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Dave Rutan

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05-12-2014 06:00 PM

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I need to put a dado in a shelf so that plates may be displayed on it. Question: how far from the wall should the dado be made and how wide should the dado be?


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#1 posted 05-12-2014 06:02 PM

I used to use a 1/4” round nosed bit. Groove was about 3/4” to 1” away from the wall.

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#2 posted 05-12-2014 07:43 PM

Dave, I did many at 1” from wall edge with a 1/2” core box bit, only ever had a problem when my wife wanted to put up a 20” platter, regular 10” to 11” plates will lean and stay put.

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#3 posted 05-12-2014 07:47 PM

I have several books with dimensional drawings of early American period furniture, two of which show:
Half inch wide by 1/4” deep, 3” out from the back, and
1/2” wide by 1/4” deep, 3.75” out from the back.

If you have the plates, press up against a flat surface & measure the depth, add 1/2” or 3/4” so the plate leans back. Then, measure the plate rim to see if you should use 1/4” or 1/2” wide slot.

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#4 posted 05-12-2014 07:53 PM

Thanks for the replies so far, keep ‘em coming, just in case.

@ Oldtool, In this case I don’t have the plates. The shelves (2) are a project for my Pastor who is painting his kitchen and ‘adjusting’ his storage solutions. I’ll be milling this dado tonight and installing the shelves tomorrow.

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#5 posted 05-12-2014 09:23 PM

The customer is always right. I decided to call my Pastor and he said that the ‘groove’ in his china cabinet is about 1 1/2 inches from the back. I did a test on a scrap of wood and tried that out using my biggest and smallest ceramicware. They were all held stable and rested against my wall well.

So I set things up and made the stopped dado at 1/2 inch wide and a pinch over 1/4 inch deep. It looks good and I’m happy. I also ran a Roman Ogee bit over the front and side edges (on the under side of the shelves. That makes them look more like a shelf than just a board on the wall. Tomorrow the install!

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