I recently got an 8" dado set for my table saw, and was a little nervous about using it without the normal safety equipment I usually have in place (primarily a riving knife), especially since they've been deemed "dangerous" enough to be banned in Europe. I want to approach my use of the set with a thorough understanding of the dangers involved. Are there general guidelines of what to do/not do with a dado set installed?
- Can I cut dadoes with the work piece against the fence, or should I strictly use a miter gauge or crosscut sled?
- Obviously using both the fence and miter gauge at the same time would still be a kickback risk.
- Are through cuts a definite no-no with dado stacks? If I need to make one quick one, should I just go through the hassle of switching out the dado stack, reinstalling my regular blade and safety equipment?
So far, I've made a zero-clearance insert to replace my standard insert so there isn't a gaping hole in my saw table around the blade.