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Forum topic by Clarence posted 11-23-2009 11:15 PM 998 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2009 11:15 PM

I just bought my first set of dado blades, 8” Freud. I would like to put these in an old Craftsman saw my father got back in the late 40s, early 50s, and just dedicate that saw to dados (I have another bigger saw).

My question: Is it necessary to use an insert when running dado blade? The insert for this saw is steel, and I don’t think this size is available through Sears anymore. Suggestions?


-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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#1 posted 11-23-2009 11:18 PM

you can always make your own (which most of us do):

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 11-24-2009 12:15 AM

I wouldn’t even consider running without an insert. Like PurpLev has said make your own, it’s not difficult.

-- Ron in central Ohio

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#3 posted 11-24-2009 02:13 AM

I’ve used a dado blade without an insert, but was very careful, and still wasn’t very comfortable. If you don’t really know what you’re doing, I wouldn’t recommend it. Dado blades can do serious damage in the blink of an eye.

-- Gerry,

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#4 posted 11-24-2009 02:57 AM

It’s definitely riskier to do without an insert. Check Ebay for a used one, or make your own.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#5 posted 11-24-2009 04:43 PM

Pretty easy to just make your own. Here is a link with a video at the bottom right that shows how to do it. There many videos and instructions on the web to make your own, but I tend to enjoy watching this one so far.

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#6 posted 11-24-2009 06:51 PM

Thanks for the replies fellas. I will build my own, following PurpLev’s idea of making a pattern first.

I just discovered this site yesterday, and I can already see that it was a fortuitous find indeed. You younger guys perhaps can’t appreciate how wonderful this internet thing is, how you can instantaneously dial up any kind of information you want. If you read my profile you will see that the old dog is attempting to learn many, many new tricks. Growing up in the country in the 40s and 50s your only source of info was from the limited circle parents, uncles, cousins and neighbors. They knew the basics of how to build things, but like me, they would have been amazed at all the specialized tools, techniques and tricks of the trade that are here on this site (and other specialized sites as well—-I like old tractors, too).

Again, thanks for the good help on my first inquiry.


-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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