Face Edge

August 5th, 2017

In woodworking, carpentry and wood furniture design, the face edge is the most attractive side surface of a piece of wood which is planed square to the face side. The process of getting the best visual results for furniture making is as follows:

  1. The best and broad side of a piece of wood is planed flat and smooth. This then becomes the ‘face side’.  In carpentry, it is marked with an ‘ f’ for Face.
  2. Next, the most attractive edge (in terms of grain and lack of blemishes), is planed straight and square to the Face Side. This becomes the Face Edge.  This too is marked, sometimes with a ‘V’.
  3. The Face Mark and the Edge Mark are usually made so they are adjacent to each other.
  4. Having two prepared straight, square and true surfaces, the remaining surfaces in terms of e.g. thickness and width, can be gauged, cut and planed more easily.  Without going through this careful preparation, it’s difficult to ensure that a piece of wood follows a furniture design drawing.

Last Modified / Updated on: March 17, 2017 at 2:05 pm

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