LumberJocks

Dado Cross-Cut Sled

  • Advertise with us

« back to Jigs & Fixtures forum

Forum topic by zipmac22 posted 07-11-2017 08:44 AM 839 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View zipmac22's profile

zipmac22

16 posts in 688 days


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


9 replies so far

View HorizontalMike's profile (online now)

HorizontalMike

7656 posts in 2749 days


#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.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57667

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

View ArtMann's profile

ArtMann

685 posts in 651 days


#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.

View Rich's profile

Rich

1977 posts in 425 days


#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.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

View xeddog's profile

xeddog

173 posts in 2842 days


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

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

View hotbyte's profile

hotbyte

989 posts in 2811 days


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

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

View rwe2156's profile

rwe2156

2711 posts in 1316 days


#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!!

View HorizontalMike's profile (online now)

HorizontalMike

7656 posts in 2749 days


#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… ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

View ArtMann's profile

ArtMann

685 posts in 651 days


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

I like HorizontalMike’s idea.

View rwe2156's profile

rwe2156

2711 posts in 1316 days


#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!!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com