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

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#1 posted 03-22-2013 02:05 PM

For small pieces (like drawer sides), I use a stop block and an adjusted (perfect 90 degree) miter gauge with a auxiliary fence (at least 1/4 inch short of the stop block and at least as long as the drawer side). And I hold the piece firmly to the fence, being careful not to lose concentration and get sloppy if I’m cutting a dozen or so pieces.

For large pieces (like cabinet sides), I just use the fence. So long as the piece is big enough that I feel confident its inertia will keep it moving, I just focus on keeping the edge tight to the fence and my hands far away from the action.

But I have done some medium size boxes where the pieces were more like panels, and then I used a sled – and toggles to hold the piece down.

For me, its all about control. What do I need to use to hold the piece steady with my hands away from the blade?

But, if you are relatively inexperienced and have not yet built a sled, use this as an excuse to do so. Definitely the best and most important accessory for my tablesaw. And its more fun to build than it is to buy one (though I also own a Dubby).

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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