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Ed,
In googling this group, your name shows up consistently as a TS2000 owner, and wanted to ask you about the tooth configuration on that one.
I do my tenons on the table saw using the Nibble method on a cross-cut sled, but my blade is a Forrest WWII, which has an ATB tooth configuration. As a result, my tenons come off the saw with a corrugated effect and need an inordinate amount of clean-up with hand planes and files. (Yeah, my planing technique isn't *quite* there yet, but it's getting better everyday...)
As I understand it, the TS2000 has a flat-topped configuration...just what I'm looking for in a tenoning blade. But how does it perform as a combination blade--particularly in cross-cutting?
I called Forrest to inquire about having my teeth reground to flat-topped, and their tech advised me that the blade should then be used only for ripping...that it would leave a splintery cross-cut.
TIA for any thoughts.
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Performs very well. I get smooth, clean cross cuts in hardwood, I get clean cuts on plywood. For crosscuts, it is equal to or better than my Freud crosscut (80T I think) and damned near as good on plywood. Since I got the Ridge, I only change blades for dado, or if I'm going to be cutting a lot of thin plywood as the Freud is marginally better.
For tenons, I usually use the dado, but the combo blade will be good too.
I've used a Forrest blade a few times and it was good, but the Ridge is about equal, IMO.
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Edwin Pawlowski wrote:

Thanks, Ed.
I'm torn on whether or not to spend the $$ on a dado, but that's another story...
Does the TS2000 give a perfectly flat bottomed cut, or are there still some "lines" that the raker teeth don't clear out?
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I'd say "near" perfect. I've not done much like that because I use the dado if there is more than one cut or so to make. Any woodworking shows near you? I bought the combo blade and the dado blade as a package at a show and got a very good price. IIRC, it was little more than just the dado alone.
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Nibbling a tenon is laborious method. Get a tenoning jig or make one. It seems every wood magazine has one homemade version. When making tenons, I make the cheek cuts with the work piece vertical and just short of the finished line. I then use the sled to make the final cross cut. Perfect tenons, every time. BTY my TS-2000 is standard equipment in my saw now. The Forrest has been relegated to back-up duty.
Dave
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