What is a Rabbet?

Definition of Rabbet in Construction
Term used to describe a cut out along the side of a piece of wood, vinyl or aluminum. A rabbet allows the flush installation of a flat piece of stock into the rabbeted piece of wood, vinyl or aluminum. The term rabbet is a universal construction term and describes a means of embedding another piece of construction material into the adjacent piece. The rabbet is normally a linear joint alongside the edge of a piece of material that is designed to accept the attaching piece of material with a glue joint or by mechanical means.