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post #1 of 9 Old 06-24-2020, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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How to Rabbet into a Butted Corner?

Hello,

New to the forum, fairly new to word working, but have general experience and fairly handy with an acceptable amount of tools. I'm working on building a workbench in which I want to recess the MDF sheet into the 2x4 frame. I plan on routing a rabbet into the inner edge of the 2x4 frame to make the space for the sheet to lay down flush. The issue I'm having is how to do this into the corner of the butted joint.

If I do a miter, I don't see the issue, just rabbet all the way through and the nice sharp corner for the MDF will be fine. But I don't like the miter for the strength (it's a rolling workbench) and sharpness (I want to have the corners rounded so they don't snag). So a butt joint is ideal, but I don't understand how to get a nice sharp corner with the router/rabbet approach. This image is an example how how I would like to end up, but I don't think they did a rabbet in this picture, just using as an example.

Look forwards to the responses, thanks for the help!
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-24-2020, 01:38 PM
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Stop the rabbit short and square it out with a sharp chisel. Or cut the rabbits full length and trim the lower portion of the end grain piece such, that when it butts up, the upper portion of that piece will fill the rabbit of the adjoining piece. That leaves you with a full thickness piece on the side where the screw head is, in your photo.
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Thank you Dave, I expected the chisel option, not a huge fan but works.

I think I understand your second solution. So the long board rabbit all the way across, then cut a section out of second piece so that it extends a little further to fill the rabbet on the first board. I suppose you could rabbit both pieces all the way down, then just cut off the section of the rabbit with the area you need to relieve to fit into the rabbet on the second board?

I think I can play around with this and make it work, thanks!!
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I suppose you could rabbit both pieces all the way down, then just cut off the section of the rabbit with the area you need to relieve to fit into the rabbet on the second board?

I think I can play around with this and make it work, thanks!!
I think you got it. I included a real rough sketch. Don't make your pieces too short, remember they have to reach to the back side of the rabbit in the other piece
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post #5 of 9 Old 06-24-2020, 06:27 PM
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I don't know why your opposed to squaring off with a chisel. It will be the easiest method.
Sharpening and using chisels is an essential part of woodworking you will need to learn sooner or later.
A work bench would be a perfect project to practice on.
Having said that, you could glue and screw a cleat on instead of routing.
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How about an oscillating multitool instead of a chisel. If you don't have one this will give you an excuse to buy one.
You can do pretty precise work with the multitool and the prices run the gamut. Lots of uses for the multutool.
Plunge blade for this operation.

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Dave, thanks for the sketch, we're on the same page.

Jimmiem, good idea, I actually do have one, not sure if this would be faster or slower....thinking faster, might test both approaches and see which I like best.
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post #8 of 9 Old 06-25-2020, 04:47 PM
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You gotta bandsaw?

This is a perfect operation for a bandsaw, especially if there is more than one, like 4 corners?
Also a pull type saw, unless its already built .... in which case, it just doesn't make sense.

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 personally would take the ledge off of the other piece, will look better from the end as it will just appear as an edge band.

Likely much easier to do as well as you have a guide for the cuts, and won't be as obvious if you screw up the match.
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