A rabbet is a recess or groove cut into the edge of a piece of machineable material, usually wood. When viewed in cross-section, a rabbet is two-sided and open to the edge or end of the surface into which it is cut.

The word rabbet is from Old French rabbat, "a recess into a wall."

An example of the use of a rabbet is in a glazing bar where it makes provision for the insertion of the pane of glass and putty. It may also accommodate the edge of the back panel of a cabinet. It is also used in door and casement window jambs.


A rabbet can be cut by the following methods:

* Electric router using a straight or rebate bit

* Rebate plane or a shoulder plane

* Circular saw with multiple passes

* Dado set in a single pass

* Spindle moulder

* Hand saw and chisel

* Bandsaw

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