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Dado first or Rip first (2x8 plywood)

Hello,

I have a 2'x8' 3/4" piece of cabinet grade plywood.

Eventually I would like to make shelves for books/misc so I plan on cutting the piece into 2x 1'x8' and cutting dados for the actual shelves.

Should I rip the piece first or cut the dados then rip?

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I would do the dadoes first, and do them with a jig like this, and a handheld router. That way they will be spaced the same on the plywood when you rip it. It may be awkward to machine dadoes on the tablesaw, with the sheet being so long...even worse doing separate 1' x 8' pieces.






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Don't forget to mark the ends so both pieces match. Seems to me dyslexia kicks in at all the wrong times for me! :-(
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Cool thanks guys!

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ya dado first I've never done a dado on the router so I'd say table saw and ride it along the fence. But You have an 8 foot piece that is long so the router might be the best alternative because you don't have to move the piece.
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