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Cures for Loose Dadoes

Sloppy slots can be a headache -- here are three ways to mend them.

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Cut or sand a shim to fit snugly; then
score it flush with a utility knife.
Remove the shim and trim it to size on
your workbench.

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The quick fix: Shim it

Use veneer or rip a shim of matching stock to fill the remaining gap, sanding, if necessary, to create a tight fit. Place the shim on the side where it will least likely be seen. For example, few people will ever look under a low shelf, so put the shim below it. Install a shim on the top side of a high shelf. Glue the shim to the shelf and dado wall, trim or sand it smooth, and you'll likely be the only one to ever know it's there.

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Comments (4)
Frostychevy wrote:

Been there as well. Now I cut a smaller blind dado on the upright so there is no evidence of a dado. Then I route off about 3/16 of an inch on the top and bottom of each side of the shelf. Trimming back the front portion of the mortised edge about 1/4 inch shorter than the original length of the dado gives me a clean no visible dado front with a tight fit on all the shelves on the front of the finished piece. Takes some extra work and a bit of trial and error but I like the look when done.

2/5/2015 01:35:48 PM Report Abuse
grip wrote:

I've been there, great tips on dado's. Thanks.

12/11/2010 03:39:50 AM Report Abuse
BIGBEAR76 wrote:

I'd sure like it if there was a single download button for these plans...please ADD A SINGLE DOWNLOAD BUTTON TO ALL THESE PLANS->A SINGLE DOWNLOAD BUTTON THAT WORKS...PLEASE-> THANKS SO MUCH! tjl

7/5/2010 11:49:01 PM Report Abuse

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