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paul wagstaffe26/05/2012 10:25:37
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When I take a look at general woodwork projects on the Internet and You Tube, the woodworking people of the US seem to use a Dado blade in a table saw. Is the style of cutting a rebate used in the UK, and are they safe?

Regards Paul in the Isle of Man

Big Al26/05/2012 15:05:18
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Paul, in the Uk you cant fit a dado blade to a tablesaw, it was deemed unsafe many years ago and all tables saw's are fitted with short spindles to stop dado blade's being fitted. The only machine you can fit a dado blade to is a radial arm saw.


paul wagstaffe26/05/2012 18:08:22
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Thank you Al, seems a shame but I am not going to argue with the powers that know far more than me especially when I can do the same job's on my router table.

Newbie_Neil28/05/2012 12:00:37
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Hi Paul,

If you Google "exact width dado jig" it will give you the details on creating a jig to produce dadoes using a router. It is far safer than using a tablesaw.



Julian28/05/2012 19:49:56
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Hi Paul -- I think we all see how easy Norm does it with the dado blade set and you can get them in the uk, David Free used to have the legal bit on his website but it doesn't seem to be around anymore. I think it was up to 7/16" on a Saw that has a long arbour but that would have to be checked, the new regs on table saws say that they have to have an electronic blade brake this has been the case for a good few years now and you definitely can't use a dado with a blade braked saw. I have never used a dado and found the router to be perfectly accurate if the correct jig is used, have a look at Ron Fox's articles and U-Tubes they are really good and informative.

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