07:35AM | 03/31/05
Member Since: 02/24/05
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I am about to use my new Sear Craftsman router for the first time. I need to produce 3/4" wide dados for a project I'm doing. The dados will be 3/8" deep. I'll be using plywood. I read that it is recommended that you only go 1/8" deep at a time -- that you should make three passes of 1/8" to create a 3/8" dado. My router has 9.5 Amps and 2 HP. I will be using a 3/4" straight router bit. Can any suggest if this is the best way to accomplish this -- or will my router be able to do the job safely in one pass (going 3/8" deep)?

doug seibert

09:18AM | 03/31/05
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts
the router bit will burn and try to wander if the depth of cut is too great......"hog" out the wood.....

also plywood/glue is hard on router bits....especially inexpensive steel bits......

3/4" wide is a LARGE dado for a router.......

Be sure to clamp a strong straight fence to the workpiece for precise routing


04:19PM | 03/31/05
Member Since: 02/24/05
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Thanks for your advice. I'm pretty new to woodworking and I'm embarking on an ambitious project. I'm researching everything before I start working on it. Guys like you make it a bit easier.

Best regards,



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