How to Put a Plate Groove in a Shelf

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How to Put a Plate Groove in a Shelf
You'll need a plate groove when displaying plates on a shelf. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ruler
  • Router
  • Fine sandpaper

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    Sand any rough edges along the groove with fine sandpaper.

Tips and 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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