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Forum topic by HillWilly posted 01-17-2015 12:36 AM 2131 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HillWilly

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01-17-2015 12:36 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dado table saw question half inch arbor

Hey L-jox.

I have a Cman 103.22171 ts with a 1/2” arbor and I am limited to an 8 1/2” blade which really isn’t big enough for most of the stuff I do.

If I could find a dado for this arbor I would dedicate this saw to dado only and find a COOL old saw that will accommodate my 10” blades. Do you know if anyone makes such a beast?

Thanx for any ideas!!

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runswithscissors

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#1 posted 01-17-2015 09:26 AM

With only a 1/2” arbor I sure wouldn’t go any bigger than a 6” dado. You might be able to find a bushing or sleeve bearing with 5/8” outside and 1/2” inside measure. Also would need to cut it to length.

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#2 posted 01-17-2015 01:52 PM

I did some searching and couldn’t find anything. The best I found was a suggestion that you buy several blades and stack them to make your own dado. Hard to dial in a width though.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 01-17-2015 02:45 PM

Thanx L-jox….

I recently read somewhere about a 2 blade set that has one kerf offset to the left and one to the right. Does that ring a bell? But even that would extremely limit my capability. And I already have to use Ace Hardware arbor adaptors for the blades I use cuz it seems there are none with 1/2” hole.

Also maybe I could find something used. They must have had dado sets back then. I know it wouldn’t be carbide though.

-- ...and whether or not it is clear to us, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should...DESIDERATA...Max Ehrmann

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#4 posted 01-17-2015 03:26 PM

Craftsman used to and still may make a wobble dado set, it has a 5/8” bore, but you could get a bushing out of a grinding wheel as most have a few for shaft sizes down to 1/2” up to 1” or so depending on how big the wheel is. You wouldn’t have the most accurate set up, and you wouldn’t have a true flat bottom dado so it really boils down to what you’re using it for and what level of accuracy you require.

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Grandpa

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#5 posted 01-17-2015 11:40 PM

Buy from Forrest and they will bore it for you as I recall. Give them a call.

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#6 posted 01-18-2015 12:05 AM

I think it is time for a new saw! :-)

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#7 posted 01-18-2015 05:25 PM

Thanx for your input MT!

The TS I am working with was my dad’s and it has been a real pleasure to recondition and use.

My daily driver is 43 year old truck that I built and maintain.

ALL of the furniture in my home is old and free, or very cheap [except the tv and laptop] and reconditioned by my wife and me.

My coffee pot is 44 years old Farberware.

My toaster is 64 years old Toastmaster. 2 yrs. older than me.

All my hand planes are old and reconditioned. By me. Some as old as 100+.

My scroll saw is an old reconditioned Cman.

ALL my hand saws are old and reconditioned.

Recently bought a small, very old, divorced motor table saw with a 10 1/4” by 13” cast iron deck and a 6 1/2” blade [for $2 from a local pastor] that I reconditioned and plan on incorporating directly into my benchtop.

My radial arm saw is 43 yrs old. Reconditioned by me.

All of my woodworking knowledge, skills and endeavors have been possible because of the encouragement of my fellow L-jox and people like Paul Sellers, John Heisz, Iggy Swan and WWMM.

I guess it’s hard for most people to understand the thrill of making a 90 year old Baily #5 hand plane make a beautiful curl. Or the thrill of turning an old beat up truck into a not-so-pretty reliable driver. I guess it is becoming an obsession with me on how to make these old machines do more and better things.

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#8 posted 01-21-2015 01:02 AM

Hey, I happened to look at my wobble blades yesterday. I found one that is pretty old but it has carbide teeth that is originally a 5/8 arbor. It has a bushing in it for 1/2”. It must have been something that came with a really old saw that I had a long time ago and never looked at. It appears it has barely been used. You are welcome to it if you want it.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#9 posted 01-21-2015 04:23 PM

http://www.amanatool.com/products/saw-blades/saw-blade-accessories/saw-blade-reducing-bushings.html
Amana, Freud and others make bushings to do this.

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#10 posted 01-21-2015 06:41 PM

Look on ebay if you want something inexpensive. That
used to be a more common arbor size. Many of the old
dados may lack carbide teeth but they’ll be cheap. I see
them sometimes at yard sales for a few dollars.

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#11 posted 01-25-2015 01:14 AM

My latest bad news is that Forrest can help me but it will end up costing me $350. That is $300 for 8 blades and $6 dollars each to weld and machine the arbor adaptors. That takes it WAY out of my hobbyist park range.

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#12 posted 01-25-2015 01:56 AM

The welding and machining actually sounds like a deal, despite the initial cost of the set.

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#13 posted 10-29-2015 01:39 AM

Hi HillWilly, this is a little late considering you post date but I have a set of dado blades for 1/2” arbor (my Dad’s, I think that his saw was an ‘Atlas’). At least 60 years old and I’d say fair condition.

If the truck in your pic was a Ford I would give them too you. Not sure what to do about that Dodge….

If you are interested post me back, I’ll keep an eye out.

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#14 posted 10-30-2015 09:50 PM

Thanx HickoryWill….I have since dedicated my 1/2 ” arbor saw to light duty and I have an old Delta with 5/8 arbor for my dadoing. Thanx for your generosity. Sorry to here about your Frod truck. EVERYBODY has Frods and Skeevies. That’s why I built a Dodge. I dint wanna be a part of the flock. “Diffunt Drummer” ya know!!!! I bet you also drink light beer!!! Hahaha!! Thanx again HW.. Peace….and welcome to LJ”S.

-- ...and whether or not it is clear to us, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should...DESIDERATA...Max Ehrmann

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#15 posted 10-30-2015 10:04 PM

Hey HillWilly I’m glad that you got the message even if you don’t want those blades. They are a frog hair away from the scrap steel heap so if you know of a better use….

....also got a small pile of ‘63 Ford F100 parts that gotta go so I’m sure that you’ll want those.

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