Router Bit to cut 3/8 x 5/8 rabbet - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 Old 09-25-2015, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
Accomplished Woodworker
vdotmatrix's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: alexandria, va
Posts: 121
View vdotmatrix's Photo Album My Photos
Router Bit to cut 3/8 x 5/8 rabbet

I have assembled the most perfect hive boxes I have ever built perfectly square, perfect hand holds...stapled them with a new technique so they are perfect and BOMBPROOF=BUT I forgot to cut the frame ledge wish is a rabbet cut 3/8" x 5/8" (honey frame ledge). inside the box's end sides

The problem or task I have is to cut these frame ledges in place using some kind of router bit. I rarely use a router but I think I have the bit at the link below.

Can someone give me some ideas on how to proceed please.

Last edited by vdotmatrix; 09-25-2015 at 10:11 PM.
vdotmatrix is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 09-25-2015, 11:27 PM
where's my table saw?
woodnthings's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: SE, Michigan
Posts: 27,167
View woodnthings's Photo Album My Photos

Those look great! You have several choices. You can attempt to rout the rabbet all around the bottom on all 4 sides. It can be done, but because there is very little edge to support your router it will be necessary to make a "shelf" to clamp to the sides. It's an "L" shaped piece that you can clamp to the side of your box. Then you use a rabbeting bit with a bearing on the bottom and trace around the interior of the box. The corners will be round, but you can chisel them out.

Your bit is fine:

OR, you can just cut your bottom to a snug fit, and tack a support strip all around the bottom. Run a few nails into the bottom itself and you'll be fine. Assuming the bottom is permanent ?

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
woodnthings is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 09-26-2015, 02:08 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Portland Oregon Metro Area
Posts: 474
View ORBlackFZ1's Photo Album My Photos
I have not had very good luck with Porter Cable router bits, especially ones that are 1/4" shaft. I have had great success with Rockler (, Stone Mountain (, CMT and WoodRiver ( The 1/2" shaft router bits are preferred. Hopefully, your router can handle 1/2" shaft size router bits.

As Woodnthings stated, you will need some support to hand route the rabbet around the inside edge. One method that I use is to build a sled that is wider than your box by 6" inches. Mount your router in the sled and then you can use the sled to keep the router vertical. Google search "router sled" and you can find lots of references for a router sled. Most of them are for flattening large slabs, but the concept works for rabbeting edges on boxes also.

I use my router sled to flush trim cabinets that I have glued strips of hardwood on to cover the plywood edges. The flush trimming trims the hardwood trim to match the plywood side.

Your boxes look small enough to handle on a router table, if you have one. If you don't, maybe it is time to make your own router table.
ORBlackFZ1 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Whiteside Ultimate UDC9112 Flush Trim Router Bit Marv Tool Reviews 12 03-06-2018 03:09 PM
Way to attach router fence to Table Saw Fence joe1871 Tips, Tricks, & Homemade Jigs 4 09-24-2015 01:19 AM
Router Table recommendation [email protected] General Woodworking Discussion 5 09-07-2015 10:01 AM
Router Table, CL find tchara Power Tools & Machinery 18 08-20-2015 10:53 PM
Router bit set purchase tchara Power Tools & Machinery 8 08-08-2015 02:26 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome