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#1 posted 11-28-2016 05:36 PM

I have the Freud SD208 set and I like it. It does come with shims and a carrying case and a handy guide on what combination of chippers and shims to use for common widths. At the price point, I would recommend it. I have no experience with any other dado stack to compare it to though.

That being said, unless I have a lot of identical cuts, or heavy cuts, to make I still find myself using the router table more often than the dado set. Router setup is just faster for me.

- HokieKen

Dado setup can be time consuming. Mostly I am setting up for 3/4” ply. And I can get very close on my initial setup but big box plywood is not always the same thickness so shimming is inevitable and that takes time, sometimes 3 or 4 tries before I get it where I want it.

And then I have to make sure that all the stock is the same thickness. I bought some melamine covered particle board from Lowes. I picked two sheets from the same lot and was rudely surprised when one set of shelves was too tight. I reduced the thickness at the ends by standing the shelves up vertically and setting my table saw blade at 3/8” depth and taking a skim cut—maybe 0.005” or 0.008”, just barely the thickness of the melamine. It was much easier than going back and re-stacking the dado head for the thicker boards.

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