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How to Rebate the Plinth

The plinth is the final part of the project to construct before sanding and finishing and it's quite a complicated part! It's purpose is to hide the plywood base of the box and finish off the bottom of the box neatly. Firstly, we will be cutting the long rebates. Then in later parts I will show you how to mitre the corners, attach it onto the box, and chamfer the edges.

Lesson Objectives

As always, there are a few different ways to do this. I will be using the rebate plane in this video, however Rob chose to use the Shoulder Plane in his student series. So please watch both videos if you want a full understanding of either method.

Previous Lesson

How to Shape the Finger Pull

Next Lesson

How to Mitre the Plinth

Supporting Material

Click the images below to see supporting material helping you with this part of the project.

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Have you got the plans yet?

Package includes working drawings, a cutting list, and a 3d SketchUp model!

The Student Series

Want to see another beginner make this project before you? It’s a great way to scope out any mistakes before you make one yourself!

Clamping plinth for Shoulder Plane – 2:48

Cutting material to length before rebating – 5:43

Component slipping due to insufficient clamping – 6:34

Getting rebate consistent – 12:15

Rebating bowed components – 13:19

Fixing out of square rebate using a chisel – 14:08

Overview 18:43

What Rob struggled with the most – 19:25

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