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07-21-2014 02:12 PM


I just received my Incra IBox yesterday, very cool jig. I have an older and not very sharp Dado set I would like to replace.

Can someone please recommend a dado set? Freud? Forrest?

My table saw runs a 10” blade. Should I go for the 10” dado set?



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#1 posted 07-21-2014 02:32 PM

I am very happy with my Freud set up but you may need to order or have some shims made for it, depending on how critical your widths need to be.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#2 posted 07-21-2014 02:35 PM

Which Freud set are you running?

Any one have experience with the dial-a-width Freud set?

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#3 posted 07-21-2014 02:38 PM

Best value is the dewalt/delta 7670 set. I use it with my ibox and the joints are flat and tight. It comes in a nice case too.

Brad, with the ibox, the dado size isn’t critical. You set the ibox to the dado size, not the other way around.

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#4 posted 07-21-2014 02:41 PM

Which Freud set are you running?

Any one have experience with the dial-a-width Freud set?

- marco2800

Freud 8” Dado
Item D208M
5/8” Arbor
1/4” to 13/16”
I just checked their website and they do not make this exact model any more. I am sure the tooth design is better on the new models.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#5 posted 07-21-2014 02:59 PM

Nitewalker. You are correct, I was shooting for .250 nominal cuts, on a 1.50” box. I ended up with an extra half male (and female) on the test pieces, but the mating pieces still lined up beautifully with each other. Took me some measuring to figure out the issue. The blade being undersized .020 stacked up on me.


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#6 posted 07-21-2014 03:24 PM

I highly recommend Freud SD206 or SD208,if your table saw is under 2 HP ,you may be better off with a 6” set but I have heard 8” will work with “under powered” table saws.
The 6” (SD206) has been giving me very clean cuts ,the chippers/blades have thick carbide teeth which can be resharpened many times,the price ?under $70.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#7 posted 07-21-2014 03:30 PM

You don’t need a 10” diameter dado unless you’re cutting very deep dados. Freud has a dedicated box cutting dado set that is supposed to leave less of a side cut where the angle top bevel shears the fibers.

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#8 posted 07-21-2014 03:33 PM

An 8” dado is more appropriate to a 10” saw.

Forrest makes a nice dado. It’s costly though.

A lot of people like the Freud.

I had one by LRH for several years called “the Hogger”. You
can find them on ebay. I liked it. It was two thick outside
plates and 2 or 3 chippers with 1/4” wide carbide tips. It
didn’t have a lot of nuance in terms of adjustability but
it was very solid and quick to set up.

Lee Valley sells color coded dado shims that look like a
useful think for precision dado setups.

If you want flat bottoms, you can spend a lot on a fine
dado set like a Forrest, or spend less and invest in a dado
clean-out router bit, which also has the benefit of
fixing dado depth variations that can occur due to panels
not laying dead flat on your table saw.

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Richard H

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#9 posted 07-21-2014 03:40 PM

I have used the SD208 in my 1.5 HP Delta Contractor’s saw for years and never had any real issues with power. My only complaint about them is the lack of a 3/32” chipper which means you always have to shim for plywood. Although I understand that even a 1/32” undersize might not be enough anymore with some plywood.

I have been tempted to give the Dial a Width set a try but it’s pretty pricey for what I do.

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#10 posted 07-21-2014 03:53 PM

The Infinity Dadonator is the best set I’ve used to date ($180-$200), and the DW/Delta 7670 is the best bang for the buck near $120 (Grizzly, Ebay, Amazon).

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#11 posted 07-21-2014 04:37 PM

Saw is a Powermatic 66, 2hp. The majority of cutting will be box cuts in soft maple and oak, with some oak plywood as well.

1) The Dadonator is looking pretty nice – $220

2) I like the adjustability of the Dial-A-Width Freud – $253

3) Forrest 8” – $299

The dial adjust dado seems like the best value for the features. Real user feedback would be great.



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#12 posted 07-21-2014 04:46 PM

Another option would be to buy several 7 1/4 inch circular saw blades and stack them with a shim or two. Much more economical.

I did this to make some 1/4 inch drawer bottom grooves. Two blades and two shims from my dado set worked out perfect. Very smooth grooves. Crosscuts did have a little tear out. That is probably because I bought the cheapest 24 tooth blades on the shelf at the big box store.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#13 posted 07-21-2014 06:35 PM

I have an 8” frued that works well. I love my IBox.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 07-21-2014 06:56 PM

I bought the Craftex blue tornado a couple of years ago.

Money well spent..never regretted this purchase.

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#15 posted 07-22-2014 11:47 AM

I have the Forrest Dado King set and it is really a good set. Set me back a large amount, but it is a lifetime purchase due to Forrest’s quality and in-house sharpening service. I have used it with my IBox, but more often I use my Freud box joint set that cuts 1/4 or 3/8 dados just by flipping the blades around. Fast and easy to set up and use, and I guess you can always “tweak” the widths if need be with shims. I would recommend either the Forrest full dado set or the Freud box joint set. Forrest also has a box joint blade set too, if you are so inclined.

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