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Forum topic by bues0022 posted 04-11-2011 07:09 PM 1498 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2011 07:09 PM

I’m reading through my Hal Taylor book, and the portion of the text discussing the joint is a little confusing. After describing the utmost importance of having a 1 1/2” rabbeting bit, it then says this:

“Using this method it is easy to cut beyond the 1/2” rabbeting depth because, cutting only a sixteenth of an inch deep, the bearing is no where near the inside surface of the notch which limits the depth of cut. It is helpful, the first few times you make this rabbeting cut to draw a bold line at exactly 1/2 inch from the notch so you can see the limit of the rabbet.”

There is an attached picture with a line and the cut going only to 1/2” away from the line. I can understand the importance of the bit size – making sure the radius of the cut is exactly 3/4”. BUT, he doesn’t say what size bearing to use. You could use a 1/2” bearing, which would make your depth-of-cut exactly 1/2” – making the above statement a bit of a moot point. I’m assuming the depth of cut would be the same all around, so why even say this point? What am I missing here?

Is “depth” meant to refer the direction in the thickness of the seat blank? I had assumed “depth” meant along the ‘length’ of the seat (as the rest of the text refers to it as, and as the pictures seem to indicate).

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#1 posted 01-08-2013 12:10 AM

Did you ever get an answer to this question. I recently came across the same proble. I was just going to use a 1 3/8 overall dia. bit and use a bearing that would leave me a 1/2” rabbet.

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#2 posted 01-08-2013 12:22 AM

I have the Maloof router bit set, I think from Highland.

The key point is that your round over radius has to equal the rabbet radius.

My RO bit is 1 1/2” diameter.

The rabbet bit is 1 1/2” diameter. Both have 1/2” bearings.



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