How to Put a Plate Groove in a Shelf

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Plate displays can be an attractive addition to your home. But to prevent the plates from sliding off the shelf, cutting a groove into the shelf is necessary. With the right tools you can make quick work of this project.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Router
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Measure 2 inches out from the back edge of the shelf at both ends of the shelf and make a pencil mark at each location.

  • Place a straightedge or yardstick on the shelf, connecting the two marks. Trace a line along the edge with the pencil.

  • Set a router to make a U-shaped groove, 1/4-inch deep. Place the router at one end of the shelf and cut along the line to the other end.

  • Sand any rough edges along the groove with fine sandpaper.

Tips & Warnings

  • Depending on the angle you wish the plates to be, the distance in the first step can be increased or decreased.
  • Use care when working with any power tool.

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References

  • "Carpentry for beginners: how to use tools, basic joints, workshop practice, designs for things to make"; Charles Harold Hayward; 2009
  • Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images
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