My first shot at rabbeted joints

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Project by Jofa posted 11-03-2015 05:40 PM 695 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In a recent thread, I had questions about the depth I needed for a firm, rabbeted joint.

I ended up using my Freud dado blade (needed a couple of passes to get to the 3/4” I was looking for) and the overall remainder on the rabbet was about 1/4”. Basically, I was looking for a minimal amount of end-grain to show when doing my roundover.

So this speaker cab is made of pine and 100 year old, repurposed mahogany that was the top to an old dresser that someone had damaged beyond value. I was able to get a good amount of that top and had to remove many layers of paint (yes, paint) in order to arrive at a useable piece. Fortunately, this left me with a 3/4” thickness.

This style of guitar cab is called “tv front” because the speaker baffle sits behind the outer frame and it looks like an old tv from the early days.

Fairly pleased with the way the rabbets worked although using the dado blade didn’t really give me the accuracy I wanted. Had to use higher clamping pressure than I typically like.

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#1 posted 11-03-2015 05:51 PM

Very nicely done.

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#2 posted 11-03-2015 06:32 PM

looks great, i love re-purposed wood pieces like that mahogany. always amazing to see what second life people give old wood…

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