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Help!!! I had to cut a small cabinet down and now I need to cut a rabbit in the top edge of cabinet. I am asking for ideas on how to do this safely and accurately.

I am thinking that a fence set very close 3/8" from the bit, then set it over the edge of the cabinet. My concern is keeping the router stable.

I would appreciate any ideas you all my have.
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Hi Tom,

There will be commercial offset base plates available for your router, but why not make your own out of 1/4" ply and use a bearing guided rabbet cutter?

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I cut a groove in the end of a cutting board. See if that might give you some ideas on how to stabilize your router.

I can't find the pics! :-(
I clamped a 2x4 to each side of the cutting board. Then I made a jig from 2 pieces of 1/2 inch plywood so the router template bushing would be guided along the path. Then I screwed on a stop on either end. The router had a flat surface to ride on and I wound up with a nice hand grip on both ends of the cutting board.

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I have never use and offset base before. The edge will be 3/8" wide, would an offset base help in this case?
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This sounds like it might work. I'll see if I can do this.
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This might work if I can get a 2x4 inside the cabinet. I guess I could nail it in place the put the jig on top of the 2x4's.
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Double face tape a 2x4 to the opposite side of rabbet and use a rabbing bit that should give you 2" to support the router.
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Put your tape on and clamp it for a few minutes. That 2x4 will be stuck like chuck! :-)
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Help!!! I had to cut a small cabinet down and now I need to cut a rabbit in the top edge of cabinet. I am asking for ideas on how to do this safely and accurately.

I am thinking that a fence set very close 3/8" from the bit, then set it over the edge of the cabinet. My concern is keeping the router stable.

I would appreciate any ideas you all my have.
Well, first thing is to make sure the rabbit is dead, before you start cutting on it. That always helps.

See, your teacher was right, spelling 'does' make a difference.

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Well, first thing is to make sure the rabbit is dead, before you start cutting on it. That always helps.

See, your teacher was right, spelling 'does' make a difference.
Your right it does make a difference. I will make sure that rabbit is dead before I cut a rabbet. Never was too good at spelling I & E get me every time.
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