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Hi, I am working on a home project which requires making crosscut dado and rabbet cuts. I made a prototype using my tablesaw using Dado blades. My wife approved. I was thinking of possibly using my new Bosch RA1184 table to make the final cuts or would I better off sticking with the tablesaw? I noted that Rockler had a crosscut dado sled which they discontinued. Are there any sled plans for small router tables? Thanks
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Greetings Jeff and welcome to the router forums, we are glad to have you join us.

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There's always build one off a picture. I prefer to use the tablesaw with a dado blade & sled or with a jig & hand held router. I feel the router table is too limiting for most dado cuts compared to a jig or sled on the tablesaw. Rabbits would be ok since they are on the ends of material.

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Another vote for (quality) dado blades on the TS for some, or a t-square-style jig and a hand-held router for others. Which is more convenient depends on the nature of the project. Slots for drawer bottoms go on the router table, though.

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Hi, I am working on a home project which requires making crosscut dado and rabbet cuts. I made a prototype using my tablesaw using Dado blades. My wife approved. I was thinking of possibly using my new Bosch RA1184 table to make the final cuts or would I better off sticking with the tablesaw? I noted that Rockler had a crosscut dado sled which they discontinued. Are there any sled plans for small router tables? Thanks
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I remember seeing such a sled in one of Bill Hytons? books.

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If you search OPG3 and find one of his posts, you can click on his downloads. They show a dado guide you can clamp to your work. If your pieces are large it would be the better method. James (JW2170) also posted a link to a video showing someone making the guides.

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Hi, I am working on a home project which requires making crosscut dado and rabbet cuts. I made a prototype using my tablesaw using Dado blades. My wife approved. I was thinking of possibly using my new Bosch RA1184 table to make the final cuts or would I better off sticking with the tablesaw? I noted that Rockler had a crosscut dado sled which they discontinued. Are there any sled plans for small router tables? Thanks
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Most pieces requiring crosscut dado's are in workpieces to large to safely handle on a router table, in my opinion anyway. Exceptions being dividers in drawers or small boxes or something similar. Usually do crosscut dados either with the table saw or handheld with a jig also.

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Thanks Jerry - appreciate your welcome!
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Thank you everyone for your welcome and helpful advice!
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Hi Jeff

Here's a jig you can make for the router table it's like the Rockler jig that they don't stock any more..

For dado's,lap joints,sidling dovetail,blind dovetails, plus many, many more jobs on the router table.. it can also be used with the plunge router for the same joints as above... one jig for many jobs with the router..

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