WWGOA GOLD LIVE: Table Saw Dadoes

In this WWGOA GOLD LIVE event, George Vondriska demonstrates the best way to cut perfect dadoes and rabbets using a table saw.

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98 Responses to “WWGOA GOLD LIVE: Table Saw Dadoes”
  1. Claude Jay

    Since you are going to be working with the table saw, I do have a general question about my saw. I have a Powermatic 64B contractors saw. I’ve been thinking about purchasing an Incra Table saw fence. Are they worth the money? By the way George, I too am an Eagle Scout, 1962 and also a 32nd degree Mason.

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    • George Vondriska

      Very cool on the Eagle and 32cnd Degree. Sorry, but I haven’t worked with the Incra fence. But Incra makes great products. I’ve got their miter gauge for my table saw, and love it.

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  2. 1suerte1

    What is your opinion of stacked cutters versus “wobble” adjustable cutters? Is there a time when one is better than the other?

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    • George Vondriska

      A stacked cutter is definitely a better investment. Much better cut quality. I recommend staying away from wobble heads.

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  3. Sheldon Menin

    Sign me up for the event on cutting perfect dadoes and rabbets using a table saw.

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  4. Christopher Rogers

    Can George also give some commentary on using hand tools to do these jobs?

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  5. 1suerte1

    A nice light red wine with turkey this Thanksgiving or just the traditional white meat white wine?

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  6. aughtago

    have you had any trouble using stacked dado blade on the Saw stop? mine was tripping the overload when trying to start the saw with a stacked dado blade.

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    • aughtago

      I know Saw stop does not recommend certain stackable because of the total mass, and the brake may have trouble stopping it. I feel pretty safe using a Dado blade, so i wasn’t concerned with that.
      Stan

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      • aughtago

        Great Answer, in fact, my saw is also 220V, I had contacted Saw Stop and they said the same thing, “check for voltage drop to the saw”. My saw has a 10 foot #10 gauge cord. The outlet is only about 15 feet of #12 from the main panel in my house. I am an electrician and checked all connections in the circuit and measured voltage drop in several places from the saw to the main panel. The biggest voltage drop was at the main panel. I called the power company and they sent a crew out and up sized my overhead drop to my house. I also checked all connections in the meter socket while they had it de-energized. The saw still tripped the over load with my Freud blade with 4 legged chippers, when i am near 3/4″ thick. I still measured a healthy voltage drop at my main panel. Maybe I live too far out in the sticks! was just wondering if you had seen the same issue.

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        • George Vondriska

          That’s weird. Really sounds like there’s not enough current. I don’t know what else to point toward.

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    • George Vondriska

      I recommend a 6″ dado for benchtop table saws with universal motors. If your saw has an induction motor you should be fine with an 8″.

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  7. Matthew

    George, would you ever consider an apprenticeship for a guy that wants to learn in Wisconsin?

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    • George Vondriska

      My kids work for me as needed. Outside of that, I don’t have a spot for any other employees or apprentices.

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  8. howardjoe55@gmail.com

    What size of dado blades should one get? 8″, 6″ (do they make a 10″?)

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    • George Vondriska

      They do make 10″ dadoes, but they’re for really large industrial equipment. I recommend a 6″ dado for benchtop table saws with universal motors. If your saw has an induction motor you should be fine with an 8″.

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  9. Lawrence

    I recently purchased my first dado blade – a nice Freud. But my chipper blade is different design than yours – a larger piece with a large chipper on either end, rather than a series of smaller chippers like those sitting on your table now. What is advantage of one design vs the other?

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  10. Thomas

    my dado set only has 3 1/8″ chippers with only 2 teeth each and no 1/16″ chipper. comes with 1/16″ metal shims plus the actual micro shims.

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  11. hairy

    hairy I have a set of cmt precision dado set ,it came with plastic shims also. how critical is it to uses these shims. I also have a saw stop saw , and do I need to have a different insert for each dado set such as 1/2 , 5/8 , and so .

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    • George Vondriska

      You only need to use the shims if you’re building the dado head out to a size that you can’t hit with the rim blades and chippers. You don’t need a separate insert for each size dado.

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  12. Kyle

    Is there a reason the shims go between the last chipper and the rim blade? when using multiple shims should they be spread out?

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    • George Vondriska

      I like them between the last chipper and rim so they’re easy to get to if I have to swap them again.

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  13. STEPHEN

    Side note: Another down side to the wobble head is that can be hard on the arbor bearings

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  14. 3dwood

    I have seen you use 2-3 different ear plug devices for hearing protection. Which is the one you think is the best. I already have hearing troouble

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    • George Vondriska

      Lower the dado head. Position the rip fence to it’s close to the dado, but the dado won’t cut into it. Clamp the sacrificial fence to the rip fence. Turn on the saw and slowly raise the dado head.

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    • George Vondriska

      Thanks. Took a while to get here, but I’m really happy with the improvement.

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    • George Vondriska

      Cutting grooves with the grain is nearly identical to dadoes across the grain. No big set up or handling change.

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  15. tom schrock

    can I still see the event, even though it’s not live? I couldn’t view it live, as I had other commitments.

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