dado set storage box

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Project by dbw posted 03-01-2015 08:55 PM 1767 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this several years ago and I’m finally posting it on LJ. I purchased a dado set which came in a cheap cardboard box so I decided to make a storage box out of plywood. I used 3/4” ply and a 5/8” dowel to keep the blades in a neat stack. The blades are separated by pieces of foam. The front compartment contains samples of dados, e.g., 1/4” + .005, 3/4” + .030, etc. A plastic baggie holds the shims. I added a second handle on the rear of the box because I was concerned the weight would put too much stress on just one handle. The finish is warm cherry and semi-gloss poly. Admittedly this is one of my first woodworking projects ever and the joints suck. One of these days I will make another box and it will be much better! I probably will use a hardwood instead of plywood.

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#1 posted 03-02-2015 08:12 AM

Nice box,

With the amount of use a dado blade gets I think any further mods would be wasted on it.
These items are big bucks and in proportion to the use they get so a decent box to protect your asset is worthwhile.
Just out of interest how often do you use it?

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 03-02-2015 12:31 PM

A few times per year.

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#3 posted 03-02-2015 01:17 PM

Excellent Idea and a beautiful box. Should work nicely. I too make boxes that hold my specialty tools and always put a little extra work in them. I think it shows pride as a woodworker.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 03-02-2015 05:21 PM

Looks good and should protect the set just fine.
How do you like the OSHLUN set ? I am thinking of getting the 8” set myself. I like the idea of of the full body chippers rather than the half sized ones and I think the 8” will work for when I need to do Half Laps in 4”x4” or 4”x6” that I will be doing this summer.

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#5 posted 03-02-2015 10:28 PM

The Oshlun set is AWESOME! It makes very good, smooth cuts. FYI so far every blade/chipper combination (without shims) has run 1/64” undersized. Also: I purchased the Veritas plastic shims because the shims which came with the set are very tight on the arbor and therefore are difficult to remove. In addition the shims started rusting. The jury is still out on how well the plastic shims perform. Any thoughts ?

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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