A through dado (left) and a stopped dado
A through dado (left) and a stopped dado

A dado (US and Canada), housing (UK) or trench (Europe) is a slot or trench cut into the surface of a piece of machinable material, usually wood. When viewed in cross-section, a dado has three sides. A dado is cut across, or perpendicular to, the grain and is thus differentiated from a groove which is cut with, or parallel to the grain. Dados are often used to affix shelves to cabinetry bodies. Similar to the dado, see rabbet (rebate).


See also


  1. ^ a b "Dado Case Joints". Woodwork Details. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  2. ^ Making Perfect Rabbet and Dado Joints AmericanFurnitureDesign.com Archived 2021-05-11 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Umstattd, William D.; Davis, Charles W. (2005). Modern cabinetmaking. Goodheart-Willcox. p. 484. ISBN 1590703766.