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zipmac22

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07-11-2017 08:44 AM

I’ve used my recently built cross-cut sled for a couple of projects and wondered how I’ve gone this long without one. The ease of making my cuts with the cross-cut sled is so easy now. Working smarter, not harder is now my motto!

I now would like to build another cross-cut sled, but using it for dados cuts. My question is…what would be a good dado width to use…1/2”? I figure if I needed to go wider I could always run it through another time to get a wider dado.

What are your thoughts?

Thanks,
Chris

-- Chris, Central Texas


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#1 posted 07-11-2017 10:16 AM

Chris,
It is not the width of the dado cut that matters, as much as the height of the front and rear of the sled that matters. Higher/taller is the most important factor. I made my sled out of resawn White Ash that was a full 2in thick, and tall enough to resist any flexing, since it is those two pieces that hold the entire sled together.

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#2 posted 07-11-2017 02:51 PM

A half inch might be a good compromise if you are only going to build one sled and use it for cabinetry or shelves. I do a lot of 1/4 and smaller dadoes and grooves building keepsake boxes so it wouldn’t do for me. With the smaller widths, I typically use a router table rather than a dado stack.

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#3 posted 07-11-2017 03:06 PM

I just built mine and did the first dado (which cut through the sled) at the width the project called for — in my case 1/4” as I recall. As I needed wider dadoes, it got wider.

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#4 posted 07-11-2017 03:13 PM

Build it with replaceable inserts so you can have one that is the right width.

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#5 posted 07-11-2017 03:21 PM

I’ve seen some nice one’s posted here with replaceable insert as xeddog mentions.

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#6 posted 07-11-2017 06:48 PM

Chris, if I were doing it, rather than multiple inserts, I would make one side adjustable.

Here's a guy with a very good video on this.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#7 posted 07-12-2017 05:04 PM



Chris, if I were doing it, rather than multiple inserts, I would make one side adjustable.
Here s a guy with a very good video on this.
- rwe2156

Wow, nice idea! Just a bit more involved than the adjustable dado jig I made for my router. This allows me to size whatever plywood/board, perfectly and at 90-degrees. I guess there are multiple ways to skin a pig huh… ;-)

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#8 posted 07-12-2017 05:50 PM

I like HorizontalMike’s idea.

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#9 posted 07-12-2017 07:08 PM

He’s talking about a crosscut dado sled.

So I’m assuming he wants to use his TS.

Is that correct, Chris?

Other than that the jig will work fine especially on larger sheet goods.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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