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I have a dewalt 625 in a router table. in fact its the same table norm built on the new yankee work shop. I have read and read about dados. So I will ask for your educated opinoins here. Which is the best method for making dados? on a table saw or using a router table. THe product will be white faced melamine and I need to make 1/2 wide by 1/4 deep dados and rabbits for cabinet construction. Thanks
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There are more ways to Dado then you can learn in a lifetime I bet!

To me there are many great ways and it depends on the specific project you are going to use the dado for.

A table saw or router can both be used to get great dadoes, but even then there are many ways of using the table saw and router to make the dadoes.

I have a jig I use for the router, I will try to get some pics up while others chime in.
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Hi coupe

A good set of dado blades, is Not cheap, the low ones will still empty your pocket,,,a good router bit will do the same job at about 1/10 the price..
and sometimes a bit lower, Norm A. has all the bucks he needs to buy the high end tools..

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I have a dewalt 625 in a router table. in fact its the same table norm built on the new yankee work shop. I have read and read about dados. So I will ask for your educated opinoins here. Which is the best method for making dados? on a table saw or using a router table. THe product will be white faced melamine and I need to make 1/2 wide by 1/4 deep dados and rabbits for cabinet construction. Thanks



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My dados are done with a hand held router and a very simple jig. First, because it's such a PITA to change my saw over to the dado blade function. Second, because with my jig, I can get dead on accurately sized dados. And, third because I'm getting too old to lug the work to the saw table. Especially when I'm doing a bunch!
With rabbets, it depends on how many and how big. If it's a lot, I'll go through the hassle of switching over to the dado blade. Just a few....I use the router.

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