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Did my first dado with the router, which will be how I do it from now on probably. Sure like not screwing around with taking dado blades on and off the table saw. Plus it was a perfect 3/4.

I need to remake the T jig I made. I never thought about doing plywood and doing both sides of the shelve at the same time. No marking the wood, and both exact. But my jig was not long enough to do 20" across.


Just a practice plywood shelf for basement. I was impressed with how the bit did 1/4 depth on first pass. Can I expect this on hard wood too?
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Good job I guess. Did not see a pic of a dado or your T jig whatever that is.
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I think I saw the jig here. Just two pieces of plywood screwed togeth to make a T. Long part sits on piece, is guide for router, other pieces butts against piece, holding it at 90. Run bit through the piece, so you can line up where your bit will cut.

I can take pic tomorrow. I have seen more complicated ones, but this is quick and dirty and can make one for another size dado fast.
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Nothing fancy, but for a beginner, it worked good.

How to Build a Router Jig for Perfect Dadoes | Startwoodworking.com
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I think I saw the jig here. Just two pieces of plywood screwed togeth to make a T. Long part sits on piece, is guide for router, other pieces butts against piece, holding it at 90. Run bit through the piece, so you can line up where your bit will cut.
Like this one, Zerk?



Works for me.

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Very similar
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Quick and dirty - ready in 5 minutes

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This is such a good idea! I'll have to keep this in mind for my next project


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Pretty neat doing something like that for the first time. I don't use a shop made jig, but have something called a Dado Wiz, which is a metal device that gives you an exact fit groove, dado or rabbit, exactly where you want it.
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You might try your jig with a 1/2" bit and take two passes to size for ply...it's a bit less than what a 3/4" bit will cut and will make it more exact fit.

Several jig designs are available for precise dado/groove cutting for different size wood...

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