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Cures for Loose Dadoes

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Time To Start Over?
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Cut a filler strip from scrap stock that
closely matches in color and grain.
Glue it in place; then plane or sand it flush.

Time To Start Over?

Fill the gap and start over

If the gap is too wide for either of the previous fixes, and you don't want to scrap the part, fill the dado with a strip of similar wood that closely matches in color and grain pattern, as shown below. Next, recut your dado to the correct width, making test cuts in scrap to confirm the fit. If possible, position the new dado so any sliver of the filler strip that will show is on the side that will be seen the least.

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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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