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05-08-2018 02:45 PM

Hcan you make dados with a compound miter saw ?
Thanks
Scott


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#1 posted 05-08-2018 02:52 PM

A sliding saw will give you limited dado capacity, assuming it has a depth stop. My Makita does. Not ideal, but in a pinch…it can be done.

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#2 posted 05-08-2018 03:00 PM

I’m running out of room
Already have more toys then the space to put them
It’s either a tablesaw or compound saw
Thanks
Scott

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#3 posted 05-08-2018 03:04 PM

Table saw ~ with an assortment of sleds.
plus – I think it will be less hassle changing blades on a T/S vs the Miter.

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#4 posted 05-08-2018 03:06 PM

The table saw, and its vast array of jigs and accessories make it infinity more versatile and useful than any compound miter saw IMO.

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#5 posted 05-08-2018 06:05 PM

Rule #2b of ww’ing: you MUST have a table saw.

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#6 posted 05-08-2018 07:37 PM

Table saw by all means…..and a good set of dado blades….You’ll be in business then….!!

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#7 posted 05-08-2018 08:07 PM

Tablesaw is far more useful. The only reason I use a CMS is to cutoff dimensional lumber that would be too big for a tablesaw. CMSs are more useful in carpentry and they’re also tougher to get an accurate cross-cut with. They’re a good roughing tool—hence the carpentry angle.

And I think that it would be a bad idea safety wise, quality wise and relatively difficult to attempt to do a dado fully with a CMS (you could kerf the edges and remove waste with a chisel much easier than removing all the waste with a CMS—would someone do it entirely with a CMS? Just seems like a bad idea). Either freehand routing, router table, or dado stack would be better to create a dado. I don’t use a dado stack but I don’t think they can do stopped dados with a circular blade?

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#8 posted 05-08-2018 08:09 PM

A router is fantastic for dadoes, rabbets, and grooves.

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#9 posted 05-09-2018 01:20 AM

Most miter saws I’ve seen, don’t have an arbor long enough for a dado stack.

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#10 posted 05-09-2018 02:49 AM

Anybody that owns a table saw would never be tempted to try a dado with a miter saw. I’m not sure you could even do it, but it would be a lot more limited if you could. If I had a choice to give up my table saw or miter saw. The miter saw would go, it is far less versatile.

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#11 posted 05-09-2018 02:59 AM

Ok
I got the answer I was looking for
Love you guys
I can save time and a headache (though I have never had a headache)
Scott

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#12 posted 05-09-2018 12:18 PM



Tablesaw is far more useful. The only reason I use a CMS is to cutoff dimensional lumber that would be too big for a tablesaw. CMSs are more useful in carpentry and they re also tougher to get an accurate cross-cut with. They re a good roughing tool—hence the carpentry angle.

And I think that it would be a bad idea safety wise, quality wise and relatively difficult to attempt to do a dado fully with a CMS (you could kerf the edges and remove waste with a chisel much easier than removing all the waste with a CMS—would someone do it entirely with a CMS? Just seems like a bad idea). Either freehand routing, router table, or dado stack would be better to create a dado. I don t use a dado stack but I don t think they can do stopped dados with a circular blade?

Ive been getting accurate cuts with a compound mitre saw for 40 plus years,,,,,dang it,,,,,why didn’t anyone tell me you couldn’t do that !

- NeophyteGrant

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#13 posted 05-09-2018 02:59 PM


Tablesaw is far more useful. The only reason I use a CMS is to cutoff dimensional lumber that would be too big for a tablesaw. CMSs are more useful in carpentry and they re also tougher to get an accurate cross-cut with. They re a good roughing tool—hence the carpentry angle.

And I think that it would be a bad idea safety wise, quality wise and relatively difficult to attempt to do a dado fully with a CMS (you could kerf the edges and remove waste with a chisel much easier than removing all the waste with a CMS—would someone do it entirely with a CMS? Just seems like a bad idea). Either freehand routing, router table, or dado stack would be better to create a dado. I don t use a dado stack but I don t think they can do stopped dados with a circular blade?

Ive been getting accurate cuts with a compound mitre saw for 40 plus years,,,,,dang it,,,,,why didn t anyone tell me you couldn t do that !

- NeophyteGrant

- cabmaker


I’d still rather use a table saw for dadoes.

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#14 posted 05-09-2018 07:30 PM

How about a router instead of a TS, not a miter saw.
I have seen videos of ”Norm” using his radial arm saw!

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#15 posted 05-09-2018 07:52 PM

I’ve used my RAS for dadoes. One pass of the blade at a time. It works but I should get a dado stack.

Router is faster, wider bit, and my TS is only good for ripping. It’s a portable plastic and aluminum $100 thing. I’ve out grown it.

I’d be wary of using the miter saw. I can’t see how you’d have much capacity and the chance of sawing through it high.

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