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    started a new project and trying out the Sommerfeld beaded ff system

    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.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrekFylqm2w

    http://sommerfeldtools.com/professio...-frame-systems
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    Looks like a pretty neat system Rich. Once you get it dialed in and set up it appears to be pretty simple. I can see how using the table saw would be easier and more consistent on longer pieces. Very Nice

    Someone here ,Alan Bienlein I think, made their own system. A copy of Kregs. I think it worked pretty well but I can't find the thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    Looks like a pretty neat system Rich. Once you get it dialed in and set up it appears to be pretty simple. I can see how using the table saw would be easier and more consistent on longer pieces. Very Nice

    Someone here ,Alan Bienlein I think, made their own system. A copy of Kregs. I think it worked pretty well but I can't find the thread.
    Here is the link with the original one I made and the updated version at the end of page two. http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...face-frame-jig

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    I saw the first set up you did Alan Thanks for posting it again as I missed your modifications. pretty sweet
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