How to cut a Dado on a Table Saw
- Table saw
- Push Sticks
- Wood for the project you are making (can be any thickness)
- Tape measure or combination square
- Safety gear (glasses, ear/lung protection)
- Chisel, depending on how accurate your cuts are…you may not need it, but if you have some small slivers of wood then it is very helpful for removing them.
So what is a dado joint you ask? Well, first of all, let’s pronounce it correctly, maybe you already know, but I wasn’t sure. Sandra gave my the best way to remember…Dado rhymes with Play-dough! See?! Now you will never forget.
A dado joint is a slot or trench cut into wood where another piece of wood fits into. You can use these joints in a variety of ways, but a lot of times they are used for shelves to fit into the sides of a bookcase.
Making Dado Cuts
Getting symmetrical dado joints: