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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-13-2012 02:37 AM

If I have the need for a great looking front of the dado, I use the router to cut it. However for fitting shelves into sides where I usually cover up that front of the dado with a trip piece, I use a Craftsman wobble dado. I have had mine for over 40 years and it cuts flat bottoms. A friend of mine bought 3 or 4 of them from different manufacturers and none would cut a flat bottom. I’m afraid to every get this one sharpened because I think they’ll screw it up!! I have it set up on my Craftsman RAS and that is dedicated to dados only!

I have had very good luck cutting rabbets and dados on the table saw by carefully dialing in the width and depth of cut with a dial indicator. I used to rabbet with the router, but now I go for the table saw first.
If you skip to far each cut, you have a little wood to clean off the bottom with a chisel….....Jim

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