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Can I make a dado blade set out of multiple regular blades?

There's another factor you're not considering: torque requirements. There's a reason the majority of dado sets are 6" or 8" in diameter. Most table saws won't have the power to run a 10" set. A 10" ...
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What am I doing wrong when making lap joints with my stacked dado set?

The chippers in the stack may vary in height. You can test for that by making a single pass and see if it is smooth. If the chippers are ok, then it is likely technique. Make sure you are holding ...
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Is it safe to use just the chippers in a dado stack?

I have never tested it, but I would think that a chipper, with only two teeth, might be quite risky. In a standard blade the teeth are secured in their path by the blade disc which serves to guide ...
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Is it sensible to use a router for cutting large dados?

First, to answer your 3 questions: Yes, you can safely make a 50mm deep cut with a handheld router, but only if you take several passes, only cutting part of the depth at a time. If you try to make ...
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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. As a beginner, that is the right attitude. I note that the most dangerous time will be when you are no longer a beginner but not ...
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Can I make a dado blade set out of multiple regular blades?

Instead of making a dado blade you can instead use a sled and then move the workpiece side to side on that to enlarge the dado. Make the outer cuts first and then you have a reference for where the ...
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How do you pronounce dado?

noun da·do \ˈdā-(ˌ)dō It's pronounced with both a long 'a' as in day and a long 'o' as in oh. Primary emphasis (indicated by ') is on the first syllable.
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Is it safe to use just the chippers in a dado stack?

Is it safe to use just the chippers in a dado stack? No. The chippers are designed to do just that — chip out the middle of a groove being cut on either side by both outside blades. Some dado stacks ...
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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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Dado for T-track cross cut sled

The sled is made out of 18mm-thick MDF. I would only be leaving behind 3mm thickness of wood to allow a dado deep enough for the T-track. Is that enough? My brain works in Imperial units, so I'm ...
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Are there any best practices when using dado blades or stack?

Can I cut dadoes with the work piece against the fence, or should I strictly use a miter gauge or crosscut sled? It depends on the nature of the cut. A dado is technically a slot cut across the ...
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How can I cut a partial groove in the center of a piece of wood without going through the ends?

Power tool For a simple, efficient power tool approach I would consider a plunge router using a known straight edge as a guide. Using a straight bit you could cut in where you want and exit just the ...
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Table saw technique, cross-cut dados on multiple boards

There are 2 points of accuracy you'll want: keep the piece moving at the same orientation and get the correct distance from the reference edge to the blade. The second is easy, just set the fence tot ...
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Is it sensible to use a router for cutting large dados?

Really, do you want to turn that entire 50x50x50mm cube into sawdust? Since you don't have access to a bench saw and the dado alternative , this is what I would advise: Cut each end of the slot with ...
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What am I doing wrong when making lap joints with my stacked dado set?

My dado stack gives me the exact same results. Depending on the manufacturer of your dado stack it is likely due to the design of the dado stack. Direct quote from the literature that came with my ...
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How do you pronounce dado?

I've always heard it pronounced "Day-dough"
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Not aligned Dado shelves - does it need correction? (With pictures)

This is your project, so in the end, it is your call. You have a few options: Do nothing! Try a test fit and see it if looks ok. If so, move on to the next step! Generally speaking, a 2 mm difference ...
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Would a thick riving knife be useful with a dado stack?

I think the major danger that riving knives address is binding on the blade from the kerf closing. This is a particular risk with solid wood where there may be stored internal stresses (e.g. when the ...
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What am I doing wrong when making lap joints with my stacked dado set?

I can't help with the diagnosis I'm afraid, I have no experience with dado stacks and they're actually not permitted in Europe so that's not going to change any time soon! But your question #1 is ...
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What am I doing wrong when making lap joints with my stacked dado set?

There is a good chance it is technique. You need to keep the piece flat near the saw blades. A little rocking action and each pass will be different. having the board flat from the beginning helps, ...
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Are there any best practices when using dado blades or stack?

Here's my best practices taken from various online videos and my own experience. I've cut dadoes mostly for kitchen cabinets, fences or drawers. I have an under-powered (1.5HP) 10" contractor table ...
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How can I cut a partial groove in the center of a piece of wood without going through the ends?

You are correct, a table saw or any other circular saw is not the tool to use for a blind groove. As you have researched there are safety issues, plus the groove will be arched at the ends. It can ...
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Using a 5/8 dado stack on a "30mm" arbor

I decided to go out on a limb and buy a stack to know for sure, and... It fits! There is a verry small amount of play before tightened, but any less and the blades would scrape over the arbor. I ...
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What size dado set to use for 10" table saw?

So what do people do? Do I buy an 8" dado set for the right arbor size? Or do I get an arbor adapter to use with a 10" set? You do the former. 10” saws use 6” or 8” dado sets. 10” dado sets ...
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Table saw technique, cross-cut dados on multiple boards

I will assume that you do not have a dado stack for this? They are a set of blades designed to cut a dado in one pass. That way using a fence and a mitre sled (most table saws come provided with one.)....
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Building a Cabinet with Drawers on a Budget

Properly speaking, you don't need any power tools to build a cabinet. (However, that would be tiresome to say the least.) Yes to the router, no to the router table (unless you commit an entire 4x8 ...
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Building a Cabinet with Drawers on a Budget

For dados in larger boards, a router guided by a straight edge clamped square to the board can be easier than a router table. There are a number of good jig designs, depending on how often you're ...
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Table saw technique, cross-cut dados on multiple boards

You are correct to not want to use the fence alone for these cuts. That has a high probability of ending very badly. The miter gauge that came with your saw should be adequate (use it in conjunction ...
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What is the difference between a $40 dado blade set and a $240 dado blade set ... besides the price?

When I'm spending money I like to read the negative reviews on a product online. This tells me what is wrong with them and I can decide if the issues are something I can deal with or if it happens to ...
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