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Forum topic by Hawgnutz posted 06-12-2007 06:48 AM 1397 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2007 06:48 AM

Topic tags/keywords: ts-jigs rabbet-fence

Well, Debbie, I finally finished my fence so I got to get back to frame making…(got an order for 15). That means making a “rabbet fence” for my new Ridgid table saw. This fence will allow me to install a stacked dado in my TS and easily cut rabbets on six and eight foot barnwood strips I have ripped for my frames.

A stacked dado is a set of blade—usually 8” versus the 10 inch blade used for ripping and crosscuts—used to cut a groove in wood. To change the width of the cut you simply remove or add the blades and/or shims to achiieve the desired thickness. The Dado blade in the picture is set for only 1/2” but it can be set for 13/16”

Stacked Dado

To make this rabbet fence I attached a piece of scrap 2X6 pine to my fence. Sacrificial Fence
(You can see it is very much scrap. Almost every piece of wood near my outdoor bench has red spots from my outdoor fence project I just completed.) Anyway, this fence should be wider than your widest dado width.

Once the sacrificial fence is mounted, you simply move the fence so that the dado blade extends slightly past the outside edge of the fence. Then you slowly raise the blade so it cuts out an arc in your wood sacrificial fence. Be careful NOT to cut into your TS fence! You do not need to raise blade any farther than the depth of your usual rabbets. I usually raise mine to about 3/4” above TS table.
Cutting Rabbet <br />Hole

Once this is completed, you can adjust the width and depth of your rabbet by simply adjusting the blade height and moving the fence. A couple of quick measurements and you are ready to cut dados of various depths and widths without having to change blades!
! the Rabbet)!:
Differing Rabbets

It is truly the simplest method I have found to cut rabbets in LONG pieces of wood. It is the easiest way to adjust for a different width and depth in minutes. This piece of scrap shows two different rabbets cut in scrap wood only minutes after each other, using simple adjustments to fence and blade height!

I hope this answers your question, Debbie.

More pictures can be viewed at

Too Blessed to Stress,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#1 posted 06-12-2007 07:24 AM

LOL. I thought you had made Harvey. : ^ )

Great instructions. There seems to be an issue with the photos for me. I’m not seeing any of them.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 06-12-2007 11:45 AM

that is a wonderful “how to” lesson. (photos are there for me, well when I opened them in a new window).
The pix are a perfect addition to the written directions. You made it look really easy.

Thank you for taking the time to write this/take the photos!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 06-12-2007 04:19 PM

I am very sorry about the photos not posting. I need to ask martin the reason why that happened.

They are all at the link I posted, but not in the order I cited. I will get to that today.
thanks for your patience with me. =);o)

I got these pics done in late evening and it rained off and on yesterday, so I was busy between bursts getting my tools in out of the rain, then rolling them out again to work on diff projects. (LOL I need to expand my shop or store my stuff elsewhere!)

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#4 posted 06-12-2007 09:21 PM

WayneC, you can see them at his link: Thanks for the pics, Hawgnutz.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 06-12-2007 09:23 PM

Thanks OS. That works.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 06-13-2007 06:36 AM

Thanks OS for the help. I am still learning how to post on this site. I followed the direstions, re-read tham and followed them again. Then I followed the prompts when I tried posting them, too, with no luck. I guess I will have to switch all my picks to photobucjket =);o(

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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