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I am new to this forum and are unsure as to how it works. I am recently semi retired and find that I now have more timeto expand a woodworking hobby. One of my first projects will involve cutting datos into 5/8" and 3/4" particle core melamine. I need to purchase a set of dato blades for the job. I have a 1.5 HP reasonably good table saw.

Cutting datos into melamine can cause chipping if the right dato set is noy used. Can anyone give me any advise as to a reasonably priced dato blade set that will do a nice pob on melamine?

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Greetings Bill and welcome to the forum. I have not had that much experience with Dato's, I use a stacked dato that I purchased at HD. Would I do that again, probably not I would do some research and go with Forrest. See attached web page. No they are not the cheapest but one of the best. Sehttp://www.forrestblades.com/dado.htme attached.

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hi Bill,

first of all, i know nothing about melamine. but for a nice dado set that will do anything i ever want to do i would recommend the freud sd 206 stacked dado. i have the sd208.

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Bill, Dado blades from Freud would get my vote. You asked this question at the right place, and here is why: Dado sets are rather expensive. You can make clean dado cuts using a router, and the bits are less money. You also have the advantage of making stopped dado cuts with much cleaner ends. Unless you are in a production shop you can do more for less money using your router. Something to think about.

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Hi Bill welcome to the forum. I have had various dato sets both stacked and wobbler types. I now have the Forrest stacked dato set, and I found that it is the best.
However it is on the pricey side. With Melamine panels dato sets will chip out the edges.
Forrest was the first company that started to grind the sets at a negative angle. That was the way to avoid the chip out. I would advise that you checck the sets offered by Freud and see if the grind is negative. That would be a clue as to how it will behave when cutting Melamine and also cross cutting datos in expensive veneer ply wood.
I hope this helps... Woodnut65
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Forrest was the first company that started to grind the sets at a negative angle.
I definitely dispute this information but you are correct that negative hook reduces splintering in plywood and chipping in melamine and laminates. The Freud SD200 series and DD200 series:
Freud Tools - Pro Dado Set
SD500 series:
Freud Tools - Super Dado Sets
and SD600 series:
Freud Tools - Dial-A-Width Stacked Dado Sets
all have negative 12 hook and will produce excellent results:
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Hi Bill, and welcome.
I'm with Mike on this one. A router bit is a lot less expensive to buy or to sharpen. If you cut a lot of melamine or other laminates (unless it's the sprayed on kind) you'll find your tools dulling rapidly....at least, faster than if you were cutting wood. For that reason alone, I would choose a router bit.

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