Getting dados & grooves perfectly sized to your project material can sometimes be a difficult task.  Not when you use this method.  When it comes to woodworking joinery, using your material to gauge your cuts can often be better than measuring.  In this video I show how to get perfectly sized dado cuts without even having to have a dado blade set.  Aside from placing where you want your dado, you don’t even need to measure or make a jig.  I am currently using this technique to make some dados for a couple benches I am making but the process itself can be applied to many woodworking projects.  Hopefully you can pick up a couple ideas and help you make better woodworking joints.  As always, thanks for taking the time out of your day to have a look at what I have going in my shop!

 

Table Saw Blades:

In the video I mentioned the blade was a high alternating top bevel blade (HATB or Hi-ATB).  It is in fact an alternating top bevel blade (ATB), I misspoke.  I have used plenty of table saw blades over the years with hit or miss results.  Below you can find several that I like:

Blade Used In The Video

General Purpose Blade

Veneer Plywood Blade

Plywood Blade

Ripping Blade

General Purpose Blade

 

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6 Responses

  1. Joe Shaner

    Nick, do you toss your blades when they get dull, or do you send them out somewhere for sharpening?

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    • Nick

      I send them out, BUT, I clean them and use them more before I send them out – cleaning does wonders a lot of the time

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  2. Guy Hileman

    Nick I’m interested in the project you are using the legs for in the dado video. How do the legs fasten to the table top and stretcher. I 2” slabbed a mesquite log and going to use 2″ slabs for legs. Thanks, from the Guy in Tucson

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    • Nick

      I will have a video and article coming out in a couple weeks showing how to build it from start to finish – best way to get notified of when it comes out is signing up for my newsletter here

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