Dado Set Box

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Project by Wolffarmer posted 03-20-2010 04:42 AM 2364 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first box. Made it for my 8” dado set. Sides are soft maple, splines are walnut, top is poplar. The center 5/8 dowel goes into a 1” bind hole in the top so blades can’t slip off when the top is closed. There are 2 3/8 dowels that keep the chipers from contacting each other. I kept the foam packing disks between the side blades. When closed with the whole set in the box there is no room to move. Finish is danish oil that top poplar looks better than i thought it would.

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#1 posted 03-20-2010 04:59 AM

Really nice box, especially for a first effort. Really like the setting the mounting dowel into a blind hole in the top.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 03-20-2010 05:11 AM

Very nice box, it looks great.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#3 posted 03-20-2010 06:21 AM

Really clever design great execution

-- Anything worth doing is worth doing right.

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#4 posted 03-20-2010 06:40 AM

That bottom spline is huge. Does it penetrate to the inner box?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#5 posted 03-20-2010 06:55 AM

very nice… great results….

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#6 posted 03-20-2010 07:01 AM

Th e bottom spline goes into the bottom plywood, can see it at all from the inside.

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#7 posted 03-20-2010 10:16 AM

That looks too good for just your dado set. You have given me some inspiration, if that is your first box.

-- Theresa,

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#8 posted 03-20-2010 10:49 AM

Sweet dado box. I need to do one for a 6” dado set, this is a great example.
Looks like that table saw is working overtime ; )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#9 posted 03-20-2010 12:28 PM

Hope my first box looks this good, I would have never thought of making a box for my dado blade. good job

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#10 posted 03-20-2010 02:55 PM

very nice work on tha box and the fence straddler

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#11 posted 03-21-2010 03:42 AM

way too fine for the shop
great first box


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#12 posted 03-26-2010 03:23 AM

I building something with a useful purpose, great idea for a not so simple problem. I still repack my dado in the original package. I never thought of making a box.

-- Norman

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#13 posted 07-16-2010 10:53 AM


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 03-28-2012 04:27 AM

That is a very nice first box, and I like the application. I too have a dado set that needs a home and something like this looks perfect. Awesome


-- May the Lord bless you and keep you

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#15 posted 01-26-2013 03:25 AM

Specialty boxes are the best, and you have added to that list.

Critique: One the one hand I would have moved the hinges out a bit and on the other hand, your dowel stoppers are just marvelously placed. Nice work.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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