Craftsman Dado question/Dado advice

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Forum topic by marco2800 posted 07-20-2014 04:46 AM 1195 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-20-2014 04:46 AM


I am new to the woodworking world. This dado set doesn’t look like the normal dado sets I have come across.

Can someone tell me its intended use?

I would start to like making finger joints, is this the correct Dado set? If not, could some one please recommend

a set.



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#1 posted 07-20-2014 07:12 AM

The main blade(s) appear to be hollow ground, which can make a nice clean cut, if kept very sharp. Chromedge blades are old technology, before carbide, so they will get dull more quickly. Since it has many fine teeth, I’m guessing it might be intended for plywood. It might prove to be very slow in solid wood, such as oak. If you already have it, I’d give it a try, see what it’ll do.

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#2 posted 07-24-2014 06:01 PM

That dado set appears to be older style steel, non-carbide tipped, craftsman set. They work the same as “normal” carbide tipped dado set essentially.

A couple negatives on steel dado sets, unless maintained extremely sharp, is that they take more power to cut, do not cut as cleanly and do not offer the same variety of cut widths that a modern carbide tipped dado set can.

I personally like the Oshlun dado blade but there are many choices out there.

If you are doing only box joints you may want to look at a box joint set designed specifically for cutting box joints.

If you need some additional information on pro/cons of getting a box joint only set vs dado let me know and I’d be happy to explain further.

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#3 posted 07-24-2014 06:13 PM

I have this dado set, or something like it. I bought it a long time ago to expressly for cutting box joints. It doesn’t cut flat bottom and it takes alot of sanding to flatten them. So much so that the project has stalled. When I get a dovetail jig, I’ll redo those pieces and finish it.

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