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#1 posted 07-04-2013 07:42 PM

I have had great luck with the low end Freud 8” dado sets. Crisp, clean shoulders every time.
If you use a sacrificial fence, and cut a tenon in one pass the cut will be perfectly flat-bottomed.
If you make multiple passes, there will be tiny lines where the outer blades score the wood. The only time this is an issue is with through tenons. I just plan on making a full dado pass at the outer edge of the tenon to avoid any visible scoring lines. Even if some lines did show up, some very light sanding takes care of it.

I have used it on every project for years, and it has never needed sharpening yet. Great for tenons, and exact width dados. Perfect splinter-free cuts in plywood too, regardless of grain direction. Thin shims allows dados that fit odd plywood sizes perfectly. You can make your joints tight, or for complicated glueups a couple thousandths looser for easier assembly.
I don’t know what more I could want.

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