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Hello..been a while since I posted anything and it is good to be back. I was wondering if anyone had an opinion one way or the other regarding purchasing a Freud Box joint blade set or the Freud dado set. If you could buy either which would it be?

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the box joint set only has 2 widths (as I understand it).

On the other hand, a dado set can do a near infinite set of widths within its range.

to be totally honest, Im not sure that the 2 blades in the box joint set are not the same as the outer blades in the dado set...
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which one?

The Freud box joint set cuts only 2 widths, 1/4" and 3/8" so if you are going to make smaller boxes with the finger joints this will work fine.
If you are going to make a variety of width dados then you will need a separate dado set. Here's why. Most dado sets will not make a perfectly flat bottom dado/groove, it will have little gaps near the edges, not a good looking joint when exposed.
To make nice looking flat bottom dados most folks use a router with a straight bit in various diameters/widths.

http://www.amazon.com/Freud-SBOX8-Cu.../dp/B000ASGV1E

In the description it says:
About this Joint Cutter Set
Freud has developed a method of creating perfectly square, flat-bottom box joints on a table saw without using a dado set or saw blade. This patent-pending innovation is easy to use: simply install the two 8-inch diameter, 5/8-inch arbor blades on a table saw with the blades back-to-back for 1/4-inch box joints, or face-to-face for 3/8-inch box joints. Combine this with Freud's Tico Hi-Density Carbide and Silver I.C.E. Coating, and you can make perfectly square and precise box joints quickly and cleanly the very first time. This set includes instructions for making box joints and building a box joint jig.

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Hello..been a while since I posted anything and it is good to be back. I was wondering if anyone had an opinion one way or the other regarding purchasing a Freud Box joint blade set or the Freud dado set. If you could buy either which would it be?

Thanks in advance
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Don, you didn't say what saw you have. Some table saws won't accept dado blade sets. Some do.

Just sayin'.

A stacked dado blade set would be helpful in the future for a lot of different size dadoes you might want to cut.

In fact, the box joint blade won't even work for 1/4 inch plywood. That stuff is thinner than 1/4 inch these days.
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