Stacked Dado Storage

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Project by Chris posted 03-19-2009 04:41 AM 5143 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an older project, but then, I’m a newer member :).
After I got my dado stack a few years back I realized the packaging was totally inadequate to store the blades and chippers safely, so I threw this together from some scrap . With the lid closed all of the individual parts are captured and can’t fly about to chip the carbides or tear up the shims (not that I throw the box around, or even turn it on it’s side anyway). I kept the reference card on the inside of the lid to keep it all easy to hand.

-- Chris

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#1 posted 03-19-2009 05:08 AM

Nice, Chris. I’m looking to do something similar for my 3- and 4-jaw chucks for a metal lathe. And welcome to Jumberjocks.


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#2 posted 03-19-2009 05:18 AM

Chris -

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

Very nice dado set storage solution.



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#3 posted 03-19-2009 05:26 AM

Ooooo… I like it!

I’ll have to remember to build one.. assuming I upgrade my dado set :)

-- But honey.. this new power tool will pay for itself when we re-do the kitchen!

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#4 posted 03-19-2009 06:07 AM

welcome. nice storage box. i have the same dado set and was wondering what to do for storage. i wish i wasn’t so lazy.

-- mrsawdust, pittsburgh,pa.

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#5 posted 03-19-2009 06:21 AM

Nice looking box. I like the instruction in the lid. That’s a nice touch.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 03-19-2009 03:18 PM

Very useful and well made.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 03-19-2009 05:18 PM

Well done!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#8 posted 03-20-2009 01:36 PM

I’m always envious when I read the phrase “threw this together from scrap” and it looks like a wonderful finished package.

Nicely done, and welcome to LJ.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#9 posted 03-20-2009 02:30 PM

Woodbutcher: the scrap comment does sound a bit pretentious now that I look back at it, but I think I really wrote that due to the fact that I actually did toss it together in a few hours without sketches or anything, and made a couple of significant mistakes. I wanted to have the stepped lip between the top and bottom (why? I couldn’t say, it just appealed to me and in the end it makes the box feel a bit more solid I think) and I was so focused on making the dadoes in the right place that I forgot to build it so that both the bottom and the lid were captured. So I wound up still seperating the top and bottom with a cut on the tablesaw, but had to make a rabbett with the router to set the top in anyway, which is why the top piece of plywood has round corners (artfully done with a beltsander, BTW). On top of which, one of the really nice things about the box is that the directions/reference guide from the dado set fits the inside of the top perfectly. Intentionally? By design? No way, I just noticed that it fit after I put all the parts in and was trying to figure out what to do with it.

-- Chris

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#10 posted 03-22-2009 01:50 AM

How did you cut the dado on the lid after slicing it off? nice square corners and not a hint of overshooting with a router bit.

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#11 posted 03-22-2009 01:58 AM

Great looking box and a great idea. Even the plastic boxes that some dadoes come in aren’t worth c——.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#12 posted 03-22-2009 04:02 AM

Fred – you mean the way the outside of the lid looks? ;-]

The way you do it is you cut a dado 1/2 the depth of the sides on the inside of all 4 sides where the top will be parted – before gluing the box together. This ends up being the rabbett on the inside of the lid. Then after the glue-up is dry you seperate the lid on the tablesaw, just overlapping the inside dado. This leaves the lid looking the way it does in the picture. Then you cut an outside rabbett on the lower half of the box with either the table saw or router. You can sneak up on a nice tight fit this way. You do have to remember that the overall height of the box is going to be shortened a bit by this process and allow for it. For me this wasn’t so critical as I could simply adjust the height of the dowel the blades are on and the depth of the grooves in the block that holds the chippers to wind up with an inside depth that traps all the components.

Sorry to be so long winded …

-- Chris

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