Is this the dreaded dado set?

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Forum topic by Octavius posted 09-28-2009 01:30 AM 1034 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-28-2009 01:30 AM

Hi folks,

Well, I’ve more or less finished the 10” Craftsman renovation.

I’ll make a sled before any crosscuts and I need to get some sort of splitter before any rips cuts.

Meantimes, I’m planning on using a dado set to make some grooves, as in this link, step 1.

The table saw came with a 7” dado set, the one on the far left. Is this the “wobble” dado that folks warn against using?

I also have a steel 6” dado set (in the middle and on the right of the pic) – would that be a better bet?

I’m not planning on getting my fingers anywhere near the blade – was going to use that pusher, together with one of those feather boards. Is that the recommended procedure?


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#1 posted 09-28-2009 01:35 AM

They work alright just not as good as stacked dado’s . Good idea about the fingers.

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#2 posted 09-28-2009 01:43 AM

Yes, that is a wobble dado. But go with your stacked 6” set. You will get much better dado cuts with it. As Jim said the wobble works ok but it will not leave a flat bottom and does not have as clean a cut on the edges as a stacked set. I will confess that I had one of these. It was one of the first accessories that I bought for my Craftsman saw many years ago when I first got into woodworking. Now, however I am not sure it is still in the shop anymore since I have not seen it in years.

Keeping your fingers well away from any of your blades is a good idea. Using the feather board helps keep the stock tight to the fence and the push stick is a finger saver.

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#3 posted 09-28-2009 01:59 AM

OK, Jim and Scott, thanks. I’m hoping to give it a shot tomorrow – can’t tell you how excited I am to use this table saw.


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#4 posted 09-28-2009 02:42 AM

I bought both of those exact dadoes new and still have them today. My wobble still hangs on the peg board today. Some people collect old planes, chisels, etc. I collect old mistakes. I haven’t used the wobble sense the late 80’s. As for the stacked, I used it a few days ago.

I’ve never had great results with the stacked dado. The bottoms are never quite flat. There is always a ridge or two on the bottom. Maybe that’s normal? I’ve never ponied up the $$ for a new stacked dado set so maybe they all do that. Make sure you keep those paper doughnuts, they’re spacers for getting the exact width of cut.


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#5 posted 09-28-2009 02:55 AM

I have a stack dado and my Dad had one that I now have. He used his quite a bit and when he had it sharpened the guy that did it asked him if he wanted it sharpened so it would cut a flat bottom and he said yes and it does cut a flat bottom. I don’t use it all that much but some.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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