I need the blade to make dados in soft pine for book cases. I have a vintage bookcase here that I want to duplicate so, I need the blade. I ALSO have a few friends that want to purchase a bookcase or two off me when I'm done with them.
I'll PROBABLY end up with the Frued dado set but, just wanted to get some folks ideas here first. I'll have the router table (Rousseau 2515) for the Rousseau Mobile Max 10 stand next week so, I'll have that capability then also. My fear is, that I'll pickup this new dado set, use it once or twice, and then decide to use the router because the setup on the saw is such a P.I.T.A!! :)
I have the Freud stacked dado blade that I purchased last fall for about $89.00. I can't tell you the model number without going out to the shop but it was picked as a best buy by one of the wood workers magazines and I have been very pleased with its performance in venerred plywood and solid oak. I believe it is worth looking at at least.
Hi Clint...Duane just beat me too it.. I bought a freud about 18 months ago from Home Despot.. It was less than $100 and I have dadoed everything from oak to ply.. For my use it's fine.. I guess if you intend using it a lot then a $200 maybe better in the long run.
I have used a "wobbler" waggler" aka adjustable like your picture and cannot recommend it..lot's of hassle adjusting and curved bottom at the trenches.
If you want to leave it and wait.. a router is a great tool for cutting dadoes just need to set yourself up with a clamping T-square jig.
I just came in from the shop so have the model number of the Freud 8" stacked dado blade. It is a SD208 and cuts from 1/4 to 7/8 inch dados. It comes with a shim pack and a carrying case and yes a set of instructions. It has done fine for me but if you really are worried about cutting fine vener plywood or melimene(SP) then score it before cutting but I haven't found the need on the material I use. Check it out.
I've seen the SD208 & SD206 for less than $100.00 BUT, the SD308 & SD306 aren't that much more, and you get nearly twice the amount of teeth with them. So, with all the help from you folks here, I've decided to just save my sheckles for now, and hope Santa brings me a SD306 for Christmas. :) (Along with a bigger home shop to boot)