Cutting The Shelf Rebates

In this part of the project, we will be focusing on fitting the shelf within the carcass. This will involve some sizing of material and rebate cutting on both sides of the shelf.

This lessons objectives:

  • How to size the shelf
  • How to layout rebates
  • How to cut the rebates and avoid breakout
  • How to cut the notch on the front of the shelf

This is the first time we will be cutting across the grain when using a rebate plane. So paying attention to the behavior and sound of the grain as you cut it is very important. Ensure you have the back edge of the shelf fully supported before attempting to take the first cut.

You can of course cut these rebates using a few different methods. All of these were shown in the Box Project when I demonstrated how to cut the rebates on the lid.

The first option is to use a rebate plane as shown in this video. The second is using a shoulder plane with a solid wood fence to run it against. The third option is to use a router table with a rebate cutter. With all of these methods, ensure the back edge of the material is fully supported!

I'm commonly asked what Router Table I use. If you'd like to find out more information about it, click the button below.

Supporting Material

Click the images below to see supporting material helping you with this part of the project.

Cutting the Rebates on the Dovetail Box Lid

If you want a refresher on the different techniques when cutting the rebates. You can re-watch the video here.

How To Sharpen a Plane Blade

Getting breakout when planing across the grain? Make sure your blade is sharp! This video will show you how.

UJK Router Table Setup

Interested in the setup and use of the UJK Router Table? This video shows you what to expect upon delivery.

Have you got the plans yet?

Package includes working drawings, a cutting list, and a 3d SketchUp model!

The Student Series

Want to see another beginner make this project before you? It's a great way to scope out any mistakes before you make one yourself!

*To be filmed*

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