Stenciling Dado Chippers

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Blog entry by SlickTX posted 01-17-2017 04:12 PM 961 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I recently researched upgrade options for my entry-level Avenger dado set. I opted for the Freud SD508 8” Super Dado set.

One of the minor complaints about this dado set was the fact that the chippers are not labeled with their sizes. I thought I could fix that and my first idea was to etch them as I had etched other metals in the past. It turned out that I couldn’t do that because of the coating that Freud puts on the blades and chippers.

What to do? I then had the bright idea to stencil the sizes right on the chippers.

First I went to the local hobby store and bought blank stencil material and a set of paint pens.

Next I looked on my computer for a stencil font. Not finding one I went out to the Interwebs and downloaded one of the many thousands of free fonts. Next I typed the measurements on to a page, blew the size up to where I wanted it and printed it out.

Next I measured and marked the chippers. I realize that the measurement shown does not match the chipper shown. Sorry for the confusion.

Then you tape the printed measurements to the blank stencil material and carefully cut out the numbers/lines with an Exacto knife and then cut out a square containing the measurement.

Apply the square to the chipper and blot on the paint from the paint pen.

This is what one finished chipper looks like when the stencil is removed.

And the final pic of the whole set. I only had to cut out one of the 1/8” stencils (it is a bit tedious) and I was able to use it on all of the 1/8” chippers.

I’m sure this method could be used on many things in the shop. We will see how durable the paint is as I use the dado set.

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#1 posted 01-17-2017 05:09 PM

That looks really good and a time saving idea. I bought the Forrester dado set they came pre stenciled.

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