How to Cut Rabbets with Hand Tools

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.

©  Joshua T. Farnsworth


Here are some links to the tools that I used in this tutorial (you can use variations):


Hand Cut Rabbet - Shoulder Plane

About Joshua Farnsworth

I've recently become wildly passionate about traditional woodworking with hand tools, and I want to spread the "good word". This website facilitates my quest to learn traditional woodworking skills, then teach others what I've learned. This method reinforces my learning, and also helps other people to discover this ancient and noble trade. I've found that quite often I learn best from someone who has recently learned about a subject. I suppose it's because they're just focused on the fundamentals, and can see the struggles of other "newbies". I hope you enjoy my videos, photos, and articles. Please feel free to leave constructive comments!


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