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Stacked Dado Blade Verses The Wobble Dado Blade


Stacked Dado Blade Verses The Wobble Dado Blade

No matter if you’re a beginner, or a master craftsman, the Dado cutter will give you the ideal consistent results each and every time it is used. Although it may appear to be mind boggling due to the amount of teeth, or thanks to the set up for the blade, once you’ve tried this cutter, you’ll never go back. You’ll appreciate the myriad of benefits of this ideal tool.

Simply put, the Dado offers a wide groove that is made into the piece of wood to join it to another piece of wood. This cut can be found from the most simplistic pieces of wood to the most complex pieces of wood.

There are two basic kinds of Dado cutters. Therefore, you have a good chance of finding the one that will work best for your needs. Here are the variances in the two kinds of cutters.

Dado Cutters

Stacked Dado Set:

This cutter in unique in that it has inside as well as outside blades. The inside blades and the shims work together to adjust the width of the cut. It’s easy to use and maintain.

Wobble Blade:

When utilized as a table saw in lieu of a spinning saw, this cutter is offset and it wobbles. The blade spins and moves back and forth at a high rate of speed and the material is passed through the blade.

Disadvantages And Advantages Of Each Cutter

The wobble blade has fewer parts and it takes less time to set it up for use.

The dado blade takes much longer to set up for use but it seems to be more consistent in its ability to give an exact cut.

The wobble cut leaves a slight cove and the cut will become wider as it’s made. The cove will be more pronounced and it won’t give a tight fit.

The dado blade is true through and through. It is flat and perpendicular on the sides of the cut thus delivering a more concise cut.

The dado has directions as well as a convenient chart. It’s important to hang on to this as long as you own the saw. Keep it in a safe place as you’ll refer to the chart frequently and the directions can be helpful if you haven’t used the saw for a time. Once you’ve used this blade you’ll question why you ever used a router.

The dado has many uses and you’ll appreciate the versatility of this saw.

The joint with a dado is a slot or a trench. When perused as a cross section, it has three sides. It is simply cut across, perpendicular on the grain and is characterized by a groove that is perpendicular or parallel to the grain of the wood.

A recessed groove in the edging of the piece of the machine is called a rabbet and when seen in a cross section, it has two sides and is open to the edge or the surface end from which it is cut.

Finger joints are also referred to as a comb joint. This is used for obtaining rectangle cuts into two pieces of wood. They are then glued together. To picture such a joint, interlock your fingers at a ninety degree angle. This will give you a good idea of how it appears when completed. This joint is strong and works better than butt joints or lap joints and is often incorporated into the design of the object.

A tenon is created at the end of the piece and also referred to as a rail. It inserts into the square or the rectangle hole that is made into the piece it will be aligned with.

It’s important to note: Do Not use a dado blade on a small object. This can put you in danger and the object will practically fall to pieces, causing possible pain and suffering to your body parts. It’s vital to maintain the integrity of the object. You’ll want to remember that anything that is in the path of that blade is going to be cut. Therefore be sure to gauge the size of the object that is about to be cut.

Here is a video on the wobble dado blade. Ignore what the woodworker says about not finding these blades for sale anymore. They sell them online at many stores. Just put in wobble dado blade and you can find it.

Image courtesy of Todd Clippinger on flickr:


Updated: July 22, 2015 — 7:05 pm
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