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Cut perfect grooves & rabbets without a dado set

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Board on tablesaw with 2 cuts

Every once in a while, a project plan calls for a quick groove or rabbet; but installing and fine-tuning the width of a dado set really kills your momentum in the shop. This simple method for cutting grooves and rabbets guarantees a perfect fit, even in odd-size plywood, using the blade already in your saw.

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2slk wrote:

I've been using this tip for years. With the proper hold-downs you can achieve results that rival most dado sets. With problem materials I under cut the dado and clean up with a router. All this is easier for me than the dado set.

9/27/2012 03:22:40 PM Report Abuse
iamchipperkeith wrote:

who said they are illegal i have one and it does agood job

9/27/2012 01:40:05 PM Report Abuse
Garver873 wrote:

Im wondering why in UK they dont allow dado blades

9/17/2012 08:48:33 PM Report Abuse
loftus51 wrote:

Well said jl, plus over here in the u.k. our table saws are not built for dado blades as it's illegal. Anyhow back to the tip in hand, geezerpa said it for me.

9/29/2011 11:37:11 PM Report Abuse
geezerpa wrote:

I agree,keep the tips comming for everyone.Thank you

9/29/2011 12:23:55 PM Report Abuse
jlatimer71574 wrote:

For someone who doesn't have Norm Abram's shop nor the money to come anywhere near it, I still enjoy woodworking and find tips like this very useful. If you can't use some of these ideas, keepin mind that others might and the book wasn't written just for you so don't discourage them.

9/29/2011 10:54:45 AM Report Abuse
Roger L. wrote:

Nice tip if you're only doing one piece, but actually quite time consuming if you're doing more or a whole project.

9/29/2011 10:08:35 AM Report Abuse

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