How To Cut The Grooves and Rebates

In this part of the build, I am going to show you both the power tool and the hand tool method to cut the grooves and the rebates for the cabinet. You will find both videos listed on this page.

This lessons objectives:

  • How To use a router to cut grooves
  • How to use a router to cut grooves
  • How to cut rebates by hand
  • How to cut rebates by hand

The Power Tool Method

This is the first time in the free online school that we have used a router. While this is not a comprehensive overview on how to use one, it will give you a thorough understanding of how to carry out this operation safely.

You will need

  • Router (Preferably 1/2″, but a 1/4″ will work.)
  • 30mm guide bush
  • ≈ 10mm cutter (+/- 1mm) 3/8″ is fine

It's worth noting that this particular jig doesn't require the use of a plunge router. If a fixed base is your only option, there is plenty of room ahead of the cabinet to lock the depth before cutting.

The Hand Tool Method

The hand tool method is all based around severing the long grain and taking advantage of the resulting short grain. Just make sure to continously check the depth of the groove to ensure you don't cut all the way through!

Supporting Material

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

Cutting Rebates on the Lid

This video will help when it comes to setting up the rebate plane and establishing a cut.

Cutting Long Rebates

This lesson shows you how to cut long rebates using a rebate plane and shows you methods of clamping your work.

How To Sharpen Plane Blades

Not sure how to get your plane sharp? This lesson will show you how to produce an incredibly sharp edge.

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!

Why cut the ends square before shooting them? 9:50

Cant see the line while cutting – 11:21

Body Positioning when Sawing – 12:13

Using the Bench Hook Effectively – 14:57

Using a Japanese Saw with a Bench Hook – 19:10

Thumb Positioning on Bench Hook – 21:55

Shooting the first side – 26:55

Combating Shooting Plane Deflection – 31:52

Rob Tips for Sawing – 36:32

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