What is Rabbet Depth?

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Rabbet Depth DiagramRabbet depth is the depth of the recess at the back of the frame that you load the contents into.  Think of the frame as a suitcase.  The depth of the suitcase is the rabbet depth. 

With canvas picture frames you need a frame with a deep enough rabbet to accomodate the thickness of the canvas on its stretcher bars. To hold the stretched canvas in the frame you have a couple of options.


Custom shadowbox frames are used with 3-dimensional objects and therefore require considerable depth in the rabbet.



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