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#1 posted 11-28-2016 04:55 PM

I like a stacked dado. The fence on the saw is very handy for that work, and with shims I get perfectly fitting dados.

When making shelves I will cut the dados in double-width material and saw it apart for lefts and rights. It guarantees alignment left to right and gives a larger contact area with the fence.

A dado head with a negative hook angle will make cleaner cuts in plywood and melamine covered particle board, and will work in a radial arm saw. I have both and I usually use the negative hook angle set.

Order shims for a very accurate setup. They did not come with my Freud dados.

The smaller stack (6”) will cause less strain on your motor and it is rare that you need more than a small amount of depth for dados.

Just a side-bar the old time book that I learned table saw usage from distinguished dados from grooves. Only those cut cross grain on solid lumber were dados; the rest were grooves. I still use that distinction but I get some strange looks for using “grooves” on occasion.

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