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Forum topic by Bohaiboy posted 06-21-2017 03:28 PM 560 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bohaiboy

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06-21-2017 03:28 PM

Good morning all, I am buliding a small box (topless) that will have some partitions. The bottom will have a 1/4” groove for the bottom piece (already done), but I need to make a dado on the side starting from the bottom dado to within 1/8” of the top. Obviously tablesaw and dado blades are not an option. Any other way? I am thinking router table

TIA

-- Tim, Houston, TX area


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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 06-21-2017 03:35 PM

YES router is how I would do it….. GOOD LUCK :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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jdh122

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#2 posted 06-21-2017 03:35 PM

Router table will work fine, but if you only have two dados to do, it’s not hard to do it by hand with a chisel and backsaw.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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FreddieMac

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#3 posted 06-21-2017 03:37 PM

I would do it with my router table with a plunge cut and some tape on the bench to mark the start and stop points. I keep some freezer tape around for that and just mark tick marks on my fence. Just stop slightly short and chisel it out square.

You could also do it with a router freehand with a guide.

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pintodeluxe

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#4 posted 06-21-2017 03:56 PM

I usually do stopped dados with and handheld plunge router and edge guide.

Alternately you could just decide to make through dados, and expose the joint at the top. The bottom side might not show, and could be filled with a plug if needed. Through dados are so much easier, and I make those at the tablesaw with a dado blade when I can.

Good luck with it.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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MrRon

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#5 posted 06-21-2017 09:08 PM

If I need a dado that is stopped, I will do a through dado and plug the end with wood, then planed and sanded flush.

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jbay

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#6 posted 06-21-2017 09:22 PM

This is how I’ve always done them.

I have a Her-Saf Panel router for doing the dado.

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