Started building a kitchen island for a client of mine (pics to follow in the flatwork section soon) It is going to be built form soft maple sprayed navy blue.
Raised panel doors with a beaded face frame and a quartersawn white oak 2 level counter also it will have some other goodies installed.
Up until this project I used to build the face frames, run lineal bead, rip it on the ts, and cut and miter each opening. This always left me with a feeling that it could be better. Time wise as well as quality. It never failed that when I used leaf hinges I would inevitably hit a brad or that there would be a slight inconsistency in thickness due to it shifting through the saw etc.
I have been looking at different systems for some time now, a Hoffman would have been my ultimate choice but cost and floor space prohibited that. I also looked at the kreg and although I use their pocket hole system I felt they were overpriced and that the router system they had was over complicated. When I found the Sommerfeld system it, in essence, turned the ts into a Hoffman. The price seemed reasonable so I finally ordered one.
I got the sled built yesterday and got to play around with it a bit. I have to say this is one nice system! Since I am using some long lengths for my rails (7' plus) I am reluctant to use a router table but instead use the molding head on my table saw with a bead cutter. This way I can feed the stock through flat.
I fiddled with it a bit at the end of the day yesterday but ran out of test pieces before getting the beading head just right thus no pics yet. I will say this though once its calibrated this system will perform very well and be a huge timesaver while increasing the quality of my product.
If anyone here does a fair amount of beaded face frame work I highly recommend it.