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What To Do With This Board? #6: Silly Rabbet!

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Blog entry by Mean_Dean posted 05-15-2015 11:05 PM 1035 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Trix are for kids!

Hey Guys!

Trix may be for kids, but rabbets are for grown ups! Got the rabbets cut today on the router table. I used a 3/4” straight bit buried in the fence to cut the 1/4” x 1/4” rabbets.

Another interesting setup guide I use is a 1/4” square dowel. Since it’s square, it doesn’t roll around like a drill bit will. I used it to set both the height of the bit, and its distance from the fence.

I cut the endgrain first, so that any tearout would be cleaned up by cutting the long grain, then cut the long grain sides.

Here’s how they turned out: (The top is left intentionally long so that I can cut the handle detail later.)

After rabbetting the top and bottom, I dry-fit the box to see how she was coming along.

A last detail with the box carcase/top interaction is to figure out the best way to attach the small mitered corners, either on the box itself or the top, so the box will look complete when the lid is closed.

That’s all for this addition. I’m taking tomorrow (Saturday) off, and will see you back here on Sunday, when I’ll cut the lid handle detail, and begin work on the feet. See ya then!

-- Dean



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wdwrkr631

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#1 posted 05-15-2015 11:28 PM

Looking good Dean! Are you making the handle from the same piece of wood or are you using an accent wood? Thanks for posting this blog.

-- Brian McKnight, Long Island, New York

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#2 posted 05-16-2015 12:25 AM

Brian, thanks for the compliment!

As far as the handle, technically, the entire box must be made from the one board my neighbor gave me, as per the first entry in this blog series.

I’m thinking that I would lay out a curve on the “handle” end of the top, and let it overhang the box by an inch or so, so that you can grasp it to open the lid. If a curve seem boring, let me know any ideas you have!

As for the mitered corner pieces, I’m leaning toward just cutting them to fit, and gluing them to the box carcase itself. But, since it’s a endgrain-to-endgrain joint, it won’t be very strong. Then again, the joint shouldn’t take too much abuse. I just don’t like half-assing it like this—I tend to overbuild things, and this joint won’t be overbuilt!

-- Dean

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