Beehive Handhold Cutting Jig #2: Dado Blade vs. Shaper Cutter

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Blog entry by RoadHogg posted 02-08-2015 08:28 PM 1713 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Cutting Handholds on the table saw Part 2 of Beehive Handhold Cutting Jig series Part 3: Dado Blade it is! »

I’ve assembles most of the jig but I’ve been reading the comments on Jim’s video and apparently he has opted to use a shaper cutter on the table saw rather than a dado blade. Because the hand hold is cut by sliding the material into the side of the blade, the dado blade’s short teeth don’t do a good job. Fortunately I have a shaper hear I bought on ebay a while ago. It fits on the table saw but since I have a SawStop saw and the shaper is even smaller than my 8” dado blade I can’t use it on the SawStop. Fortunately, when I bought my SawStop, I kept my old Rockwell 6201 9” table saw. The shaper head works great in that machine. It’ll be nice to have a purpose for the old Rockwell once again.

The old Rockwell. It’s seen better days but it still cuts like a champ.

The Sears shaper head I got on ebay.

After mounting the shaper head in the Rockwell, I learned that, as feared, the diameter of the head is not big enough to protrude into the side of the hive body as the jig is constructed.

More to come.

-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang,

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#1 posted 02-09-2015 12:29 AM

Here is my take on hive bodies and handholds.

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