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Forum topic by Joe posted 12-07-2009 06:23 PM 838 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2009 06:23 PM

Greetings LJ, I’m starting on a gun cabinet for my father. The door frame calls for a rabbet for the glass. Is it better to cut all the rail and stile rabbets on the table saw before glue up. Or use a router to cut the rabbet after assembled? It’s probably a matter of taste but I am not sure. Thanks….

-- Senior Chief

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#1 posted 12-07-2009 06:43 PM

Its spelt…............Rabbet, not to be confused with the bunny spelt Rabbit

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 12-07-2009 07:22 PM

Joe…I prefer to do the rabbet after assembly using a router. I find it works best to make a couple of passes so it doesnt chip. Also if you assemble the pieces first, especially if you use pocket joinery you will have to be careful that the screws arent near the rabbet area. Then like DaveR said, square up the corners.

Oh, and roman…its spelled, not spelt. :-)

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 12-07-2009 07:52 PM

If you run them first, then the two stiles need to have a “stop” rabbet. If you are a novice/intermediate woodworker and using dado blades, this can be dangerous. If you dont stop the rabbet then it leaves open spots at the top and bottom.

As others have stated, using router with a rabbet bit and bearing works for me and despite the fact that you shouldnt do the following…..I run the router back wards as this eliminates “tear out” and the final pass I run the correct direction, then knock thwround corners out with a sharp chisel.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 12-07-2009 09:24 PM

Thanks everyone. I think I will assemble the door and square the corners after the router pass.

Note to self…..its rabbet…...LOL

-- Senior Chief

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#5 posted 12-07-2009 10:43 PM

Woodwork lessen and a spelling lessen… Oh Lesson, LOL

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#6 posted 12-07-2009 11:51 PM

Rebate, mates.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 12-07-2009 11:57 PM

lessen? OH POOH

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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