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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 06-30-2013 07:32 PM

Weird, I was just fiddling with my dado set. I have the home depot freud 8” dado set. It worked fine on my old Craftsman contractor saw. I’ve since bought a General cabinet saw (which is great by the way) but the dado set no longer fit. The folks from Freud who saw my question here advised me that if the hole was out of spec they’d rectify the problem. I measured the holes and they were just a hair (in metric that’s just a titch:-) under the stated 5/8s. Now I had every intention of sending them back but to shorten a long story I never sent them back. I am finally able to get back in my shop (its not been a great year for shop time ) so I wanted to make some dadoes. Same problem, okay zip over to HD and buy a new set. Get ‘em home take off the crosscut blade and put on the first blade from the new dado set. It is too small. Okay take those blades back and look at the old ones. What I figure is happening is that because the dado sets are thicker they bind on the arbour if not 100% square to the arbour. So you can either be robot accurate or do something like just touch the inside of the arbour holes with some fine grit (220) emery cloth mounted on a dowel which you can spin the constricted blade around thus widening the hole that wee bit to let it slide on. Worked like a charm for me.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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