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Blog entry by tenontim posted 07-18-2009 09:23 PM 5515 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve heard it at least a thousand times, and have probably said myself at least as many times, “as soon as you throw something out, you’re gonna need it.” Have you ever had one of those things laying around the shop, that is always in the way, you’ve moved it so many times it almost doesn’t look like it’s original self.
Behold: The Wobble Dado Blade. I’ve had one of these so long, it’s probably a collectors item. Can’t sell it. Can’t give it away. Can’t even seem to throw it away.
But, alas. I was trying to stack dado blades and saw blades and anything I could think of, to make multiple dados in some stock that pieces of 1/4” (more or less, it’s metric) hardwood plywood would fit in. Then the light came on. Try that wobble dado blade that’s been laying under the tool box forever.
Put that sucker on the saw, and, BANG! perfect width for the ply. Only took a couple of cuts to get past the noise and the smoke smell and I was in business.
So, before you clean out the shop, if there is even a hint of an idea rolling around in your head, about what you might use something for, DON’T THROW IT AWAY! It may come in handy some day.

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#1 posted 07-18-2009 09:27 PM

The smoke smell ? ? ? ? ? ? Tim well done that beauty needs sharpening brother ,but I hear what you say don’t chuck it out until it’s busted up, even then if you do machining the part’s might be good for something later.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 07-18-2009 10:28 PM

“Only took a couple of cuts to get past the noise and the smoke smell and I was in business.”

LOL, That’s to familier! I definitely don’t throw anything out either. Especially tools, blades, etc.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#3 posted 07-18-2009 11:58 PM

I’ve had one for 30 years, haven’t used it for 20 – guess I’d better keep it for the next 20, just in case!

-- Dave/Resrep

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#4 posted 07-18-2009 11:59 PM

Scraps of wood are my hardest. I heat my shop with wood, plan on changing that soon, and I have to stay strong when the wood pile diminishes and not burn those nice maple pieces that came with my load, that I set aside for future projects.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 07-19-2009 12:13 AM

I have some of 1/2” ash sitting in my shop that came from my oldest son’s toddler bed. Did I mention that he is 26 years old?

I have a slab of 12/4 poplar used in a country kitchen table in 1988. It has moved from Illinois to California and now to Pennsylvania. Shame it can’t get frequent flyer miles.

I also have a Craftman wobble dado blade in the original package that I have been saving just in case…what I don’t know… but just in case.

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#6 posted 07-19-2009 12:37 AM

The Wobble dado has earned nail in the wall, for storage, rather than be banished under the tool box.
I have a problem with wood scraps too. Because of the normally dry weather in Central Texas, we usually have a burn ban about every other month. That means, the scraps that I finally decided to throw out, usually get a second chance, when I go out and dig through the burn pile, and rescue a few pieces here and there.

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#7 posted 07-19-2009 01:57 AM

I am a kind of person who never throw things away, but the main problem with it is the space. Especially my shop has NO SPACE left. But there is one thing really good about it, which is, I only have what I really need.
So for me before “DONT THROW ANYTHING AWAY”, more importantly “DON’T BUY WHAT YOU DON’T NEED”!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#8 posted 07-19-2009 02:09 AM

That’s ok, Junji. You’re young. You’ll grow out of it. See Kent Sheppard’s blog

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#9 posted 07-19-2009 02:27 AM

AH, it was really funny, you wrote this blog, and he did that.
Well, I am not that young, but I always feel like I am 18 still.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#10 posted 07-19-2009 03:09 AM

Put everything on wheels even your scrap box I did!

-- Woodisit

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#11 posted 07-19-2009 03:37 AM

Been there, done that. thanks for the reminder…............LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#12 posted 07-19-2009 04:34 AM

OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have fallen victim to the Wobble Dado!!!!!!!! There used to be a support group on here for it. Don’t worry, we are here for ya buddy.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#13 posted 07-19-2009 04:49 AM

Wobble time

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#14 posted 08-19-2010 01:57 PM

I once started to clean off the shelves in my machine shop and brought up a pallet and one of those giganic plastic containers that we recieve our wood glue in for our finger joiner. I would pick up an old gear and walk toward the container but before I got to it I said ‘I might need it someday’; then the next thing – maybe a sprocket – same thing. Then the next thing and so, and so on, and so on, until at last I figured out that it was hopeless venture. I got the container out of my way and went back to work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 11-24-2011 06:30 AM

I bought a box of stuff at a yard sale. One of the items was a wobble dado by Magna. I tried it on some ply; I nearly crapped myself…I shook for three days. If anyone here wants it, i’ll gladly give it up.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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