Saw blade for 1/4 plywood draw bottoms

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Forum topic by Tim78 posted 06-19-2011 06:19 PM 2391 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-19-2011 06:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw blade dado

Does anyone know who sells a saw blade that is slightly smaller than 1/4 inch (for use with 1/4 inch plywood)? I would like to make dadoes for draw bottoms on the sides of the drawers with just one pass in the table saw. Thank you in advance.

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#1 posted 06-19-2011 06:35 PM

Not sure on the saw blade, but I have a set of Rockler router bits that are sized for plywood thicknesses for grooves and dadoes.

-- -Steve, Seattle

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#2 posted 06-20-2011 12:12 AM

Can you say, “wobble dado” ? That would be a pretty hefty blade, to match the thickness of the metric plywood.

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#3 posted 06-20-2011 12:44 AM

Use a standard combo blade and make two passes. Doing it this way makes for a PERFECT fit.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#4 posted 06-20-2011 01:00 AM

Maybe I do scum work, but for something like a drawer bottom I will use a 1/4 dado blade. The ply it rarely dead flat, that slight bend will hold it in place. Now if I come across a situation where the 1/4” ply is structural, I will two pace it, however, I have never had that situation.

-- The confused powertool using galoot

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#5 posted 06-20-2011 01:18 AM

Have you thought about a small grooving plane?

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#6 posted 06-20-2011 02:21 AM

I had a dado set for awhile called “The Hogger” and what it lacked
in versatility it made up in heavy dutiness. Each side blade had 1/4”
chippers and the inside chippers were 1/4” too…. so I think it could
cut from 1/4” to 1” wide in 1/16” increments – with a pretty flat

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#7 posted 06-20-2011 04:31 AM

I have a cheap wobble dado head that I use. It cuts a 3/16 groove when it is at its smallest. Works for me.

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#8 posted 06-20-2011 04:45 AM

I have a dado set from HF that starts at 3/16” wide also at a cabinet shop I used to work at they stacked 2 thin kerf saw blades with maybe some shimming to get the desired width, this was mounted on a dedicated tablesaw for drawer boxes

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#9 posted 06-20-2011 08:16 AM

Tim, in my opinion if one goes to the trouble of making a drawer then one should use decent quality ply preferably 5 ply or even more. Better quality ply = better consistency eg in thickness. So for 1/4” ply the standard 1/4” dado set or a wobble saw are good and Neandernormite makes a valid point about straightness.
A saw blade with a 1/4” or 6mm kerf is not something I would expect to see for the usual 10 or 12 inch blades….
Maybe on a 24 inch cross cut ….
Might be an idea to check ply thicknesses before buying-someone may be selling 6mm ply and calling it 1/4” (6.35mm) ply….

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#10 posted 06-21-2011 03:19 AM

Thanks everyone for your replies. I did not realize there were so many options. I like the wobble blade idea.

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