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post #1 of 6 Old 03-23-2010, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from So Cal

Hello everyone. New to this forum and new to woodworking. I got bit by the bug recently. I decided to clean out the garage and found that I needed a cabinet/shelf to store some stuff. I went looking to buy a storage cabinet, but found them to weak and flimsy. So I looked into building my own. That got me started into looking into the woodworking world.

After a few days of looking online and what people have done. I'm just I hope that one day, I can do a quarter of what they do.

I hope that the people here are as friendly and helpful as they seem. I'm still learning the terms and slangs. To start off with, what the hell is a dado?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-23-2010, 09:49 PM
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Welcome KidRice, great forum, especially for us old newbies. Dado's are extinct birds, died off cuz they were dumber than the Dodo's.
More literate members here will likely chime in but another description of a Dado is a wide kerf or groove cut in wood by a specialized blade. For your Cabinet, a common use of a Dado would include those grooves cut in the side panels to provide mounting channels for the shelves. You adjust the width by adding or removing chippers and shims, or by rotating the cutter head on the adjustable types. I've got a couple types, but they all still do the same thing....cut wide kerfs for seating or joining lumber.

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Hey guy, welcome aboard.

If you're interested in poking around a site that has lots of wood terms will illustrations (including a discussion of different kinds of dado), try



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Welcome to our world of woodworking!You can find info here on about every subject.Being your new,read all you can especially about safety practices when operating the power tools.The first thing I made when I bought a tablesaw was a crosscut sled because it makes crosscutting a lot safer as far as kickbacks go.Itchy Brother
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Hello from No Calif.

Welcome. I'm in Northern Calif near Yuba City/Marysville. Like I did, you'll find plenty of info in these threads to keep you chugging in the right direction.

My experience shows sometimes the word, 'dado" is the four letter you didn't know you knew, especially if it is the wrong size and in the wrong location. I've done both recently.

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Welcome from Texas !!!

Welcome to the forum.
Lot's of great folks here bouts to help ya out.

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Where did I put that tape measure???
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