Creating Rabbets on a Jointer

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Duration: 4:05

George Vondriska shows you how to create rabbets on a jointer. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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  1. Haroldo
    Haroldo

    I learned a long time ago that if you grind a slight relief angle (10 to 15 degrees) on the end of the jointer knives it helps to cut smoother shoulders on the rabbets.

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  2. Jay
    Jay

    That’s great advice when you don’t have or want to use a dado stack or don’t have a router table, which is my personal preference. But for dados, you do have a problem using the jointer. I have used the jointer many times cross grain but only with very conservative cuts on the order of a 64th of an inch. Some tear out could be expected, but it is often very minor and if done before the with-the-grain cuts, it might not matter. Of course, tear out can happen with any across-the-grain cuts where a sacrificial piece isn’t used or just isn’t desirable.

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  3. Hal Schmerer
    Hal Schmerer

    Thanks for this info. Have had this ability for years but never knew how to use it. Now after only a couple of minutes I understand the process and can use this. Super great info.

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