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Posted on Best "value" TS blade for making box joints

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#1 posted 01-18-2018 05:23 PM

Value? Depends on what your time and patience is worth.

Have used many things to make box joints: cheap rip blade(many cuts), router bits, Box joint blade (Freud, Oshlun, & Forest make them), and Dado blade. FTG Rip blade is cheapest entry point, followed by router bit; unless you find a used deal on dado/box blade.

After I picked up a Freud box joint blade at garage saw for $25 a few years ago, have never used anything else. Dedicated box joint blade is super easy to use, no adjustment shims required like with universal dado blade, and cuts square edge in plywood with no splintering. Once I had one, can say that is worth spending $60-70 (sale prices) on dedicated box joint blade, if you are going to make boxes on a regular basis. YMMV

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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