Using a Dado Stack For The First Time! Woodworking Basics



– I bought a dado stack for the table saw. I wanted this for two reasons. I wanted to be able to make dados, 'cause I wanted to start making shelving that doesn't have pocket holes. I want to be able to start- I know I'm the pocket hole king, I know that. However, we gotta be able
to up our game a little bit, and this is part of that. So dados that fit perfectly and are more structurally sound
and they just look better. I also wanted to be
able to make box joints, and while this isn't perfect, this was my third attempt, and it is dang close, and it looks good. I'ma show you how to do that as well. We could also make tenons, or even tongue and
groove, with a dado stack. So this dado stack says
it's compatible with Bosch, DeWalt, Jet, SawStop, and other saws. This is a Delta. It should work with this too.

These are the two outside blades. Those are metal shims. Then the backside are
these chipper blades, three of those, and then more metal shims. I'll be taking that out. So from everything that I've read and researched on these things, this side goes out, the
printed side always goes out. Chipper blades, make sure the
teeth are going the right way, Snug fit. And you want to make sure these teeth aren't on top of each other. They want to be alternating. If you put them on top of each other, it will actually throw everything off and you would probably bend it
when you put the nut back on.

So the shims that actually come with this, they're almost, like this
one is really paper thin. I mean check that out. And they get thicker as you
go up in size obviously. And then, and these are
even thicker than those. So there's plenty of micro-adjustments. I'm building a table saw sled and a- (wood piece falls on table loudly) I'm building a table saw sled. This is my fence, and I want to put a
T-track in the top of it, and that's where the dado stack comes in.

Yeah. So it's slightly less than
three quarters of an inch thick. I actually think that's
going to be really close. So we're going to try that. Rookie mistake. (laughs) I actually forgot that this wouldn't fit. What I'm going to do is sacrifice
my zero clearance insert and order another one. And that way I'll have, I can actually use the dado stack and then I'll have this to keep
to use with the dado stack.

Bye-bye zero clearance.
(sad piano music) You served me well. (saw activates) Spinny. Why didn't I buy one of those years ago? Oh my goodness. Look at that. (laughs) So easy. So easy! Now let's see if the T track's gonna fit or if I need to adjust. Oh look, look, look. Perfect, perfect. Yeah, that is fantastic. Yeah, buddy. I don't know if I can be
any happier with that. That was perfect. On the first try too. Having these little digital
calipers to help set things up. Now this one come at the
recommendation of Mr. Katz- Moses, but it's expensive. But as he says, buy once-cry once, kind of thing. I wanted to get one that was accurate and I could use it for a while. So check that out. So as you can see, that's
what a dado stack does. Well, that's what it's supposed to do.

It cuts dados. Hey, if you're getting
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want to do is half laps. And if you've ever tried to
cut those with a single blade you know how difficult that is. You just multiple, multiple passes, especially when you get
wider boards like these. So I'm gonna (hits the
two wood pieces together) test a half lap using the dado stack, and see how well it works. So when I'm out here
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actually tested the dado on. However, half lap. I need some micro adjustments there, just to get everything nice and flush, but that was really fast. It only took a couple of minutes actually to do that half lap.

So I just made a quick finger joint jig. I looked up 'Make Something', how to make a joint box joint jig. And this is how he did
it for the most part. I'll drop a link in the
description below to that video, If you want to check that out. (relaxed country music) Not terrible, not terrible. Third attempt at box joints. The first two attempts I'm just adjusting and trying to get everything back right. You can see I didn't have
it adjusted quite right, but I'm just playing around just to see. I'm learning pretty quick. It's actually really easy to do. It's a little proud. As you can see it looks good. Check that out, man. This is just two scrap pieces, and I'm very happy with
this on a third attempt. And I'm excited to see what we can make now that I can do box
joints with the dado stack. So let's say we're making a frame and we want to inlay it with a
piece of plywood on the back.

You're just gonna to want
that to be quarter-inch thick, which is a quarter-inch thick plywood, and we're just wanting
to inlay it on the edge. (mechanical saw cuts wood) So I made a rabbit out of my hat. The reason you're using
a sacrificial fence is so that you can get
close enough to this edge so that it doesn't, it
takes the entire edge off, but it also doesn't cut
into your real fence. And then if this was a frame, and we were going to lay plywood
in there on the back side, this would be perfectly flush, and we can just brad nail or
glue that in to that rabbit. (upbeat bass music) So you can also cut tenons like this. Mortises you would course need
a drill press or something. But this worked really well for that. Just to actually cut that. I would probably need to
cut a little bit more off on each side to give it, make
this a little more narrow. But for the most part that worked well. Probably something I'm gonna
start practicing in the future so that I can get better
at my joinery methods, instead of just using pocket holes.

I just want to learn some more new stuff. (upbeat bass music) The reason I wanted the
dado stack initially, and the main reason I wanted it, was because I wanted to
make perfectly cut dados, just as such as this. So that, look at that. So perfect. Such a perfect fit. That's why I wanted this dado stack because you can dial it in that perfect. Look at that. That is one tight seam right there. I mean, this is why I
bought the dado stack, is to cut dados.

This is a three-quarter inch plywood. You can actually dial it in, because three quarter inch plywood is never three quarter inch, to where it's a perfect fit. It has a tiny bit of play in there. I actually cut it just a little wide so that it would slip in and out easily. If I wanted to make that
just even that much tighter I could actually do that
and dial it back in, just remove one of those
really small shims. A clamp and glue that on there. It'll never go anywhere ever again. It would be there, but this will make a very strong shelf, or for making shelving. This would work for that or
many other uses for dados, but that's why I bought that dado stack, and it's awesome. Hey, if you're interested in
picking up this dado stack there'll be a link in
the description below.

You can go check that out for yourself. You know what time it is, power tip time. The power tip is if
you buy the dado stack, make sure you get a
clearance plate that actually fits a dado stack, or you can actually
pick up a zero clearance and make your own. Just raise it up through there. I didn't think about that. I knew I had to have one but I didn't think about
it when I ordered it. Now I've used my zero clearance insert to make a dado stack I'll order some more. You can usually find those on Etsy and other places like that,
depending on your saw. Even Amazon sells them for certain saws. So the power tip is to
pick up a clearance plate that will accommodate a dado stack. Hey, thank you for watching, click that box right there, it's going to take you to the next video. Clicking the box gets you the
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