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Cutting rabbets with a table saw against the fence

I'm very new to woodworking (I've only just started out in an online course), and I've been trying my best to educate myself on safe practices. Recently, I've been thinking about how rabbets are cut ...
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How to hide base dados behind box joint corners

I don’t have any photos on me so hopefully I can describe this ok. Say I build a box like so: Cut the four sides. Cut dado in bottom of each side, on table saw (I don’t have another good way), which ...
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Can I avoid spur / knicker marks in dado bottom cut with plough plane (stanley #45)?

I want to use a plough plane (stanley #45) to cut dadoes (cross grain). The spurs/knickers are useful in preventing tearout and defining a clean knife wall, but they score past the bottom of the dado, ...
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How to Cut Dados in MDF with Hand Tools

I’m new to woodworking and was wondering about the best way to cut dados in MDF. I’ve seen tutorials on cutting dados in real wood using chisels, but I don’t know if it applies to MDF as well because ...
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Compensating Rabbet or dado in warped plywood

I'm building some 3x3x16" long L brackets out of 3/4" plywood. I'm planning on using a simple butt joint with a single rabbet and screws to attach the two pieces together. The strips are all bowed/...
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What depth and offset from edge my dado / groove in particle board should be?

This is a follow-up on this question (How to make bottom for a big drawer)? I have also read this one (What are the minimum, maximum, and optimal depths for dadoes, grooves, and rabbets) and I'm not ...
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What are the minimum, maximum, and optimal depths for dadoes, grooves, and rabbets?

I kind of assume that dadoes, grooves, rabbets / rebates should be no deeper than half the thickness of the material. So, in 3/4" stock, dadoes should be no deeper than 3/8". Anything deeper would ...
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Are there any best practices when using dado blades or stack?

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 ...
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How can I cut a partial groove in the center of a piece of wood without going through the ends?

Background I got a new table saw and I'm about to start on a couple of project that require me to make grooves. I found a good tutorial to cut grooves for drawers and cabinets. Problem Now I want ...
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Building a Cabinet with Drawers on a Budget

I want to build a cabinet with drawers but I don't have many tools. I have a drill, a square, a level, and some hand saws. Most guides make use of a table saw and dado blades. I'm thinking about ...
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Dado for T-track cross cut sled

I want to cut a dado into the surface of my crosscut sled to perfectly hold a T-track flush to the surface. The sled is made out of 18mm-thick MDF. I would only be leaving behind 3mm thickness of ...
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Table saw technique, cross-cut dados on multiple boards

I bought a table saw recently and it's the most terrifying tool I own. I want to cut a 5/8" dado across four 5" wide boards in identical positions, about 14" from the reference edge. I have a 1/2" ...
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What is the difference between a $40 dado blade set and a $240 dado blade set … besides the price? [closed]

I see that dado blade sets start around $40 and go up to $240+ I am wanting to get one as a gift for a friend that is helping me build a small bookshelf. The $40 is much closer to the price range I'd ...
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What am I doing wrong when making lap joints with my stacked dado set?

I'm trying to cut some lap joints on a table saw using my stacked dado set. But the depth of the cut is inconsistent from pass to pass. Here's a picture of what I'm getting: It seems like I'm ...
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Is it sensible to use a router for cutting large dados?

I'm working on some landscaping projects with interlocking halved joints. The material is 100x50mm treated pine so my cuts are 50x50mm. I'm currently achieving my cuts by clamping several lengths ...
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Can I make a dado blade set out of multiple regular blades?

Lets say, for argument sake, that I have 2 or 3 10" blades for my table saw. That would give me just under 3/8 inches, when all mounted together, which I could use to make dadoes. With what I have ...
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Would a thick riving knife be useful with a dado stack?

As I understand it, a riving knife prevents kickback by keeping the workpiece from pinching or being pushed into the back of the blade. Pinching the blade is unlikely to happen with non-through cuts, ...
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How do you pronounce dado?

When perusing woodworking articles online, I often read about dado joints made with dado cuts using dado blades. SilentC at the English language Wikipedia GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons ...