Dado Operator

Set up and operate machines to cut grooves and tenons in wooden parts.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Dado Operators do?

Sets up and operates single- or multiple-blade machine to cut grooves, notches, recesses, rabbets, lap joints, and tenons in wooden parts: Examines drawings, blueprints, or samples and written specifications and selects and installs saws, dado heads, and spacers, using rule and wrenches. Turns handwheels to move guide fence and adjust table height to attain specified location and depth of cut. Starts machine and pushes wooden parts past cutting heads by hand, or inserts parts between feed rolls that carry parts through machine. May be designated according to type of saws used as Warble-Saw Operator; or according to part and cut made as Cleat Notcher; Partition Notcher; Strap Recesser.

Should I be a Dado Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Dolly Operator, End Operator, Rabbet Operator, Wood Drill Operator

    How to become a Dado Operator

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