First Dado - Table Saw Miter Sled
I had a chance to work with the dado set that I got along with the new table saw. Set up the dado table insert and set the dado stack for 3/4", more precisely 0.755". Ran a couple test cuts to get it where I wanted it. Had put in a 0.010" shim to begin with, but took it out and the dado slot turned out perfect. Have to tap the plastic miter slot bars lightly to seat them. Just need to screw them in place and they will be ready to go.
You'll notice the base is in two pieces. I did it this way so I could get the dado-ed miter bar grooves to fit the plastic bars snugly and not have to fight with positioning the two grooves in the same base board. The blade faces of each panel match along the cut line and I will line these up when I mount the fences and make a zero clearance cut, and I theory, everything should slide freely with minimal play. If it works, I think it is a slick way of doing it.
I had previously made the front and rear fences, by gluing together two pieces of the 1/2" Baltic birch plywood the bases are made from. Then bandsaw the rough shape followed by sanding. I don't have the screws I want for mounting the fences, so will have to do the one-hour drive to Baker City to get to a hardware store that has brass screws. There are two hardware stores in the town I live in, Halfway, OR, but the one that has better stock and selection in fasteners is close indefinitely due to a collapsing roof. The remaining one that is open doesn't stock any brass fasteners.
I have the brass crews I want for the miter bars, but I'm just too tired tonight to do any more.
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