Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Bucks County, PA
Was This an Acceptable Dado Technique??
I was doing dado cuts with a stacked dado tonight and was wondering as I was doing it whether it was a safe practice. So I thought I'd ask you pros.
I'm making an oak wall shelf with three 3/4" horizontal shelves and two 1/2"vertical dividers (aside from the outside 'box'). These all intersect so I need to slot each shelf and divider halfway through so they interlock. The shelves each got two slots and the dividers each got three.
So to cut the slots, I put the shelves on edge on the table saw against an Incra miter gauge and cranked the 8" dado head up to almost 2" to do the cuts. I used a stop block on the fence (set back, of course) to cut the three shelves and did the dividers by clamping them together and then clamping the pair to the miter gauge. I made one full depth cut for each slot.
I was wondering if there was any problem with this other than having the spinning dado head exposed almost 2" above the table. All went well, no splintering to speak of (I fed slowly) and everything lines up great, to my amazement. The whole process made me kind of nervous, though.