Stopped Rabbet

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    I was looking over a project plan and it calls for a double stopped rabbet on the edge of a board. Picture the edge of a board with a rabbet in the middle of the edge with no rabbet on each end. I think I have figured out a good way to do it, but I was curious as to how Paul would approach it. Does anyone know of a video or a project where Paul did stopped rabbets?

    Thanks in advance,



    They don’t appear often and I don’t know any specific videos in the wild except that it is an aspect (with the near edge missing) of the stopped groove or plough which Paul Sellers demonstrates in the most recent episode of his Baby-Cot build, posted on the member’s site last week. You may consider watching that and adapting the method to your requirements.

    Probably the least complex is to cut the stopped plough groove shown in Paul’s video close to the board’s edge, then ripping with a saw on a line with the near edge to provide the shape you need. Cut a wide one, cut down the middle and then you have an exact pair……..

    Sometimes size really is important and another method for longer, wider rebates is to mark every thing out on your board – the stops and edges; next stopping short of your actual stop-lines at each terminating end, cut back enough with a chisel to allow the nose of a shoulder plane. With a plough plane that can be used both left and right (Record 043, typically) cut down the back wall. Excavate the remainder with the shoulder plane.

    An alternative method is to carefully cut the whole thing out with chisels.

    It really revolves around your confidence with chisels and small planes and how many you have to cut.

    If there are a lot to make, use an electric plunge router…………

    Good luck



    Thanks. My idea was the same as you mentioned. To do the ends of the stopped rabbet with chisels, like doing a mortise or stopped dado, and then take out the bulk of the waste with a plough plane. I think it will work fine. Again, was just wondering if Paul had done anything similar in a project. Thanks so much for your input.



    As I said, the nearest Paul Sellers appears to come to it is the use of a stopped groove in his latest project, which will convert to a stopped rebate if you remove one side.

    ….. you may care to put us all out of our misery/curiosity and expand on the project.

    What needs a stopped rebate?
    Something with glass in it?


    Jim Thornton

    What you’re describing is quite similar to insetting for a hinge………..a really big hinge. If I were doing it with the tools I presently have I’d create a knife wall for the width and ends of the stopped rabbet and then scribe a depth line using my medium Router Plane (set for the final depth), as I’ve seen Paul do. Then chisel the knife wall, as he does for stopped dados and remove material down to near the depth needed and finish up with my router plane.

    If you can't afford to do big small things in a big way!

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