Stacked Dado: first timer

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09-21-2007 02:37 AM

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I’m getting ready to load a dado into my table saw for the first time ever. Are there any tips or tricks for using a dado blade that I should know about? I assume I just sandwich the chippers in between the outer blades (making sure they all face the right direction, of course). Is it as easy as that?

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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#1 posted 09-21-2007 02:47 AM

On some blades, there is and outside and inside blade. Make sure they are in the right place. Also, no teeth should be touching the teeth on the neighbor blade.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#2 posted 09-21-2007 03:22 AM

Make sure that your chippers are stacked so that the tooth of the chipper falls in between an opening in the outer blades so that it lies flat against it. You may find it easier (for rabbits) to make a sacrificial fence and use it to adjust the width of your rabbit instead of trying to stack your dado blade to get the desired cut. Enjoy your new blade and be safe.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 09-21-2007 05:32 AM

Joshua They sometimes provide shims that you can put between your blades if the width is not quite correct. Like Metric Plywood, etc.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#4 posted 09-21-2007 06:26 AM

Think “balance,” as well. When you put your chippers in, stagger them so they are relatively evenly separated around the circumference of the stack.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 09-21-2007 02:11 PM

If you don’t already have one make yourself an insert to match the width of what ever stack you’re going to be using. I make mine by using the insert that came with the saw as a template to cut the outside diameter from a piece of scrap. drop the blade so it is below the table then plane the piece it so it sits flush with the table and snuggly in place. This part is important, secure it to the table! Screw it if you can, clamps, what ever ya got. My magnetic feathrboards work nicely for me. Start the saw and SLOWLY raise the blade to the height that you will be working at and voila! a cheap zero tolerance insert for you’re dado. hang it on the wall somewhere when youre done cause you’ll probably need it again.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#6 posted 09-22-2007 06:10 AM

Yeah. Call your friend Dean up there in KC and invite him over for coffee. He’ll show you how! 8^)

Every bit of info that you’ve received above is smack on! All you have to do is do ALL of that and you’ll be okay.

Also, don’t expect too much of a smooth bottom on your dados or rabbetts. Unless you buy a REALLY expensive dado set, you’re going to have to clean it up with a chisel. Just know it’s coming.

-- Dean, Missouri

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#7 posted 09-23-2007 01:46 AM

I have a stacked dado set that I have been using regularly for about 2 years without any sharpening or cleaning. It is used on oak, mdf and melamine. All my dado slots are clean and flat, no secondary work required. The blades and chippers (5 tooth) are carbide toothed and the teeth overlap from one plate to the next. This set is called the “Avenger”, some knock off of something else equally obscure I’m sure and it was abouit $85.00 new. So I guess the message here is that you do not have to mortgage the farm to get tools that perform as they should. Just look carefully before you buy.


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