How to Cut Rabbets with Hand Tools

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Blog entry by WoodAndShop posted 05-03-2014 12:36 PM 3184 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at

I’m excited to share a quick video tutorial about how to cut rabbet joints by hand, with a few simple hand tools. This method focuses on cutting rabbets along the grain, which is especially useful for cutting moldings (first step in using hollows & rounds molding planes), picture frames, etc.

Go to this original blog entry (here) for some links to the tools that I used in this tutorial (you can use variations):
-Marking gauge (I like the wheel type)
-Medium or large shoulder plane
-Rabbet Plane (you can use metal or wooden; new or old)

I wish you success!

-- Joshua Farnsworth - Free Traditional Hand Tool Woodworking Tutorials:

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#1 posted 05-03-2014 02:52 PM

I wood love to learn how to use a plane the correct way ,but have no teachers in my area if you know of any I’m located in the So.side of Beverly neighborhood about 116th St.

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#2 posted 05-03-2014 03:48 PM

Hey Jimbo, here's a woodworking school in Chicago. You can also just Google: chicago woodworking classes. Or find a traditional woodworker to become friends with. But the best way to learn is to join the Mid-West Tool Collector’s Association and make friends with traditional woodworkers, and ask them to help you. Here’s a link to all their regional chapters.

-- Joshua Farnsworth - Free Traditional Hand Tool Woodworking Tutorials:

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