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A dado is a slot or trench that is used to invisibly support shelves in a bookcase or cabinet. A dado is the strongest method to affix shelves; it's cut using a router with a straight bit. The tool makes it easy to cut the two most common types of dadoes: a through dado, which runs through both edges of a surface, leaving the ends open; and a stopped, or blind, dado, which ends before one or both of the cuts meets the edge of the surface.
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