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Forum topic by Clarence posted 01-11-2010 09:37 PM 1019 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2010 09:37 PM

As with most of the questions I will be asking on this board, this one is very elementary:

When making a table saw insert to accomodate your dado set, do you make one insert the width of all the cutters and shims combined and assembled, or do you make different inserts for each set-up?

This is stuff you don’t know if you don’t know.

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#1 posted 01-11-2010 09:52 PM

Hi Clarence – I don’t know as though there’s a set method. It’d certainly be handy to have several widths available, but would also take some time and expense to do. I currently have a wide and medium width insert. I initially made my dado insert match the narrowest width, and expanded it from there as needed….eventually it ended up at full width as I expanded the stack. The medium width insert is the one that came with the saw.

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#2 posted 01-11-2010 11:50 PM

I dont use a zero clearance insert with the stacked dado set. I use the regular steel plate. There isnt a concern about a small cut off piece falling between the blade and the plate. It’s wide enough to accommodate the widest set up. I find that since the blade is producing a lot of sawdust, the dust collector works better since there seems to be more suction with the space around the blade.

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#3 posted 01-12-2010 12:21 AM

With my old TS, I had 3-4 inserts for different setups and also marked the inserts with the shim values needed for the dado.

I’ve made up three inserts for my new TS, but have only cut one so far.

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