Another first attempt

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Blog entry by Kristoffer posted 02-26-2010 09:40 PM 1737 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I picked up my new (new to me) table saw, the guy threw in a dado set. I’ve been wanting to build a couple of the modular storage units that I saw in The Complete Small Workshop for a while, but I didn’t want to go through the whole straight edge/router set up for this many dados and rabbets. So, here is my first attempt at using a dado stack on the table saw. Keep in mind that the shelves are supposed to be a little loose so that they can slide in and out or be removed.
Modular Storage 1
It didn’t really turn out as tight as I would have liked, but that is my fault. After setting the blades and chippers, I noticed that they were a hair over the 3/4” that I was going for, but I let my eagerness get the best of me and said screw it, just go for it. After the first pass, I was hooked! First of all, this is my first real TS and secondly, I had no idea how much fun a dado set is. I kept going and going and going.
Modular Storage 4
And going and going and this is what I have so far.
Modular Storage 2

I am still working on customizing the shelves to fit my needs and I still have to build the top so that it can be used as a work surface. I’ll post it as a project when it is complete.


-- Cheers and God Bless

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#1 posted 02-26-2010 10:01 PM

I’ve been considering that project as well…

Yeah dado sets make cutting dadoes and rabbets super easy… But they make a MESS… Hope you have dust collection hooked up!

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#2 posted 02-26-2010 10:23 PM

I love this project. Since I have a small table saw, I did my dados with a router and a straight edge. This was more time consuming but by the end I was getting pretty good at it.

-- Wow, that was easy. Just follow the directions and use some common sense.

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#3 posted 02-26-2010 10:35 PM

My dust collection consist of a broom and dust pan. I think that I’m going to have to come up with something a little better in the near future.

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#4 posted 02-26-2010 11:01 PM


You are one lucky guy then. I have tried using my router for dadoes on 3 projects. 2 of them have ended in dado disaster. Got any tips?

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#5 posted 02-26-2010 11:04 PM

Nice idea.

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#6 posted 02-26-2010 11:52 PM

Great job Kristoffer! I envy you the dado set. It’s really coming together nicely. Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 03-01-2010 01:58 PM

Nice work Kristoffer

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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