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Default Product Review - Oshlun 6" Dado Stack

I've been wanting a dado stack since I bought my Table Saw but I haven't had a need and with my budget - no need = no toy ... till now.

The wife wanted some end tables and she showed me a picture of a table made to look like a boat dock and asked .. could I? Of course I answered yes, but the design required a dado stack. I already had the Oshlun 6" picked out so I pulled the trigger.

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Oshlun SDS-0630 6-Inch 30 Tooth Stack Dado Set with 5/8-Inch Arbor - Amazon.com

I needed the 6" because the TS manual (Ridgid 4510) specified that size due to the power of the saw.

I liked the idea of full sized chippers as opposed to the two tooth cut down chippers on some of the other sets I researched. As the box shows there are [email protected]/8", and 1 each @3/32" and 1/16" along with 8 shims; 2 each @ .005",.010," .015", and .020". All this came in a cardboard box with decent foam packing separating the main cutters from each other and the un-separated stack of chippers. The shims were in a separate plastic bag under the top piece of foam. It should be noted that some of the Oshlun dado stacks purchased through Amazon have recently been shipped in a much nicer aluminum case. That apparently has been discontinued. I was aware of this before I placed my order and am only slightly disappointed. I'll probably build something to store the stack.

The individual main blades and chippers have a very nice heft, meaty carbides and appear nicely made with what seems to be a good amount of attention to quality control. Each of the chippers is clearly marked showing its thickness. This is carried over on the shims. Both markings appear to be printed, not stamped, but it wasn't effected by wiping them down with WD40 for rust protection. The shims were stamp cut and still have some of the edge roll that comes with that process so it is clear that other than the print work no post processing was done and a sharp edge is on the inner and outer edges. I'll have to be careful not to run my fingers along them or I may be cut.

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The cut quality of the set was very acceptable too me, being a hobbyist. The side cuts were very smooth and the bottoms were cleanly cut with only a very thin indication of where one cutter is separated from another.

[IMG] IMAG0120 by pat w1, on Flickr[/IMG]
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There was a small amount of tear out on the back side of the cut with no backer but with the ZCI the tops were cleanly cut and looked very nice.

Overall I'm pleased with the set and expect it to perform well for my purposes for a long time.

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Really nice review of a good product.
As a user of an 8" dado set, (Not Oshlun) I can assure you that you will, in all likely hood, never need more than a 6".
It looks like you are getting nice, flat cuts. I had to have mine reground because I was getting "bat ears" on each side of the cut. Not good for cutting box joints or any other exposed joint.

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Like Oshlun blades a lot, first project to try out a new dado set was a case to replace the cardboard one it shipped in.

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Nice box, Tom.

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Nicely done review Patrick. Guys, please upload your photos directly onto the forums so they will always be available.

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Forgot to mention, nice write up Patrick


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Nice box, Tom.
Very utilitarian, looks like some leftover birch ply and underlayment, if you look closely it seems that I was a bit indecisive on which way to mount the hinge judging by the hole pattern at the bottom edge of the lid and the mounting of the cut chart is classic.
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Very utilitarian, looks like some leftover birch ply and underlayment, if you look closely it seems that I was a bit indecisive on which way to mount the hinge judging by the hole pattern at the bottom edge of the lid and the mounting of the cut chart is classic.
Hey, Serves the purpose, right?

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Good review Patrick. Like Gene, my old Sears stack leaves bat ears which can be really annoying to look at so one of the first things I want to know is whether they will produce a flat bottom.

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Excellent review! Thanks Patrick.

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Like Oshlun blades a lot, first project to try out a new dado set was a case to replace the cardboard one it shipped in.

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Yup, Exactly what I have in mind ... end tables first, then the completion of the DIY Katie dovetail, the bandsaw tension gage, gotta finish a aquarium sump in there somewhere, too

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