Tom Caspar

Differences Between Dadoes and Grooves

Tom Caspar
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Just in case you ever get involved in a woodworking trivia contest, here’s the question of the day. What’s the difference between a dado and a groove? Or, you might ask, is there a difference at all? The answer is yes, there is a difference. You can find out what it is right here so you’ll be ready to stump your woodworking buddies with this question.

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5 Responses to “Differences Between Dadoes and Grooves”

  1. chris

    thanks I was wondering that. Groove with grain , dadoes across. Thanks!

  2. Skip Meisch


  3. jon stoutenburg

    my understanding, as an ameteur, is that a dado goes across the grain, and a groove goes with the grain.

  4. Steve

    I would suggest that a dado is a slot cut for a snug fit, and a groove is a slot cut for a loose fit (especially when thinking about the bottom of a drawer).

  5. James Robbins

    So do you cut groves or dados in plywood?

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