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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-19-2015, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Folks. Is their anyone who uses a jig, or has boughten some type of router jig that will guide you through the repetitious cuts that is willing to share where you got it or did you build it? I want to make some shelving and was wanting to use my routers for dado's. I am a disabled vet I can't really get under the table saw and put a dado blade on nor make adjustments to it. If you would be so kind as to post a link, or give me a model name/number , or any info you give would be of great appreciation.

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-19-2015, 02:21 PM
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Hi Michael and welcome

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You're probably talking about a dado jig - here's a link to a thread containing info from a member @MT Stringer with his rendering of an adjustable dado jig.

If you have any questions, I'm sure other will be along shortly to help you out.


And here's a link to a video demonstrating the use of on:
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My prefered set up for shelves is a straight edge, router and a straight bit. A short dado is the table saw and miter gauge, Rabbeting the edge a router and rabbet bit, table saw and dado or box cutter blade, or router table and rabbeting or straight bit, which ever works best for that particular operation.
There are tons of other jigs for routes on this forum.

Welcome to the forum, and thanks for asking the question.

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Welcome to the forum, Michael. Mike and Vince has given you the best method for your abilities. This will save you from trying to set up a dado blade in the table saw. A simple jig and you can route the dado(s) out wherever you want.

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Here is a jig I designed and built. It relies on a template bit (bearing at the top). It requires no external clamps. Once it's set for the wood you're using in the dados, you only have to turn the clamp, move the jig to the next line, turn the handle, then go again.

It's a "what you see is what you get" jig.

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G'day Michale, welcome to the forum.

I see that your question has been answered....

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Welcome aboard, Michael.

I have used that jig to build more than 50 kitchen cabinets, liquor cabinet and other stuff. The work pieces fit perfectly every time.

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Welcome to the forum Michael . Sorry I don't have any input , but your in good hands with these guys .
Sorry to hear about not being able to install a dado blade in your table saw . I prefer that method ,but if I had too I could use my Festool router and use the Festool track for a guide . It's an expensive route to take going with Festool products . Great tools tough

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I have a Dado Wiz that follows a straight clamp. Particularly nice for stopped dados. For repetitive tasks, cut a chunk of ply to use to align the long track clamp. DO NOT lift the router out while it is still spinning. You fit a piece of scrap from material you're working with and fit it between a set of positioning pins to set an exact dado width. if you want to glue it in place, add a sheet or two of paper to allow for the glue. You use a half inch down cutting spiral bit. Very clean and accurate. Since you asked for a jig suggestion, it is something to consider. Rockler also has an exact fit dado guide, but it does not get raves from reviewers. Works with the same type of clamping track. Of course, there are other shop made jig designs that work quite well, but for router use, I really like my Dado Wiz, even with the ugly scars from violating the DO NOT LIFT THE ROUTER UNTIL IT COMPLETE STOPS. DadoWiz Self-Sizing Dado Guide

The third picture is of a shop built adjustable dado guide and a way to make it an exact fit.. For most dados that cut across the full width of the piece, a table saw Dado set is a top choice. You position the piece against the fence, cut all pieces for one dado, reset, cut another. matching set. For one or two pieces, however, give me the DadoWiz any day. Setting up a dado set is a real pain to me for just a cut or two. But if you must use a dado set, consider recording the sequence and sizes of your stack for certain thicknesses. There will be some variations, so a thickness gauge measuring each workpiece so you can easily make up a properly sized stack is needed. Sounds a bit fussy, but far easier than stacking and mounting, then unstacking, adding a ship, stacking, remounting and making another test cut, then repeat.
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