|Project by htl||posted 03-09-2016 04:07 PM||1549 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
I made a mistake when I bought my Dewalt table saw.
I bought the cheapest one they have and don’t get me wrong it’s a great saw[out standing fence] but the one I got isn’t able to use a full dado set. For $65 more I wouldn’t have had this problem.
When I bought it I thought I wouldn’t need it but sure enough 6 months later I found my mistake so here’s how I get around it.
This also works for those who aren’t going to be making many dado cuts and don’t want or need to buy a set.
I build toys and all my cuts are on mostly really small parts 3/4 and under.
I also do a lot of re sawing for those small parts.
So what I use are 7 1/2” saw blades.
You can get a 60 tooth blade for $20 that cut’s wood like butter and leaves out standing edges, nearly no sanding edges.
The 40 tooth work nearly as smoothly and works better for the resawing they have a thicker blade…
Now back to the dado cuts.
So what I’m doing is stacking 2,3 or more saw blades at a time to get my wide cuts.
My miter saw uses the same size blade so I end up with old dull blades laying around so by saving them I have the blades needed for dadoing.
If they’re not the same size you will have groves in your dados, sometimes this doesn’t matter.
The trick is buying all the same size blades so it pays to buy the same brand saw blades.
As you can see these blades don’t match, one a 60 tooth a 40 tooth and another brand that just happened to be close to the same size 40 tooth.
What you see here is I just made one cut flipped the part over and saw it again, this makes a perfectly centered grove.
Making this dado cut shown would have taken 6 passes with the saw but with my 3 blade set up I did it in two.
Not a bad looking bottom that just a little sanding will fix.
I might also add that these blades let your saw work much easier and when re sawing their thinner so can get more parts out of your lumber.
This has worked great for me over the last year, your mileage my vary.
-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.