Need Help with Corner Dado


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I’m attempting to reproduce a small table for a friend. It requires corner dados (see illustration) for the installation of two lower shelves. I’ve never done a corner dado installation in the past and I’d welcome any advice on the best way to cut the angled dados (dado set, router, saw and chisel etc)?

 

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I’d make a sled to hold the piece at 45*, similar to cutting splines. Either dado set or set up stops and use a flat top grind TS blade. This could also be done on a router table.

Or hand saw and chisel. 

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A sled or a fixture for your miter gauge depending on scale.  I made this out of a piece of 2x4 to cut angled slots in the adjustable rails of a planer sled. 

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The slots accept little wedges to set the height but, same basic idea.

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Hammer, You got me thinking about my own leg dado problem.  I kept trying to think of a way to do it quickly with power tools but I realized that I was probably going to spend more time thinking an making jigs that it would take to just do it. (thanks Joe).  So here's what I came up with.  The bulk of the removal of the corner of the shelf was done on the table saw.  The rest is hand saw, router plane and chisel work.

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I haven't yet decided if I am going to glue the joints.  I could let them float.  I could glue them; this the bottom shelf and the the next one is 11" up - just let the legs flex.

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On 5/22/2022 at 8:21 PM, Ronn W said:

Hammer, You got me thinking about my own leg dado problem.  I kept trying to think of a way to do it quickly with power tools but I realized that I was probably going to spend more time thinking an making jigs that it would take to just do it. (thanks Joe).  So here's what I came up with.  The bulk of the removal of the corner of the shelf was done on the table saw.  The rest is hand saw, router plane and chisel work.

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I haven't yet decided if I am going to glue the joints.  I could let them float.  I could glue them; this the bottom shelf and the the next one is 11" up - just let the legs flex.

You are dealing with end grain, and cross-grain conflicts, the glue will do very little to keep the joint together.  A well fitting joint will suffice if the legs are made with stable material lacking in twist or bow.

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On 5/22/2022 at 9:00 PM, joe mendel said:

You are dealing with end grain, and cross-grain conflicts, the glue will do very little to keep the joint together.  A well fitting joint will suffice if the legs are made with stable material lacking in twist or bow.

I tend to agree.  I have a good fit on these joints so they should be fine.

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