The Dado

A dado is a groove, and the dado joint is made by cutting a groove of the right size in one piece of wood to receive the end of

This is an example of a T-joining or a through bridle joint. Divide the edge of each board in thirds. Cut away the wood with a backsaw, coping saw or chisel „

Dado joint

Dado joint

A dado is a groove cut into a receiving piece A second piece then slides into the groove A dado joint is often found supporting drawer bottoms or cupboard shelves

Through dovetail

Gauge line A

- Front

Gauge line A

- Front

Through or blind dovetails make a strong corner joint. If you start from scratch, use a dovetail template to create the ratio of 1:6 for softwoods and 1:8 for hardwoods.

A rabbet joint combines pieces at a corner The groove fits the mating piece Set brads at an angle to secure the joint.

You often find a combination rabbet-dado joint holding a drawer back The rabbet slides into the dado in each drawer side another piece of wood. You can make the groove with a mallet and wood chisel or a router. This simple but strong joint often is used in furniture. Note: you will frequently run across the terms, rabbet and rabbeted joints. A rabbet is a groove or slot cut into a piece of wood, and any joint employing a groove is a rabbeted joint. For our purposes here, a rabbet is a kind of dado.

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