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David Waldmann

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Is there a standard thickness for 4 ply matboard? For instance, if I'm designing a fillet what should the rabbet depth be? And would it be better to err on the side of making it deeper. or shallower?

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David, as someone who uses filets on close to 90% of my matted work, I recommend that the rabbet be slightly higher than the thickest 4ply (typically solid core rag mats or fabric covered mats), and that the rabbet be vertical up to the mat thickness to easily fit a reverse bevel. It is also nice if the rabbet/flange is a little thicker that 1/8" to match the typical thickness of 1/8" archival foam core. If you can get a customer to send you mat samples and a sample of LJ's 131912, you will see the ideal size and shape for the rabbet/flange and how it fits.
 

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Pat, thanks for the info. I've got a sample of a fillet and some mats coming from my customer.
 
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