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Posted on Question: How do you properly measure for dado's on a router table?

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#1 posted 07-03-2012 11:52 AM

Some people may cringe at my method but I have really good luck with it and it serves three purposes – especially for stopped dados.
1. First I draw where I want the dado on the piece.
2. I then grab a forstner bit that is however large I want the dado to be.
3.I chuck it up and drill a hole at the start and end of the dado.
4.I then place the piece on the router table with the hole over the bit.
5.Square the work piece to the table using combo square or your favorite method.
6. Set your fence. Pull your piece off and make sure the fence is square.

The added bonuses:
1. You can get your bit depth really close if you were careful drilling. Only very minor adjustments will be needed
2. You will know EXACTLY when to stop the cut because you already have a hole drilled. I still make pencil lines and match them up, but I can tell by the sound of the bit when I am done.

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