Freud Dial-a-Width Dado box insert

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Boys and Girls,

Dragging this across from previously published at LJ on 12th. December 2019, it was to supplement the review I did on the Freud Dial-a-Width.
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Boys and Girls,
 
I have just reviewed my Freud 8" Dial-a-Width Dado set after getting totally cheesed of with the supplied plastic insert(s)
 

and replacing it with laminated MDF layered spacers.  This blog explains what transgressed from my frustration.
 
The plastic form included, was made up of 1mm thin brittle plastic
designed to permit separation and stacking of the dado set so as not to compromise the integrity of the TCT teeth.  The cheap plastic managed to disintegrate within a few weeks of use and I was aggravated by the chomping of the TCT blades' teeth.
 
Shuffled off to SketchUp and based on the profile of the chipper blades,
and  plastic form I came up with this design,
and a peek-a-boo.

Note the provision for that goose neck spanner.
 
As the blades were 1/8" thick I made the separators out of 3mm MDF with 16mm dia. "spindle" retainers/spacers with an overall 150mm blade separators,
 
The parts were ready for glue up straight off the laser,
 
The insert finished,

Ready to be used with the Woodpecker Dado setup jig (more on this later).
 
And for all those people with a left and a right hand , here is a video of how it works to juggle in your third.
 

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

12 Comments

A good workable solution    

Ron

My Freud 208 came with the same packaging. Even the box is flimsy.

Nice use of your laminating technique with the MDF!

No desire to build a fancy nesting house since I just keep all my blades in my slotted blade drawer where each cutter is separated by some 1/4" hardboard.
Oh I forgot I need to report I have been a bad boy

Regards Rob

Sydney All Electric 8,9,10  Feb.
Chief Test Bike Ride supervisor at "work"

Regards Rob

Dye your hair RC?

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Hmmm, obvious source of embarrassment!

Wouldn't they let you into the picture?

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Wouldn't they let you into the picture?
Someone had to take the photo.
Nicely done! I got lucky and the Freud dial-a-yield didn't fit my SawStop portable saw, so I had to return it. I got an Amana dado set which has nesting slots already.

Steven- Random Orbital Nailer