Dado on Board Surface in Furniture Design Software
Question on adding a dado on a surface with furniture design software.
A SketchList 3D user emailed in this morning.
“So far I have added two vertical panels for a cabinet and put rabbet’s on the inside tops and placed a top shelf between. I want to create a groove (dado) on the inside of the panels to slip in a bottom shelf into the grooves 3/4″ from the bottom. ”
This is a very strong joint for bookshelves and such. However – make sure the span between the ends is not too long. I was in someone’s office a while back looking at the books setting on the shelving. Yep the shelves have a definite bend to the bottom near the middle of the span. Anyway…
One thing I like about the dado is the satisfaction I get when I set the shelf into the dado. Even thought I know it’s going to fit just so – I’m pleased everytime. Like I’ve never seen that before 🙂
How do you cut yours? Router? Dado cutter on the table saw? Or maybe you’re a pocket screw type and do little or no cutting at all! Hmmm.. . Back to the topic – designing woodworking projects to include a dado on a board surface.
Yep a common woodworking task – cutting a dado. How to do in in our furniture design software? Well basically it’s a non-round hole cut accross the board at a given location, with acertain height and depth of less htan the board thickness. Usually but not always these run horizontally. The video shows how to do that. Given a moment to think however you can figure out how to adjust the size and location values to make a cut vertically.
Good luck. Design once – measure twice – cut once.
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