Rabbet

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A rabbet

A rabbet or rebate 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.

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).

Etymology[edit]

The word rabbet is from Old French rabbat, "a recess into a wall",[1] and rabattre "to beat down".[2] According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "In North America the more usual form is rabbet".[3] The form "rebate" is often pronounced the same way as "rabbet".[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Harper, Douglas. "rabbet, n". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  2. ^ "rabbet". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ a b "rebate, n.2". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)