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    slot cutters?

    Since Bill has brought up dados with the router, what about a slot cutter on the router table. do any of you use those to make the dados for the bottoms of drawers and if so ,, do you use them for other things as well??? what sizes do you suggest???
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    I just do em on em on the table saw.
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    I've used the slot cutters, in the router table, but usually just do them on the tablesaw, like Don does. Quicker and easier that way.

    If using "¼ inch" plywood, which is usually more like 5mm these days, I just use a rip blade on the TS, and make two passes, overlapping a tad, in order to get a good fit.
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    thats what i did as well jim but i had a dado blade in there an thought i could save a setup.. but the 2 flute bit wasnt the answer and even after the test cut it was the wrong size,, so i waited for the next batc of ripping and made the dados with the rip blade..
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    I have them for the shaper and will use them for a larger project. Say 10 plus draws. But for just a few the table saw gets the job.
    I also have a set for the router just straight bits from rockler that are the same odd size plywood is. Saves having to set up twice for a shelf rabbit or dealing with the slot being to wide.
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    I do use them for drawer bottoms as you describe Larry. Not always but, at times. I have a 1/2" shaft with a 5/16" diameter post which seems about standard. !/4" shaft ones I have run a smaller diameter post but I'm not sure what it is. I have a four-wing 1/4" cutter and 2 or 3 three-wing cutters that stack along with some shims. I also have one sized for biscuits for the 1/4" shaft. I guess that's a lot of info without much focus. If I were buying one for drawer bottoms, I'd get one that cut 1/4" in height and have bearings that allow 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" depths.
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    glenn that where i was thinking but can you get one in the odd sizes we need for todays thin plys? looked at holbren and didnt see any??? would be nice to have a set for the plys like that.
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    I've wondered about them as well. I was thinking that maybe they would be quicker and easier than putting the dado blade in the TS. Never tried one though. Good question
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    Ya mean like these Larry? http://www.woodcraft.com/Family/2008151/2008151.aspx
    Freud has these listed in woodcraft http://www.woodcraft.com/Family/2020454/2020454.aspx
    Rockler has these http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=2119
    Looks like one might have to adjust and do another pass if the ply didn't fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    glenn that where i was thinking but can you get one in the odd sizes we need for todays thin plys?
    You can get stackable plates and shims. They stack like a dado set. I'll shoot a pic when I get home but they are along this line:

    http://www.eagleamerica.com/product/...uter_bits_-_ea

    http://www.holbren.com/slotting-cutter-arbors/
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