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Forum topic by Grasshopper000 posted 07-28-2016 12:43 AM 269 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-28-2016 12:43 AM

Ok, so I want to ask about the virtues of the 46 for cutting dados. I know it does other things but most of what I read says it excels at it because of the skewed blades and because it has the skitter and spurs. And also, anyone have any experience with the 46 compared to the # 39 dado planes? I have 4 widths of the 39s in beautiful condition, and I’ve found them difficult to set up and they don’t produce the perfect cuts I’ve read about, but I’m guessing most of that is operator error in setting them up, but how do the 39s compare to the 46 for cutting dados? I have a deep hankering for a 46 but wonder whether it’s worth the investment if I have the 39s? Maybe I should work more at setting up the 39s until they work better?


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#1 posted 07-28-2016 01:02 AM

Might try the 45?

I found out I needed to sharpen the left hand spur…..IF both are sharp, dados look great. Just remember to PULL the plane backwards a few times, then start the dado.

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#2 posted 07-28-2016 01:04 AM

Plane didn’t show up too well..

Among other things the plane can do….

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#3 posted 07-28-2016 01:06 AM

Hey bandit, thanks for the reply, i’ve had a 45 and opted out because I didn’t find it did a great job across grain. I’ve got a LV small plow and a Record 050, but those of course don’t have spurs and don’t do dados. The skew blade seems to do such a nice job, I’d much rather invest in a 46 than another 45. Appreciate your reply and suggestion just the same.

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#4 posted 07-28-2016 01:09 AM

I should also say my purpose is really around dados. I have rabbet planes and plows, just want a satisfactory solution to hand cut dados. Like Leach says, the 39s are downright uncomfortable because there’s no place top put your forward hand. I know I know, poor me!

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#5 posted 07-28-2016 01:10 AM

Beautiful work, bandit.

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#6 posted 07-28-2016 01:48 AM

I have the 3/8” #39…meh. I have since sharpened the other spur, the rightside one is a new one. Just pull backwards a few times to let the spurs cut the lines, then plow away to cut the dado. A light cut to start, then you can deepen it up. Last cut or two can be a light one again, for a smoother bottom to the dado.

One other thing, add a saw cut on the far side on both sides, down to the depth of the cut. Reduces blow-outs on the edge.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#7 posted 07-28-2016 01:50 AM

Good tips on the saw cut

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