Wish my dad had had that advice. He was consistant - always
bought the least expensive tool. I threw them all out after
he passed on (actually, saved a set of screwdrivers and a
hammer, just in case my Mom ever needs to hang a picture or
tighten a loose knob).
Going a bit further with that...
Almost two years ago I bought an industrial SawStop and can probably
only tell you withing $1000 how much I paid for it. This pretty much
holds true with all of my Festool tools.
Way over 15 years ago I bought a PC Detail Sander. WHAT A POS. Off the
top of my head I think I paid $129 for it. Looking that up for certain,
I paid $128.22 on 9/20/1996.
If you focus too much on what you pay for a tool you loose sight on what
you are trying to accomplish.
On Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:33:04 PM UTC-5, Leon wrote:
I quote from the Amazon page for the DeWalt Dado set:
"This Item is Included in Our DEWALT Accessories Promotion. From January 5,
2015, through March 31, 2015, you can get 10% off at checkout when you spe
nd $25 or more on select DEWALT accessories shipped and sold by Amazon.com,
or 20% off a purchase of $50 or more."
The promo is for DeWalt stuff only.
The steps can be a result of the hole in the chipper not being close to
an exact fit on the arbor or if the set was not sharpened as a set.
Some chippers teeth could be longer or shorter.
My Forrest Dado King leaves ever so slight bat ears, I have not had any
issue with that.
Sorry, I was not indicating that the blades had been resharpened so much
as improperly sharpened to begin with.
I would say that you cannot expect Freud to be helpful if you are
getting the results that "they" expect, for some people that is good enough.
DerbyDad, there's an oft quoted adage around here "New project = New
Tool" please don't screw it up for the rest of us (as SWMBO actually
believes me when I tell her this) <g>
Swingman is correct. There are a number of ways to do this project
efficiently and properly. Choose one and move on (hopefully with a new
The only certain thing here is that a wobble dado blade ain't going to
cut it (pun intended). There are only two things - that I can name off
the top of my head - I would use a wobble dado for.
1) hogging a lot of wood away quickly so that I can move in and finish
the process with a plane, chisel or router bit, or
2)cutting a dado in a rail and stile to hold a panel in place. In this
instance the wobble should work just fine as the panel doesn't really
care if the bottom is curved or not and neither will you.
Like everyone else said, that's your dado set.
You need a shoulder plane to clean it up (ignore what anyone
else says, the only correct tool for cleaning up tenons is a
shoulder plane). You need a shoulder plane anyway, because
it's the only tool for fine-tuning tenons that are a tad thick,
or the shoulders don't perfectly line up, and you get those
problems every so often regardless of what you cut tenons
You don't want to force tenons into mortices in poplar. Sooner
or later you'll split one of the morticed pieces. Poplar is
not very strong in that regard.
By the way, if anyone reading this is using a dado set on their Ridgid
table saw, you might want to check the model number of the saw before
I ran across a recall notice on the R4511 model.
Apparently the arbor shaft fails when using stacked dado blades.
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On Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 7:04:59 PM UTC-8, DerbyDad03 wrote:
(curved-bottom cut causes nonparallel tenons)
A wobble-type dado will cut a flat bottom of the width at which it was
sharpened; you can set it to the flattest-bottom cut, then use a
sacrificial fence to reveal the cutters to your tenon depth.
For a short stub, you could just use two or more cheapo blades (with washers
to adjust for the tooth set) instead of a complete dado set. I've bought
multiple on-sale blades for this purpose, but never got around to trying
it. Hey, if they were all sharpened in the same batch, the diameters WILL
match, just like a good dado set! This won't work well for wide
cuts, though, it takes extra motor power.
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