Woodworker seeking quality dado blade for a unisaw--
Looking for reviews, and or practical real life experiences. I need one
and will buy one within the month. If you are looking for a reference,
quality over value, but value will not be overlooked. Thanks in advance.
Mike; and thanks!
Is this a newspaper ad???
;~) Anyway Forrest Dado King. About the most you can spend for a top
quality set. You can get almost as good with Infinity, Freud, and a few
other name brands for quite a bit less but the Forrest is probably the
standard and stays sharp for a very long time.
Wow, that was fast...I leave for Florida tomorrow and figured I would
read the advice when I get back. I own two forrest blades now, one 12"
and on 10", and like them both. One thing that I failed to mention is I
want one that has a flat bottom, my sears excalabur is cool and all, but
it does not perform well in plywood and the bottoms are NOT flat,
which is my fault for not knowing before the purchase...sort of like my
first craftsman circular saw...$39 what a bargin!!!
The Excalibur is a wobble blade. That is why the bottom is rounded. The
Forrest creates the Batman Ears look. The out side blades create a very
slight point in the corners of the dado. This is to allow room for the
glue. It really is slight.
You may want to define "flat". If you're talking about a precisely cut
square with a flat bottom and a flat side, I don't think you're going to
get satisfactory performance out of any dado. For something really square,
you may want to look into using a router. Of course, you'll loose some of
Also, if it's plywood, you may not get a flat bottom, even with a router.
Every time I've tried it, the plys end up tearing a little at the bottom.
Michael White "To protect people from the effects of folly is to
fill the world with fools." -Herbert Spencer
If you need a *perfectly* flat bottom, Freud makes a special box joint
2-blade set that cuts 2 (two) widths and only 2 (1/4 and 3/8 inch) ,
but both are flat bottomed.
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FWIW, I own both an older Freud SD208 (~$70-80 "street") and a new
Forrest Dado King ($250) dado set.
Either will cut dados WAAAY flatter than the example shown in the
Freud Box Joint Cutter ads. <G> That photo is SO exaggerated!
I've shown box joints cut with either of my sets in BB ply, pine,
basswood, and maple, after gluing and finishing, to the most anal
retentive person I know (customer, not a woodworker), and they didn't
notice the batwings.
Of the two sets I own, I find the Forrest to work better across the
grain and on hardwood plywood. Both work extremely well with the
grain. The Forrest can deal with a higher feed rate, regardless of
the grain direction. The more expensive Forrest set has more and
harder carbide, 4 wing spacers on 1/8, 1/16", and a 3/32" wide, and
included a case and magnetic shims. I bought it for $149 on special.
I typically use my dado set for dados and rabbets (shocking <G>),
tenon cutting (usually flat, across the grain), and box joints.
Personal preferences aside, also remember that lots of folks prefer
routers for dado and rabbet work!
Do a Google search; the topic comes up here with some frequency. My personal
preference is the Ridge Carbide dado set, as seen here:
The Forrest Dado King cuts dados with a _very_ slightly smoother bottom than
the Ridge Carbide set does; OTOH, the "bat wings" left in the corners of the
dado by the Ridge Carbide set are nearly invisible, while the Forrest's are
merely tiny. All in all, the cut quality is in my estimation equivalent -- but
the Ridge Carbide set is _forty_percent_ cheaper than the Forrest.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
I've got an 8" Amana set (46 tooth) that has been a workhorse and has cut
miles of dadoes/grooves without sharpening and is still going strong after
four years use, and a Freud Dial-a-Width, which I am really enjoying after
too long futzing with shims.
Either recommend for your check-out-before-you-buy list:
Ya, I second the Freud dial-a-dado. gives a good flat bottom in many
different types of wood and wood products(ply ect) and its easly to use in.
my unisaw.And I dont have to worry about loing the shims
Freud Super Dado always gets good reviews and I think can stand up to the
Forest. The outside blades have a sheer grind that give a smooth cut on the
edges and the chippers are 4 winged for a smoth bottom cut. They also
include a 3/32 chipper for stacking 1/32 under for hardwood plywood.
I own and use a Freud.... only because I do not make a lot of Dado
cuts..... IF I did then the Forrest would be my "only" choice ...
Just a matter of Value in my case...
and I am happy...
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