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Stretchers and shelf - rabbet vs ledge

Nathan Harold
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:17:12 GMT

This is a Roubo workbench question about using a rabbet to support shelving instead of adding a ledge or cleat as support. The "Workbenches: From Design And Theory To Construction And Use" book advises adding a ledge around the stretchers to support shelving. I plan my shelving to be level or just slightly proud of the stretchers. This, I think, will let me slide heavy stuff on/off the shelf easily. It'll also reduce dust and shavings filling up my shelf. My question to the crew here - instead of adding a ledge to support the shelves, why not rabbet the top edge of the stretchers? Then my 3/4" shelving just sits on the stretchers directly.

Chris Schwarz
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:29:16 GMT

There's nothing wrong with a rabbet. I prefer the ledge because it's easier than cutting a deep rabbet with hand tools.