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Review by woodklutz posted 06-20-2011 11:56 PM 2063 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This blade is great for cutting box joints and dados. I prefer the 1/4 inch cut, the 3/8 inch is seems not as controlled (it is) but I still stick to 1/4. I tried this in a crosscut and a rip cut, both cuts were excellent. I was just too lazy to change my blade for 4 cuts. I believe that for the price $65 at Amazon it is the best bargain out there.
A purist would probably use this set for dados or box joint cutting only, but I a true woodklutz ripped 24” that was as good as you could get.

-- honing my craft one mistake at a time.




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cranesgonewild

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#1 posted 06-21-2011 12:31 AM

Good to know.
The latest Woodsmith magazine just did an article on box joints and they also mentioned this blade.
Apparently it makes a nice squared off cut.
I might get one of these.
Thanks for your input.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#2 posted 06-21-2011 04:09 AM

I have the same set but paid $95 for mine! DAMN! But I do love them {much better than my previous dado set}.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 06-21-2011 12:40 PM

Just don’t do what I did when you buy this set. First make sure your saw can handle an 8” inch dado set. My Craftsman saw was not up to it and I had to return the set to get a 6 inch dado set.

-- I'm 56. In my mind, I still feel 26. Until I do something physical; then I feel 76.

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 06-21-2011 01:57 PM

Thanks for the tip.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 06-21-2011 04:22 PM

I have this set as well. I have found it to be very useful for dados as well as box joints. I would highly recommend it. I think I paid around $90 a few years ago, so the $65 is a real steal.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#6 posted 06-21-2011 06:25 PM

I’ve had my set for quite a while now, and have found it to be very reliable…$65 is a great price. I liked the quality so much that I took the plunge for Freud’s dial a width 8” dado set…pricey, but worth every penney!

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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#7 posted 06-21-2011 08:42 PM

i have this set too. I use it mostly for dados on my little benchtop table saw. very good quality cuts – those blades are sharp!

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RexMcKinnon

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#8 posted 06-22-2011 08:34 PM

I have the Freud 8” dado set and I was curious what is the difference between this set and their standard dado set. The blades look the same. Did this some with special spacers for the box joint? Does it have less chippers and shimms than the dado set? Just wondering if you have one set do you in essence also have the other?

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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AaronK

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#9 posted 06-22-2011 08:40 PM

there are only 2 blades with this. the teeth are set just right so that when the blades are faced “in” the blade width combines to 1/4” and when they face “out” they combine to 3/8”. There are no chippers and shims – this is meant to simplify things and was so designed for box joints.

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#10 posted 07-05-2011 05:38 PM

Cool, thanks.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#11 posted 07-14-2011 05:17 PM

I picked this up from Amazon for 65 as well. It makes super clean cuts – so nice not to have to chisel out the dados after cutting.

-- Don, www.happybungalow.com

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