In our current project, The Small Wall Cupboard, we use the rebate joint as the main method of joinery. In this video I show you an alternative approach to cutting the rebate joint by hand with only the very basic of tools.
As I mention in the video, this isn’t the text book approach to cutting these joints but when we start out with hand tools chances are we won’t have every tool right away and a specialist fillister plane may be last on the list. It’s good to go right back to basics sometimes, to sharpen your skills with basic joinery and control of your hand tools, so we can create just as good results in a less than perfect set up.
I split down to remove much of the waste from the cross grain rebate joint. This is a very fast and effective approach to many situations so it’s worth getting in some practice for a feel on how the grain behaves in different woods and circumstances. We will be making a separate video on this topic to cover things in more detail and show how to go about it when the grain runs down towards your marked lines.
In the rebate joint going along the grain I use a shoulder plane to clean up the bottom. I would like to add that this could also be achieved by paring down with a chisel if you really wanted to keep tooling to the absolute minimum. I do consider a shoulder plane to be amongst my essential tools though, and it will be just as useful whether you opt for wooden or metal. It’s an extremely versatile tool which will see a lot of use.
Part One of our Wall Cupboard Video can be viewed here.