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post #1 of 2 Old 02-22-2016, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Rabbet Joint

Was building some cabinets for a project I'm working on. Material is birch finished plywood. When I cross-cut my rabbet joints along the top and bottom of the cabinet side panels, the veneer finished chipped very badly. I was cutting the rabbets using a stacked dado blade on my table saw. Fortunately the cabinets will be painted so the splintered veneer can be filled in before painting.

In the future, what's a better way to cut the rabbets to avoid the splintering? When I used my router with a straight bit to cut the dados the cut was very clean, should I use the straight bit and router to cut the rabbets next time?

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post #2 of 2 Old 02-22-2016, 07:20 AM
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What you can do next time is take a utility knife and a straight edge and score the plywood before making the cut. If you cut through the outer layer of veneer it won't chip. If you don't want to do that putting yellow masking tape over the cut will reduce the amount and severity of the chips. A sharp blade will help the most though.
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