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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3 Responses to “Creating Rabbets on a Jointer”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.