HowTo Frame Rabbets Notches

First Cut Establish the depth of the rabbet with the first cut. Set the rip fence by measuring to the outside of the blade.

Remove the Waste. You'll need to raise the blade and readjust the rip fence to remove the waste with a second cut.

Trim the Rails. I switched to a dado blade to trim the ends of the short rails flush with the rabbet. Take multiple light passes.

First Cut Establish the depth of the rabbet with the first cut. Set the rip fence by measuring to the outside of the blade.

Remove the Waste. You'll need to raise the blade and readjust the rip fence to remove the waste with a second cut.

Trim the Rails. I switched to a dado blade to trim the ends of the short rails flush with the rabbet. Take multiple light passes.

shown in the right drawing in the How-To box on the opposite page.

THE BEVELS. Next comes a design detail. The outside faces of the frame pieces are beveled at 10° to complement the taper of the legs. This isn't hard to do, but there is one minor complication. Due to the butt joints in the corners of the frame, the ends of the short rails will need to be beveled as well (detail 'a,' opposite page). The box at right gives you the step-by-step procedure for adding this simple profile to the frame.

A CHAMFER. After assembling the frame, there's one more thing to do before starting on the dividers. 1 used a palm router to add a Vif chamfer to the top, outside edge.

THE DIVIDING RAILS. Adding the dividing rails to the assembled frame is pretty straightforward. The important tiling is to install them so that you create four openings that are identical in size.

After cutting the pieces to width and rough length from lV-thick stock, you can rabbet them with the same two-pass method used to cut the rabbets in the frame pieces.

The divider pieces are rabbeted on both sides (detail 'b,' opposite page). But note that the rabbets are only wide. This way, the width of the top edge of the dividers matches that of the frame rails.

A SNUG FIT. To install the dividers, I first cut the long divider to fit snugly between the shoulders of the rabbets on the frame rails. Then you'll need to notch the ends of the divider to fit over the rails and flush across the top, as in detail 'c' on the opposite page.

Now, with the long divider centered in the frame, you can fit the short dividers in the same manner. Just make sure the two short rails are exactly the same length. This will help ensure the grid openings are all the same size.

ADD GLUE. The final step is to glue the dividers in place. I used the short dividers to center the long divider at each end and then added a clamp. You can cut a couple of identical length spacers to help center the short dividers.

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