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#1 posted 09-03-2010 07:58 PM

Don – your instincts are correct – the “safer” alternative is the way to proceed. Running a dado head without both outside blades in place is dangerous as well as producing an inferior cut. The outside cutters create the walls (left and right) of the groove while chippers remove interior material. With only one primary blade, the side with just the chipper will produce a ragged and irregular wall on that side of your groove and the spinning head will be out of balance and unpredictable (the dangerous part).

Use your standard blade and move the fence a bit – make a test cut or two on a piece of scrap and you can dial in perfect fit.


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