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    Chris Hatfield is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
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    Discovered the curved dado today

    Making a caddy for my ROS and paper, and the dados were coming along fine until the last one. My fence was too far over, and I was pushing too far away from the blade. Voila, a curved dado.

    Got lucky, it was only a 6.5"x5.5" of 1/2" ply. Got a little cut on my stomach.


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    Now that'll wake you up but quick. Now go change your shorts ;-) On the upside, those are nice clean looking dados.
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    That must have made a terrifying noise. Glad the results were not serious.
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    toni. the only noise is the ones that yu make after you get hit or it hits something else...
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    Chris, can you explain in little words exactly what happened?
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    Sure. I set up a sacrificial fence for the dado stack and was making the cuts from the top to the bottom, moving the fence over 1.5" each time. On the last one, the fence was too far over from the blade. I was also pushing on the piece with my stick between the blade and the fence. The piece rose up a touch on the blade and cartwheeled back at me. It was a cheap lesson to learn.

    I finished the cut on that one and the opposite piece by readjusting the fence closer to the blade an turning the piece around, which I should have done in the first place, or used a featherboard on the left side of the blade.

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    That piece is way too narrow to use with a fence. Better might have been using a miter gauge and a longer board. Cut off the smaller piece after dadoing.

    Glad nothing bad happened,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Meyer View Post
    That piece is way too narrow to use with a fence. Better might have been using a miter gauge and a longer board. Cut off the smaller piece after dadoing.

    Glad nothing bad happened,
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    Another approach would be to use a push block (like the Grrripper) instead of push sticks. I pretty much refuse to use push sticks on a tablesaw anymore, because they don't offer nearly as good of control of the piece as the Grrripper does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Another approach would be to use a push block (like the Grrripper) instead of push sticks. I pretty much refuse to use push sticks on a tablesaw anymore, because they don't offer nearly as good of control of the piece as the Grrripper does.

    Glad you didn't get hurt any worse than you did, Chris.
    That's on my wish list. For sturdiness, it was fine until that last cut.

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    For dado cuts, I use the same sort of rubber backed hold down that I would use on a jointer for making the cut...

    Cheap, keeps the piece flat on the machine, and keeps your hands away from the blade.

    http://www.amazon.com/Grip-55214-6In.../dp/B003MBPRYS


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