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New here, so here goes! I suppose this has been talked about many times. Over the years I have always wondered about the waste that packs into a dado which is cut on a router table. My question is this, would using a plate ring with a larger opening help reduce the "packing"? I have always believed that the smallest ring that is just larger diameter than the bit is the proper method to help support the workpiece. I have just rebuilt the out feed table on my table saw and incorporated my table router into it, and added a diy below the table dust/chip collector and am wondering if the larger ring opening would help with "sucking" the waste out of dado's etc??
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Hi Ray.

IMHO, if you are using under the table dust collection, than the normal ring ( yellow?) should suffice for, say, a 1/2" cutter.

There is adequate clearance for the chips to evacuate.

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Hey. If you use a template guide that is just a bit bigger than the bit, of course the waste will fill the gap. If you use a bigger template guide, say a 30mm or 40mm, depending on the cutter you are using, then it stands to reason that the waste will pass through that hole. Problem solved.
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