I thought this was ingenious. Dado blades can be expensive, and
cutting dados are commonplace in the woodshop. If you don't have a
dado blade for your tablesaw, here's an easy-to-make jig and method to
It should work well enough if the pivot is the same size as the material
that will be inserted into the dado.
You can accomplish the same thing by clamping the actual material between
the fence and a stop block (make sure to use the same stop block for both
register cuts, though). This technique is not as fast, but it is not too
slow and it is more accurate. If you don't want a snug fit, you can
insert a sheet of paper behind the stop block.
However, if a rabbeted end will be inserted into the dado, then the jig
is better, because you can cut the rabbets to fit the dado. The technique
I suggested would still work, but it would be clumsier. You would want to
do the rabbets first, use the rabbeting setup to make a spacer or two to
match, and use the spacers to cut the dados.
On a side note,
I just ordered a Freud SD208 8" set from Amazon.com for US$69.99 which is a
This set was rated as a Best Buy in one of the mags, American Woodworker
Got it, made a few test cuts and couldn't be happier :)
Dean Bielanowski, RN. BNurs (QUT) PGDipSci(HMS)
The Woodworker's Product Review Resource Online!
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