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A rabbet

A rabbet (also known as a rebate outside the US[1][2]) is a recess or groove cut into the edge of a piece of machinable 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,"[3] and rabattre "to beat down".[4]

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, and for shiplap planking. A rabbet can be used to form a joint with another piece of wood (often containing a dado).



  1. ^ "Oxford Dictionaries - rebate". Retrieved 2017-10-30. 
  2. ^ "Oxford Dictionaries - rabbet". Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  3. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary
  4. ^ "Oxford Dictionaries - rebate". Retrieved 2011-12-12.