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Ive made a number of kitchen drawer trays and jewelry boxes and always use thick Maple as the dividers. This works well since I have a dado blade for my contractor table saw. My problems have occurred when trying to thickness plane the maple to before ripping it into strips. I have a DW734 thickness planner. When trying to get to I set the depth stop on the side of the machine at . When I get close I try to sneak up on it by repeated passes through the planner, turning the handle anywhere from to 1/8 of a turn on each pass. I use a digital caliper after each pass to measure the thickness since the scale on the DW734 is very close but not exact enough for my purpose. There are two problems with this. First, by nibbling away at the thickness Im taking multiple passes through the planner. Takes time and wears on the blades. Ive also over tightened it a bit on the last pass and ended up with a sloppy fit in the dado and having to start again. There's not a lot of forgiveness in a 1/4 inch dado. If I end up having to make more because I screwed up something, like cutting the dados in the wrong spot (who me?), I have to go through the whole exercise again.

Sorry for the long story but, with that said, has anyone tried the Digital Planer Readout from Chipsfly https://www.chipsfly.com/product/35-520.html and, if so, which planner, 734 or 735? It looks like its made for the 735 but can be made to work on the 734. Is it worth the $48? As always, thanks for your help.
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I can't answer your direct question but have an alternate approach suggestion.

Instead of planing your wood to the dado width, why not make your dado to the wood thickness? You could adapt the exact width dado jig idea to smaller dados. I'd use a 1/8" or 3/16" bit to do this. Then you'd get a perfect dado fit every time without the tedious multiple passes through the planer.

By the way those gauges do work pretty well in general but like any other measurement system, need care and feeding. I have one on my router table but haven't bothered with the planer. Though will probably get one eventually. Keep spare batteries handy, you'll need them at the worst possible time.

Nice looking boxes, by the way.
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+1 Very nice looking.
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I resaw a lot of my walnut. I use the jointer first to get all sides cleaned up and square. I then resaw to thickness before planing. I then use my drum sander to get to final thickness. However, I agree with Phil. If you are going to place a board into a dado, it it easier to make the board and then route the dado to fit. I made a jig where you use the board to set the width and then you route out the dado. You should get a perfect fit each time.

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?????

Doesn't this call for a rabbet/shoulder plane??? After you get close, finesse it with a plane.
Especially on the kitchen drawers.

https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/rabbet-planes.aspx

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I really like the maple drawer insert, though I think the plastic spoons could use a bit more organizing...
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Thanks for all your input. My process is pretty standard. I face plane, joint and resaw the maple then run it through the thickness planner before ripping it to get the proper height. Here's the thing, my dividers are around 1 1/2" high, 1/4 inch thick and the dado is 1/8" deep. I use my crosscut sled with the 1/4" dado blade to cut the shallow dados. This is very quick once all of the dado locations are marked. For the boards that cross one another, I raise the blade and use a slotted joint. The edges also have a 1/8" rabbit to fit the 1/8" thick plywood bottom. I route the rabbits.

The exact dado jig is great for larger stock and I used something similar in the past for wider dados but it would be difficult to set up and use with the narrow height of the dividers. I attached a picture of just the tray. It's 6" wide and 9" long so you can see I'm working with fairly small pieces. I'd love to have a drum sander for this but it's out of my price range.

And chuck, my wife uses the little spoons, I don't, so that's her territory and I don't trespass under penalties that I prefer not to discuss.
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Barry, I've made boxes with dividers and used an EW jig to make the dados. What about that process doesn't work for you? I use a guide bushing and cut the fitting edge of the jig with the dado bit. 1/4" ish stock is no problem with a 1/8" bit. It does take a little getting used to working at that scale. You need to be aware of which edge you need to align with to ensure the dados are exactly placed. And, of course, a light touch is needed but given the boxes you've pictured, you are clearly there.
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Or a crosscut sled on your TS.
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