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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-02-2010, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Default Cutting rabbits in dovetails?

Hi everyone,

I'm fairly new to woodworking and I've run into a problem with a project. I'm making my husband a box to hold some of his woodturning tools. The sides are red oak and the front/back are Aspen. The dovetails turned out perfect; no problems. He wants the top of the box to have 1/4" bubinga laid flush on top of a rabbitted edge; hinges on the sides.

How do I get the rabbit edge correct? I cut the dropped rabbit edge on my router table with the top sections apart. The area where the oak meets the aspen looks awful. Not square, not level and looks like a squirrel chewed on the edges. My skill with a chisel is nearly non-existant.

Is there a better way?

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You can make the four sides of your lid frame & assemble together leaving an open center section. Then use a rabbit bit with a bearing & route a rabbit around inside parameter. Depth set to thickness of center section material. Use a chisel to square up your rounded corners from the machining process with the bit. Cut your center section sized to fit the rabbited section. Your center section should fit the recess & be flush with the frame.

Do you have a picture of your box?

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I don't have a picture at the moment but I will take some this evening. Thanks for the help; I wasn't sure how to proceed.

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