Making a dado without a tablesaw or router

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Forum topic by daddywoofdawg posted 01-02-2015 05:50 PM 691 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2015 05:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: milling joining

I need to make a swallow dado in plywood and I don’t have a table saw or router or plough pane.How can I go about it?I do have a demel and straight bit,skil saw,chisels.

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#1 posted 01-02-2015 05:54 PM

You could clamp a straight edge to the wood and run the saw next to it, move it over a kerf width at a time until you get the width needed then use the chisel to clean up the dado.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 01-02-2015 06:29 PM

what Bruce said.

A dado can also be cut using a back saw to define the
sides. There were long back saws available to do this.
I had one with perhaps a 20” long saw blade… not sure
if I still have it. Then the middle waste is chiseled out.

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#3 posted 01-02-2015 09:55 PM

Sounds to me that you need to go out and buy a router. They aren’t that expensive. The skillsaw is your best bet doing multiple cuts until you get the width you need.

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#4 posted 01-02-2015 11:37 PM

ya router is on the list,got a bandsaw for xmas instead

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#5 posted 01-02-2015 11:46 PM

Make a Hags Tooth out of an old allen wrench.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 01-03-2015 12:23 AM

why not just butt joint it
couple of brads
a few screws

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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