Dado Insert for my saw

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Forum topic by Woodripper posted 03-25-2010 02:40 AM 1867 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2010 02:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw dado insert craftsman

Hey all I just had a quick question that I hope someone can answer. I am pretty well new to woodworking, i did a little as a kid and then took a long break. Anyway, I bought a Craftsman table saw model #21805 and can not seem to find a dado insert for it anywhere. I know that this is not the greatest saw out there but it has served me very well so far and I am pretty happy with it. Now, I know that I could probably make one for it and more than likely should make some zero clearance but I would like to purchase a real one if at all possible. If anyone can help me with this I would be very grateful. Thanks in advance guys.

-- WoodRipper

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#1 posted 03-25-2010 07:15 AM

My guess is that you are going to have to make one. They are real easy to make if you have a router table. Every saw takes a different fit and unless Sears makes one, and I didn’t see any on their site, it isn’t going to be likely that a 3rd party will make them.

-- Lee in Phoenix

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#2 posted 03-25-2010 08:27 AM

I also have a Craftsman saw though not the same model. I would highly recommend you make a zero clearance insert. For one thing … it’ll be much cheaper than anything you can buy. However, I believe you can buy pre-made zero clearance inserts for most any saw at places like Woodcraft, Rockler, Peachtree, etc. Just google it. BTW – I also bought a “real” one from Sears for my saw. Used it once – got terrible tearout.

-- Don

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#3 posted 03-25-2010 02:04 PM

Thanks guys. I guess I will just start focusing my time on making one. I appreciate the input. Any ideas on a good material to use? I think that the insert in there now is only about an 1/8” thick. I was thinking maybe a plexiglass or something like that.

-- WoodRipper

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#4 posted 03-25-2010 02:34 PM

I just made my first insert, was not hard at all. I have a Ridgid saw and I use 1/2” MDF. You could use hard board, I wouldn’t use plexi glass, if you blade hits it, you could crack it our evey send peices flying.

-- Alex

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#5 posted 03-25-2010 05:50 PM

MDF will do just fine. If ya want something a little fancier, get a scrap of Corian or Wilsonart acrylic countertop material. It machines well, and won’t shatter like plexiglass.


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#6 posted 03-25-2010 10:49 PM

Well, glad I mentioned that. Stopped me from doing something stupid. Thanks for the ideas guys. I will let you know how it goes. It might be awhile though.

-- WoodRipper

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#7 posted 03-26-2010 12:32 AM

I have the same saw, and just out of sheer ignorance I made my zero clearance and dado inserts out of a plate of phenolic I bought at my local woodworking store. Both have served me well, although it was a lengthy trial and error process before I managed to get a good fit for both.

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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#8 posted 03-26-2010 04:17 AM

Thanks shopguryl, i will definately pay more attention to how I word my posts from this point on. I like the idea of the 1/2” with a rabbit.

hasbeen is the phenolic hard to work with?

-- WoodRipper

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