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    Default Dado Blades

    I'm hoping to start making some of my own equipment this year, and I've been poking around the internet at the different dado blades available...and it's a little overwhelming. The general opinion of the blades available at my local Home Depot (Freud Diablo and Avanti Pro) is that they're crap. I'm not saying that I have to have the best, but I want to get some that are good enough so I only buy them once.

    Oshlun seems to be well-regarded (I have this set in mind), but at the end of the day I'm making beehives, not high-quality furniture. Maybe one of the cheapo sets would get the job done.

    What do you use/recommend?

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    Default Re: Dado Blades

    I'm limited myself...bought this set from Lowe's and have been very satisfied thus far...Again, building bee boxes and equipment is about the extent of my woodworking ability.

    http://www.irwin.com/tools/circular-...ies-dado-blade

    Not finding it on Lowe's website, but want to say it retails in the $150 range, although I see Amazon has them for $99....Good Luck!

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    Default Re: Dado Blades

    here is my take on them, we're making boxes for critters that regularly live in dead/hollow trees. the bees don't care. So it's really up to the beekeeper. I have three sets of stackable dado blades, from various manufactures like craftsman and dewalt...etc. They are not carbide tipped. All of these sets were purchased for less than $20 each at garage sales or online. I also have a wobble dado blade. None of my table saws have the arbor length to handle 3/4" stacks of blades, so i don't use them. I did make a couple of boxes with 1/2" joints and the cheap blades seemed to work just fine. Most folks are using 1xX" pine boards, so the wood is fairly soft.

    If i were in your place, I'd buy a cheap set of blades, and use the rest of the money for otehr bee gear. in a few years if you think you need a better blade set, then you can get it, but i doubt you'll find the need for it.

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    Default Re: Dado Blades

    I would agree to a point. I'd encourage you NOT to consider steel blades. Stick with carbide. Pine will do a number on steel.
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    Default Re: Dado Blades

    I bought a stackable set from home depot. I think its a diablo or something like to that. I made around 30 nuc boxes so far and all seem well. I'm running it on a newer craftsman table saw and the arbor isn't quite long enough but I run 3/4" dado anyhow. I'm not saying its right but I made all my boxes with it and knock on wood its been alright. If I had it to do all over I would by a saw with a longer arbor and go with the same dado set.

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    Default Re: Dado Blades

    A little off but close to topic. Just what would be a "minimum" length for the arbor to safely handle a full stack?
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    Default Re: Dado Blades

    I have both Oshlund and Freud and they both do an excellent job, will last a long time before needing to be sharpened. I don't think you would be disappointed with either of them.

    These are around $100.00, but, with normal use they will last forever.

    cchoganjr

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    Default Re: Dado Blades

    > Just what would be a "minimum" length for the arbor to safely handle a full stack?

    If you want to use a dado stack that is 3/4", then you need 5/8" additional arbor beyond the end of the arbor nut when you have a normal 1/8" blade mounted.

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    Default Re: Dado Blades

    I just checked and I also have the Freud. As far as safe I would think anything over an 1". Keep in mind you have a large washer and a nut that needs to go on after your dado.

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    Default Re: Dado Blades

    Right now I'm on a budget and only looking to use dados for bee boxes. So when I saw the 25% off coupon for Harbor Freight in the paper, I went and bought the 42 teeth carbide set (normally $59). Haven't tried them out yet, but I'm confident they will do the job.
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    Default Re: Dado Blades

    I would guess that if you are just going to build bee supplies for yourself, you should be O.K.

    cchoganjr

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    Default Re: Dado Blades

    I have a set from Harbor Freight (china) that I got for 20 bux on sale several years ago and I have made hundreds of boxes, innercovers, tops, bottom boards and still using them the second set I bought a few days later for back up is still hanging by the saw.
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    Default Re: Dado Blades

    Quote Originally Posted by honeyman46408 View Post
    the second set I bought a few days later for back up is still hanging by the saw.
    That is good to know. I have never purchased a dado set from Harbor Freight, but, I buy almost all my staples from them. Never had a problem. Their 5000 pack is about half the cost at Lowes and Home Depot.

    cchoganjr

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    Default Re: Dado Blades

    take a look at the screw advance box joint jig. It's faster!

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    Default Re: Dado Blades

    It really depends how fussy you are. I cannot stand dados that are not flat on the bottom. I too was on a budget when I purchased my first couple dado sets. The avanti from Home Depot is terrible. Poor quality dados. I went to sears and purchased a "quality" Craftsman set for over $100. Again it was terrible. Lots of burning, chip out, and lots of messing around to cut exact 3/4 inch dados with stupid cardboard shims.

    I wanted to buy the best quality Freud dado set but they were will over $200. I searched eBay and found a high quality 6" dado that was $195 new and got it for $50. It is a awesome set. Easy to use. Perfectly flat dados. Exact widths with no fuss.
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    Default Re: Dado Blades

    Quote Originally Posted by FlashGordon;105 [CENTER
    take a look at the screw advance box joint jig. It's faster![/CENTER]
    FlashGordon....Have you used one of those. Could you elaborate. I have always wondered if they are as good as they say they are.

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    bsharp -

    I bought that exact set about 1.5 years ago and have made all my own equipment since. It has served me well so far. I like it for the money.

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    Default Re: Dado Blades

    I have used Freud and Diablo dado sets, along with some cheapies along the way. I currently run a Diablo stack with satisfactory results. As mentioned before a good carbide tooth will get you much further than straight steel. The best bet, whatever set you get, is to run it awhile and then have them sharpened together as a set. This is the only way that I know of to get a truly matched set of blades. They will perform so much better. When I was teaching such things, we never made an entire dado cut in one pass. Always make a initial cut to hog out the material and then a final pass (or two) to dimension. It will result in easier cut, less tear out, and a cleaner kerf.

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    Default Re: Dado Blades

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael B View Post
    I cannot stand dados that are not flat on the bottom.
    Then you would not be happy with a wobble blade, it leaves you with a cupped bottom on your dado. I have both a Task wobble blade and a Freud stacking dado set. I only use the wobble blade for cuts that don't need to be perfect like hive body handles, for the fine stuff I use my Freud set.
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