A world-first development – a METRIC width dado stacking set!
In the many years we have been selling dado sets, one frustration a lot of Aussie customers have told us is that they are all universally designed with imperial blades, chippers and shims. That means you have to do relatively complicated calculations to convert to metric. And that's just plain stupid. There is every chance of making a mistake while doing this and potentially ruining a nice piece of timber. Then....you have to start all over again. Well, folks - those days are over!
Having tired of hearing our customers lament over this situation time and time again, we wondered how difficult it would be to have a metric dado set produced.
Actually, it was pretty easy!
The only two imperial measurements you'll find with this dado set are its diameter - 203mm (8in) and maybe the bore size. Due to popular demand, we have expanded the range from the common 15.9mm (5/8in) that most modern Australian table saws have as a bore size and now have added the other two most popular sizes - 25.4mm (1in) and 30mm. But that's where the imperial silliness ends.
The two outer blades have 24 teeth and stack to make a 5.9mm-width groove for undersize 6mm boards that can be shimmed to exactly 6.0mm with an included 0.1mm metric shim.
The set includes six 4-Tooth chippers. The reason behind selecting the four tooth chippers is because of the improved performance and finish - making this dado stack suitable for long and cross-grain cutting - but also for dadoing boards such as ply and cutting end-grain which is handy when using a dado for box joints etc.
The chippers included are listed below. They have been specifically selected in these widths, so when you stack them, you can move in whole or half-millimetre increments. Then using the metric shims, you can finesse the thickness to perfection. Each chipper has a unique shape cut out in the body, so you can quickly identify the thickness without having to measure it.
- 1x 2.0mm
- 1x 3.0mm
- 3x 3.5mm
- 1x 4.0mm
It also includes nine precision stainless shims measuring the following thicknesses –
- 2x 0.05mm
- 3x 0.10mm
- 2x 0.20mm
- 2x 0.30mm
Combining the blades, chippers, and shims allows you to build your dado from 5.9 – 23.5mm wide – in 0.05mm increments. No more conversions - just basic calculations - saving you time and ensuring that you won't make ruin another piece of work trying to convert accurately from imperial. Those days are over!
Please note: The outer blades may have a slight taper that reduces tear-out and allows a clean bottom of cut. This may leave 'cat's ear' marks and may not be suitable for exposed joinery.
For more information, scroll down to watch our Youtube video from Timbecon Productions.