Today I made more progress in learning woodworking. I ran to Woodcraft and picked up a zero-clearance insert for my table saw. I installed a Freud SD208 dado blade, 3/4” wide. I installed the insert, adjusting the fit using all of the set screws on the top, front and side. Once the insert fit snuggly, I clamped a 2”x4” across the top, from side to side. (I tried clamping it from front to back but the saw motor and fence rails made it harder to do it that way.) I turned on saw. Everything sounded great, like a really powerful fan. I SLOWLY raised the blade. I probably did this slower than I needed to, but I wanted to be safe since I’ve never done this before. Other than the horrible smell of burning phenolic and melamine, everything went well. (I need to buy a nice respirator.)
I grabbed an old chunk of wood and gave the new setup a test. After my initial test, I have to give this blade a very favorable review. I was told to expect dado cuts that require a little bit of cleanup. I have to say that the cuts I made had sharper edges and bottoms than I ever expected. They were as smooth as the “factory” edges on the board.
Overall, I’m making very slow progress in my woodworking hobby. It’s taken me quite a while to get to this point. My work, wife, house, and most of all, new baby have taken up most of my time (as I’m sure most woodworking hobbyists can attest to). This blog entry may seem a little lame to many of you. For me, it’s a big step.
-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas