Using Your Table Saw to Cut the Four Basic Rabbet Casework Joints

The author got ahold of a pre-production Delta Unisaw to show off the different kinds of rabbet joints you can cut in the shop, and it performed extremely well. Whether you’re building boxes, drawers or casework, these four sturdy and self-aligning rabbet joints sure come in handy. You can make them all on a table saw. beginner woodworking tools woodworking projects woodworking tips and tricks

1. Overlap Rabbet

Overlap rabbets are made from one large rabbets which is both simple to make and works well with many different types of projects.  beginner woodworking tools woodworking projects woodworking tips and tricksOverlap cut rabbet joinery One big rabbet serves many project applications in this overlapping joint.Setting table saw fence for cutting a rabbet

Measure out the thickness of rabbet cuts using the thickness of the mating part, use that thickness to set the distance between the rip fence and the blade. An overlap rabbet joint consists of one rabbet with a tongue that’s long enough to cover the thickness of the mating part. It’s a good choice for assembling drawers when economy is more important than brute strength or high style. Overlap rabbets are the preferred way to conceal back panels in cabinetry, and they offer more surface area for glue than butt joints when building boxes or carcasses of all sorts. beginner woodworking tools woodworking projects woodworking tips and tricks

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