I see that Lowe's has the Freud 8" stacked dado set, but the
description says "for veneer, plywood, and laminates." Will this also
work well with regular hard and soft woods?
P.S. I tried the Oldham 7" adjustable dado blade and it was crap; it
didn't even cut a square-bottomed dado.
Freud's SD208 does hard and softwood dados pretty well. Even for a newbie,
in a Shopsmith. And it works pretty well when the newbie upgrades the saw,
The tool is a good starting point. I haven't felt the need to upgrade the
dado set yet.
I just bought a Freud dado set today (it was DD208, though) and I
unfortunately have to return it. The left side blade is a little
larger in diameter than the rest of the set and causes a stepped cut
instead of a flat bottom.
On 9 Sep 2006 13:39:24 -0700, upand_at email@example.com wrote:
You might want to check that the inside (Left) blade is flat against
the arbor support face. I had the same problem and had to slightly
snug up the arbor nut and then rotate the blade set to make sure it
was in all the way.
If it's not then the blade will run out of round which will cut deeper
giving the apprance of being a larger diameter.
Try switching the outside blades and see if it does the same thing.
An adjustable or "wobble dado" is ground when it is set at a certain
thickness, somewhere around 9/16". At that thickness, you will get a flat
bottom. Wider gives a concave bottom and narrower yields a convex bottom.
Regardless, I have never seen one that gives a really clean cut.
When a blade says is for veneer, etc., that should mean that the blades have
a zero or negative hook angle (the teeth lean back). This gives a clean
cut. It will work well in solid wood; you just won't have as fast of a feed
rate because it won't cut as easily as a blade with a positive hook (teeth
leaning into the cut).
I have a double-blade wobble set. The bottom of the dado is dependent
on the position when fastened to the arbor. I never really understood
why, but it works as described on the instruction sheet. A blade for
laminates and ply has finer teeth although it should work for solid
woods as well.
The blades were likely ground at the widest setting. In that case, they
would not be round. By controlling their position in relation to each other,
they could be set in such a way that it would offset the round bottom
problem at any spacing.
If it's the same as the one sold at Home Depot (model DD208) it'll
cut hard and softwood fine. I bought mine about a year ago for $90
something, and have found it's a good dado set.
If you want a less expensive stacked set, I noticed recently that
Grizzly has one for $49. I don't have any experience with this
set, so I don't know if it's any good. But the price is interesting,
compared to what's at Home Depot and Lowes.
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