Dado set up grade.....

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Blog entry by lilredweldingrod posted 10-16-2011 09:36 AM 2782 reads 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I bought my Dado set, it came in a cheapo cardboard box. As heavy as the set is, every time I use it, I expect to pick up a ruined set of dado blade4s off the concrete floor.

Well today I decided to make a dynamite box for it out of oak. I even used strong backs on the lid. Maybe I’ll even pack them in sawdust just like dynamite. lol

I don’t have the hinges I want as yet, but I want a set of black rott iron that comes up the side of the box and at lest half way over the lid and a matching latch.

At least I have them in a substantial box now and hopefully I won’t drop them. and test it’s ability to protect the blades.
Best wishes to all. Rand

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#1 posted 10-16-2011 09:51 AM

Good to see you keeping your tools in such a nice box

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David Grimes

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#2 posted 10-16-2011 10:04 AM

Nice box. I bet that will prevent a spill.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 10-16-2011 12:30 PM

Good looking box Rand. What are you going to make to protect the box in case you drop it on the concrete? :-)

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 10-16-2011 12:39 PM

nice box and a better way to keep them

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#5 posted 10-16-2011 12:43 PM

great box rand

nobel work for sure

now on to those wooden drawers
(are you thinking
boxers or briefs)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 10-16-2011 02:21 PM

Very nice Rand.
Now my dado set feels under priviledged and in need of assistance.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#7 posted 10-16-2011 06:15 PM

Brit, I’m thinking automatic air bags. lol

David,How about Tighty Whities. lol

Gary, I’m sorry for causing your dado’s such emotional distress. Please apologize for me and make them a box! lol

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 10-16-2011 06:49 PM

I own the same set and they work wonderfully. That is a great idea. I like to build wooden boxes for stuff, they last forever. However, I tend to do the quick and dirty thing, but then again they never fall apart. Don’t think they would survive a fall, however.

That looks like a fun project, might have to do it as a skill builder some day.

Here is a recent box I made for my nail gun nails:

The box is made from scrap plywood, glue, nails, and adjustable hardboard dividers. With nails, it weighs 12#, the Oshlun box weighs 10#, so about the same. You are right, Rand, cardboard doesn’t last long for dense weights like these.

Here is where that nail box resides in my multifunction bench….....the box and the tools are pulled partly out so you can see them….......

With this plywood, glue, nails, and Watco finish these boxes seem to last forever. If subject to moisture I finish them with BLO and stain. I used boxes constructed like this for starter boxes for plants, filled with wet soil. I built my first ones in 1974. Now they are used for miscellaneous parts in the shop to this day.

But your oak box is prettier…....gonna have to do that too…..........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 10-16-2011 07:08 PM

Jim I just used drop-offs that were in the way. You can see the strips I glued up for the lid. I really like working with the oak woods. I just discovered QSWO, and man do I love it for jigs.

We are looking for anew home right now, but once we get moved I’m going have my version of your multi-function table in my shop. Lately I have needed the clamping feature on top, like a deadman needs a coffin. lol

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 10-16-2011 07:16 PM

Great idea re the cut offs. Joe Lydon does some trickery with cut offs as well, building up new multilayer panels with them. But nothing like “real” wood to work with.

The multifunction bench should reflect what you need and how you work. For me, it is an ideal format, at least for now. I just about have a vise installed on it, should be done this weekend (but then again I have said that before). The clamping feature is really handy, and I use it all the time. Use the downdraft feature frequently as well.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 10-16-2011 07:59 PM

Tighty whities??? Oh my… Nice box. Sure should protect those blades.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#12 posted 10-16-2011 08:03 PM

Nice looking storage projects guys. I could imagine that a dado stack hitting the concrete would be a fatal fall. You may have just saved its life.

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#13 posted 10-16-2011 08:37 PM

Nice box rand, did you use a jig for the box joints they look awesome.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#14 posted 10-16-2011 08:40 PM

Jim, Have you seen the new FWW. They did a comparison on sanding disc’s. The outcome of these tests is that if you hookup to a vacuum, all the discs removed substantially more wood than just the sander alone. and I’m changing my brand of sanding disc’s, too. lol I’m using the worst crap on the market. lol

Gary, Sorry I offended your delicate sensibilities. I’ll be more careful in the future. lol

Shane, not mention keeping these suckers sharp. I cut up two fingers with all the transferring back and forth for fit up. lol Dang, they are sharp!

Next project is to consolidate all the router bits in one cabinet instead of 10 jillion boxes. Then that leads to consolidating the three router tables. lol etc.etc. etc.

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#15 posted 10-16-2011 09:25 PM

sgtq, Yes, I did. I just finished it yesterday. It was the fourth on that I made. The other had too many adjustments. This jig, is adjustment free. I dropped it and broke the 1/4” peg off and reglued it. I may not have gotten it exact and this will require a tiny adjustment at worst.

This is the front and I made it to work in both miter slots with an adjustment in the rear to compensate for wear.

By spreading the rear it removes all racking and looseness in the slots. A quick wipe with wax and it slides very easily.

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