Dado sets #1: Looking for all around dado set recommendations

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Blog entry by Destroyitmyself posted 05-14-2018 08:14 PM 1430 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Getting to that point where a dado set would be nice for box joints and dados. Like to buy a quality set for something that will be good all around adjustable purposes for my hobbit workshop.

Thanks for any input/insight you can provide.

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#1 posted 05-14-2018 08:19 PM

I have a Freud Diablo and an Infinity Dadonator set. I prefer the Infinity for fine work, or milling through tenons etc. Both work well for dados, rabbets and hidden joinery.

For box joints I prefer router jigs. They just seem to give cleaner results.
Have you seen the Leigh Box joint and Beehive jig? It comes with a bit and bushing.
Review here…

Good luck

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#2 posted 05-15-2018 03:40 PM

I have the Oshlun brand and have been happy with it

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#3 posted 05-15-2018 06:53 PM

In general a dado set will not work very good for box joints. Most if not all dado blades have “bat ears”.

That being said, I may have been lucky, but I purchased a dado set from Harbor Freight that works great for dados. I have found however that it is often easier to cut dados with a router and a dado jig. Tenons I cut on the table saw with a shop made tenoning jig.

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