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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.



http://www.portercable.com/Products/...roductID=16796

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post #2 of 3 Old 09-25-2015, 11:27 PM
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Oooops....

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)
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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 (Rockler.com), Stone Mountain (PtreeUSA.com), CMT and WoodRiver (Woodcraft.com). 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.
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