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Posted on Dado cut with rip fence AND miter gauge ??

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#1 posted 03-22-2013 12:37 PM

I’ll go against the grain…

Through cuts? Absolutely, YES! on a standoff block, when using the fence and a crosscut guide together, to set the length of the part.

Dados? No need for a standoff. Since the blade is buried in the stock, the rising teeth that cause kickback don’t have the same purchase against the wood. In fact, if the work is something like a cabinet side, I’ll go so far as to say you’re better off without it, allowing the entire edge to remain in contact with the fence. The formal schools I’m familiar with, where it’s bad for both business and the insurance premium to have students injured, teach it this way.

+1 on a dado sled being far better than a miter gauge. Another nice feature of the sled is that you can counterweight it when doing long parts, as well as force slightly bowed stock flat against the floor. More than once, I’ve whipped up a sled on the spot, for a specific project.

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