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I'm again trying to find the best way to cut something, attached is a picture that illustrates more or less what I want to cut (the notch).

The material is MDF, and the dimensions are 2" x 1/2" x 40". Sorry the scale is not accurate.

I've been doing this using my router table, but it is a pain in the ass, too much dust (difficult to collect dust when routing so far from the fence) everywhere and it takes too long. Also it's hard to get both ends perfectly straight.

Then I thought about using a jig saw, so I make the cut vertically sing a guide, I don't have a jig saw but since I already could use one for my thread "How to cut this", I think it is time for one.

Consider also that when you start messing with MDF in what I call the "dust area", it's easy to mess it up.

You tell me.
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I'm again trying to find the best way to cut something, attached is a picture that illustrates more or less what I want to cut (the notch).

The material is MDF, and the dimensions are 2" x 1/2" x 40". Sorry the scale is not accurate.

I've been doing this using my router table, but it is a pain in the ass, too much dust (difficult to collect dust when routing so far from the fence) everywhere and it takes too long. Also it's hard to get both ends perfectly straight.

Then I thought about using a jig saw, so I make the cut vertically sing a guide, I don't have a jig saw but since I already could use one for my thread "How to cut this", I think it is time for one.

Consider also that when you start messing with MDF in what I call the "dust area", it's easy to mess it up.

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No dado blades are sold in Argentina .

Do you consider a bad idea to use a jigsaw for this?.
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Do you consider a bad idea to use a jigsaw for this?.
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When working like this, I roll the router table outside. Dust is much less of a problem there

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Use a circular saw Cut numerous kerfs and clean it out with a chisel.
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Looking at your sketch it looks like you want to cut out about 1/2 of the 1/2" dimension...you didn't mention how long the cutout is...

A jig saw would probably not cut it straight such that the cutout is square and level across all axes.

I'm with Stick and others on using a handheld router, guides and dust collection attached to the base. You could even line up a few pieces together and route across them...assuming you have more than one to do...


...but it's a good idea to buy a good jigsaw anyway...never lose an opportunity to buy another tool, even if you don't use it for 2.0... :-)

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Yeah I forgot to mention the dimensions of the notch, they are:

1/4" x 4".

The idea is to cut a lot of them.
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Why don't you set up your router table for under table dust collection. It's not hard and works amazingly well. Here's a shroud I built for temporary use while I;m building my cabinet. It works great for exactly what you are doing. You might need to tweak the size for your router.
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Pablo, Why are dado blades not sold in Argentina?
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