Stopped Rabbets

A stopped rabbet, of course, is one that does not extend the full length of an edge. It can be stopped at one Of both ends.

Here's a list of techniques for beginning and ending stopped rabbets using a hand-held router: • Mark the beginning and ending points on the work. Make the cut between the two marks, visually aligning the bit with the starting mark to begin, and stopping the cut when the ending mark is reached. The accuracy of this approach depends upon the clarity of your vision and the steadiness of your hand. (It can be easier to do this if your marks reference the outer edge of the base rather than the bit, since this relieves you of the nccc to sight through the baseplate's bit opening and the operation's chip storm.) • Clamp stops to the work. The position of the stops would correspond to the marks that reference the base. You butt the router against the stop at the starting point and rout until it hits the stop at the end point. Clamping stops to the work can more easily be said than done in many cases. You might want to try using a dadoing jig with adjustable stops. (See the chapter "Dadoing and Grooving" for plans.)

Doing the same cuts on the router table can be a little easier. Visually align beginning and ending marks by penciling marks on the router-table fence that correspond to the edges of the bit (put a little masking tape on the fence if you don't want to mark directly on it). Obviously, your view of these marks won't be obscured.

To make the cut, you simply align the work beside the bit, push it against the fence (and thus onto the bit), make the cut, and pull the work away from the fence.

Almost easier still is to use stops. You can apply small hand screws to the router table fence as stops. The hard pan is calculating the positions.

SETTING UP STOPS

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SETTING UP STOPS

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MEAJURE FROM RIC.UT SIDE Of BiT TO 5ET STOP BLOCK

MEASURE FROM LEFT SlOE OF BIT TO SET START BLOCK

5"OP BLOCK

MEAJURE FROM RIC.UT SIDE Of BiT TO 5ET STOP BLOCK

MEASURE FROM LEFT SlOE OF BIT TO SET START BLOCK

5"OP BLOCK

Fence Bracing Techniques

In an ideal situation, the router woodworker can mark starting and stopping points on the workpiece itself and track the bit's progress visually. Setup is thus minimized, since you don't have to extrapolate from end points to stop-block positions.

Routing Techniques

A hand screw can serve double duty when you are making a stopped rabbet. Properly positioned, the hand screw can both secure the work to the router bench and be the stop.

Cutting a stopped rabbet on the router table is easy. Ijty the work on the table. Brace the right end of it against the fence, and keep the left end free of the hit. Align the starting point mark on the work with the mark on the fence to the left of the bit. Push the work flat against the fence, thus beginning the cut. Feed the work to the left, making the cut. Stop when the end point on the work aligns with the mark on the fence to the right of the bit. Pull the end of the work away from the fence, ending the cut.

In an ideal situation, the router woodworker can mark starting and stopping points on the workpiece itself and track the bit's progress visually. Setup is thus minimized, since you don't have to extrapolate from end points to stop-block positions.

A hand screw can serve double duty when you are making a stopped rabbet. Properly positioned, the hand screw can both secure the work to the router bench and be the stop.

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The stop for the starting point will be to the right, the one for the ending point will be to the left. To set the starting block: Measure from the end of the work to the beginning of the cut. Thai's the distance the block must be from the left side of the bit. To set the ending block: Measure from the beginning of the work to the end of the cut. That's the distance the block must be from the right side of the bit. Example: The workpiece is 22 inches long and the rabbet is 10 inchcs long. The rabbet starts 7 inches from one end. and it ends 5 inches from the other. The starting block will be on the right. 15 inches from the left side of the bit. The ending block will be on the left. 17 inches from the right side of the bit.

Obviously, the length of your fence can pretty easily be outstripped. When this happens, either you can attach a temporary facing that's long enough for the task at hand, or you can revert to the visual alignment of pencil marks.

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