|After the initial saw cuts. A stair saw would be helpful here, I don't own one, but it is on my list of things to buy or make.|
|The finished dado. Due to being slightly careless, I have a bit of bruising. That's a matter of making sure you get chips out of the way as you use the plane. Lesson learned.|
Cutting a stopped dado was not nearly as difficult as I had imagined. It's an attention to detail kind of job. One thing to watch for as you do it is the side walls. If, like me, you're unable to get the saw cuts all the way down to the final depth, there will be a little extra chisel work. As you work down to the final depth, you'll have to grab a wide chisel and pare down the side walls. This acts as the release cut for the router plane and will allow the shavings to be removed from the floor of the dado.