Joint Variations: Stopped/Stepped Housing Dado

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Though the through housing dado is the simplest form of the joint, the number of instances where its use would be regarded as acceptable is really very low. That is why the most often used versions are the stoppped and the stopped and stepped housing dados.  Whenever the ‘shelf piece’ is narrower than the ‘side pieces’, the housing needs only be the width of the shelf piece. This is why we say it is ‘stopped’.    When both parts to be joined are the same width, rather than making a through housing dado, we make a stopped housing which comes to a given distance from the front, and then cut a corresponding notch from the front of the shelf. This results in the two surfaces being flush at the front with no part of the joint showing. If you haven’t already done so, we recommend you have a go at the regular housing dado course before moving on to these variations. To make these joints, you will need: