I’m taking a few minutes during my lunch hour to think about my next tool purchase.
I have a pretty good core set of tools, but there are a few items which I’ve used in the past, which were my mentor John’s tools. One of those was a dado stack, and I’m debating about whether or not to bump that up the priority list of tools to buy.
Thinking of what a stack does might help.
The primary function of course is to make a Dado. I can do that with multiple passes of my normal blade, bumping the fence over repeatedly, not my favorite method, but if I have to do it, I can. And I have done precisely that most recently to hog out the notches for perlins on my shop trusses. Turns out that I could have skipped that step, as I eventually chose a metal roof, which nescessitated nailers all the way across the roof. live and learn.
It also can be used to make a rabbet, I can and have made rabbets via the TS method, make one cut, rotate workpiece, reset blade height etc…
I also can use my router with fence to do that, or get off my duff and make a router table and so forth to do the same thing. This might actually be the preferred method for awhile, since I have a router, need to make a table, and the costs involved are less than the dado stack.
Thanks for reading, we’ll see what I wind up doing in the long run.
-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com