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Forum topic by MikeIronTyson posted 01-16-2015 08:28 PM 773 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-16-2015 08:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dado table saw wood

I’m fairly new to table saw’s and 100% new to dado blades. I purchased a dado blade set from harbor freight(insert joke here), and I want to make sure that I am stacking this dado correctly before I injure myself. I know this is a cheap set and why I’m a little worried is because I’ve watched a few videos and with other dado sets the teeth protrude on one side and are flat on the other as to not come in contact together, but on my set the teeth are flat for 6 teeth in a row and then 1 tooth is not flat on the side the others are, this pattern goes all the way around the blade.
I’m trying to make a 1/4” wide cuts. The instructions state “for 1/4” width, use the outside saws only.”

I’m attaching some pictures of how I BELIEVE the stack should be stacked, please let me know if it is a safe stack, my body and I would really appreciate it.

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#1 posted 01-16-2015 08:31 PM

Yes that is correct. The angled teeth face inward and the flat side faces outward. The teeth are angled to prevent splintering in cross-grain cuts.

Good luck with it.

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#2 posted 01-16-2015 08:36 PM

just make sure all the teeth are in the gullet of any next to them
even the chippers
so when you tighten the blades together
only the body is touching
not any teeth

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#3 posted 01-17-2015 05:20 PM

the Patron has it right, you have to kinda tighten and loosen them a couple times they can be finicky, Also just bump on your saw after you think you have it set and make sure it’s not vibrating if so then start over again

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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