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A groove cut into a part.
A strip applied to a part as, for example, a stop or seal.
A joint formed by fitting one member into a groove, channel, or recess in the face or edge of a second member.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


A long groove or channel that is cut into the edge or face of a board to receive another board that is fitted into the groove at a right angle to it.
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rabbet, 1
1. A longitudinal channel, groove, or recess cut out of the edge or face of a member; esp. one to receive another member, or one to receive a frame inserted in a door or window opening, or the recess into which glass is installed in a window sash.
3. A shallow recess in one body to receive another, as at the edges of a pair of doors or windows so shaped as to provide a tight fit; one half of the edge projects beyond, and serves as a stop for, the other edge of each leaf.
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This type of failure occurred in 96 percent of the rabbet 1, rabbet 2, and butt joints.
One advantage to using rabbet joints instead of butt joints when assembling a tray like this is that the former provides about 30 percent greater joining strength because there's more surface area for the glue to adhere to when the floor and sides are glued and screwed together.
At the corners of these boxes, the ends fit into rabbets cut into the sides.
A rabbet is simply a square notch at the edge of plywood or lumber.
I then turned the wider frame on its side to achieve the necessary depth, and the narrower frame sits snugly within the rabbet. The matching burl-finish wraps from the face frame around to the wall while appearing to be one continuous piece of moulding.
I cut shiplap joints (an overlapping rabbet joint used in boat-building) on the plank edges that abut other planks--not because I was concerned about the seaworthiness of my firewood box, but because it would conceal gaps between the uneven edges of the boards.
Cut door strips apart to make 12 doors,then cut a shallow rabbet in one back edge of each for the hings, as pictured on page 100.
It's common practice to cut a rabbet (a notch to receive the 1/4-in, back panel) on the back edge of cabinet carcasses so the back panel will be recessed.
"Framing Elements combines our most popular moulding styles, finishes and ready-made frame sizes with rabbet depths that accommodate double matting and most standard canvas," he said.
For the hardboard base, cut a 1/8- by 3/8-inch rabbet in one edge of the side board.
The Her-Saf Panel Router is perhaps the most versatile dado machine on the market designed to accurately dado, groove and rabbet in wood, plastic, solid surface material and engineered materials.