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I want to cut a dado in a chopping block. It would be cut at about a 65-70 degree angle to the board at a depth of about 1/2 inches. The purpose is to create a holder for a tablet so that my wife can display her recipes from electronic files. I thought about building a jig that would enable me to set a bevel on an attached base plate. Wondering if others have done this and how.

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Bill; I get the tablet holder aspect but having it sitting on the block seems like a really bad idea.
-it's in the way when you're using a long knife
-it's going to get very messy with meat and vegetable 'debris'
-it'll make picking up the chopping block for cleaning or moving it just that much more a p.i.t.a.
Imho they're not compatible functions.
Swmbo likes to have her recipes close to where she's working; after a couple of years of exposure to all of the above they're pretty disgusting.
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All of Dan's reason's why not. I would be more inclined to have something that slid into sockets under the cutting board that would like something like the sheet music holder that musicians use and have it up above the top making it easier to read.
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Why not just build a stand for the tablet and keep the two functions separate as Dan said. I believe there was a thread here a while ago that someone included a sketch of a stand.
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How about a bracket that hangs below and swings out from under the cabinet maybe.
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Bill; I get the tablet holder aspect but having it sitting on the block seems like a really bad idea.
-it's in the way when you're using a long knife
-it's going to get very messy with meat and vegetable 'debris'
-it'll make picking up the chopping block for cleaning or moving it just that much more a p.i.t.a.
Imho they're not compatible functions.
Swmbo likes to have her recipes close to where she's working; after a couple of years of exposure to all of the above they're pretty disgusting.
Dan, Really good points and I can't argue with any of them. Just have to convince wifey and then I will happily build her a stand of some sort.

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Bill, I love Ronald's suggestion ( the hanging bracket).
Coincidental with your question earlier, Wifey made a lamb shoulder in a delectable vegetable melange (for want of a better word) cooked in the slow cooker.
I had to take it out onto the cutting board to de-bone it, and slice it when it was done...
Trust me, you wouldn't have wanted the kitchen counter cleanup job!
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Glad to see this one up for discussion. The lady of the manse uses her iPad one the counter, but it definitely needs something to hold it up and keep it out of the way of flying food and deadly knives.

I'm wondering that if - with her failing eyesight - some sort of monitor hanging from the ceiling on an adjustable mount might not be better.

Going to give this some thought.
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One more fact for the wifey: the dado will attract food debris, and it will foster bacteria.

Wood is naturally anti-bacterial, but when you have a break in the wooden surface (a crack, hole, or dado!), then moisture will accumulate and bacteria is not far behind. This is the reason I don't prefer juice grooves in cutting boards ... after seeing some that are not relentlessly cleaned, I am not a fan of grooves on cutting boards.

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Good to know that, Henry, about the juice channels.
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