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There are a lot of different woodworking joints that you can use in your projects, but the rabbet joint is one of the most useful. This joint is strong and secure, and it’s easy to make with a simple jig. In this blog post, we will show you how to make a rabbet joint, and we will also show you the jig that you need to make it work correctly.
What Is Rabbet Joint?
A rabbet joint is a woodworking joint that forms a rabbet, or recess, in one piece of wood to accept another piece. The rabbet can be on the edge or end of one board and the mating part will have a corresponding protrusion, called a tongue, to fit into the rabbet. A rabbet joint allows two pieces of wood to be joined edge-to-edge or end-to-end while providing a strong, secure joint.
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When Would You Use A Rabbet Joint?
As a woodworker, you will use rabbet joints in many ways. They are essential for making projects like bookshelves and cabinets where the back of the project is rabbeted into place to hold it firmly against the sides. Making rabbets on shelves and doors to insert glass or metal is an easy task with this joint as well.
You can also rabbet a board halfway through to allow it to fit flush with another piece of wood, creating a strong corner joint. The rabbets on the back of picture frames are used for this very purpose and they hold your art in place firmly while allowing you to be able to remove them quickly if needed.
Rabbet joints are also a popular choice for making boxes. The rabbets on the top and bottom of the box allow you to create a strong joint that will not come apart over time.
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Why Is It Called A Rabbet Joint?
It is called a rabbet joint because rabbet means a rabbet, or rabbeting which is a notch cut into the edge of wood. A rabbetting plane can be used to make rabbets and rabbetting planes are sometimes referred to as rebate planes (or re-bate depending on your accent) because they can also be used for re-cutting the edges of boards that have already been rabbeted.
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What Is The Difference Between A Dado And A Rabbet Joint?
The difference between a dado and rabbet joint is that a rabbet joint has two shoulders, or edges, whereas a dado joint has only one shoulder.
This difference in shape allows for different types of joinery. For example, a rabbeted dado joint would be used to create a rabbeted door frame, where the rabbets on the vertical pieces line up with rabbets on the horizontal pieces.
On the other hand, a rabbet joint would be used to make rabbeted drawers and cabinets where the rabbets are only in one direction.
The rabbeting jig allows for precise cuts every time so that your joints line up perfectly without any gaps or misalignment. It is a great jig to have in your woodworking arsenal and can be used for a variety of rabbeted joints.
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