How often do you cut rabbets in your jointer?

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Been shopping for a jointer for a while now and getting closer to pulling the trigger and curious how often does everyone use the rabbet option on their jointer.

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#1 posted 03-20-2019 03:00 PM

ive never cut a rabbet on the jointer.

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#2 posted 03-20-2019 03:12 PM

My next one will be my first.

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#3 posted 03-20-2019 03:34 PM

same here—never used that option on my jointer.

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#4 posted 03-20-2019 03:44 PM

Ditto. It’s so much easier to use my router with a rabbeting bit, or a guide, or my router table…pretty much anytime it’s easier to move my router than to move the board.

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#6 posted 03-20-2019 04:00 PM


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#7 posted 03-20-2019 04:04 PM

Never for me as well, if I need one I use a dado blade in the TS and a sacrificial fence.

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#8 posted 03-20-2019 04:16 PM

I guess I’m the exception, only been 3 or 4 months since I cut rabbets on my joiner. Pretty fast and easy setup, thats why I sometime use it.

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#9 posted 03-20-2019 04:24 PM

Zero! But my jointer does have that little shelf for it.

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#10 posted 03-20-2019 07:19 PM

zero times.

Maybe someday I’ll try it.

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#11 posted 03-20-2019 07:23 PM

Had too much tear out on the red oak I was using, and never tried it again.
Router had zero tear out issues.
Funny, always wondered if using a jointer for cutting rabbit was common.
Will soon know…..

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#12 posted 03-20-2019 07:28 PM


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#13 posted 03-20-2019 07:35 PM

I prefer to whack ours in the back of the head, much quicker and humane. But in all seriousness, I would prefer to use my dado stack or a router.

-- -Measure once, cut twice, cut once more for good measure.

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#14 posted 03-20-2019 07:45 PM

I have done it quite a few times. It is pretty quick and easy.

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#15 posted 03-20-2019 07:58 PM

My old 6” grizzley could cut rabbits, I never used it. My new Jointer/planer doesn’t and I don’t miss it.

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