How to Set Up and Use a Dado Stack – Full Tutorial and Examples

How to Set Up and Use a Dado Stack – Full Tutorial and Examples

This video explains the details of of how to set up your dado stack and how to set up a dado stack properly. It also shows examples of how use your dado blades to cut dados, rabbets, and tenons. A Dado Stack can be one of your most useful and versatile tools in your wood shop!**Always follow the installation and usage directions on your dado stack and table saw. Always be sure to unplug your table saw when changing the blades**

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50 Comments

  1. Brad McNamar on April 25, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Great Video, thanks!!



  2. Greg Winch on April 25, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Great vid!



  3. Barry Speirs on April 25, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Hi , I’m a novice at wood work and I would like to know how does the dovetail clamp hold when the leg of the clamp goes into a slot?



  4. Llineedsadragstrip on April 25, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Great video. NICE WORK….



  5. r2d2 on April 25, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Thank you ☺️☺️



  6. patrick peterman on April 25, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    thank you for taking the time and effort to produce a very useful video; PJP



  7. 2020 on April 25, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Impressive, first time trying it today. I’ll be following your video , wish me luck 🤞



  8. Drskvch on April 25, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Thank you for being safe! I’m newer to woodworking and watching some people makes me cringe at what some are doing. To each their own but nonetheless thank you. I saw on one vid that you should line up the nubs behind the teeth to ensure none of the teeth are in line with the next. Any truth to this? I’m trying to learn locking rabbit joints for boxes and drawers and will practice the 1/4, 1/4, 1/4 and 3/8, 3/8, 3/8, method. Thank you in advance for any assistance.



  9. Stephane George on April 25, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks, I’ve learned so much in only a few minutes, keep doing the vidéos.



  10. Lawrence MIrafuentes on April 25, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Excellent!



  11. Foresterarborist on April 25, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Never used a dado stack. Now I know how to start. Thanks



  12. 20thCenturyPox on April 25, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    They’re incredibly dangerous. The end.



  13. Firevine on April 25, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    I bought my first dado stack today. This video was an awesome resource. Thanks a ton!



  14. Gary Moffat on April 25, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Really like the description you use. It’s clear and easy to follow. I’m new to this so it’s very helpful. Since I haven’t used my dado stack yet, I feel better about it now.



  15. Dave Pierce on April 25, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    You did a good job of covering all of the basics of table saw dado stacks. Your presentation was organized, clearly based on your experience and knowledge and most of all, you demonstrated everything you discussed so that it was clear exactly what you were doing.
    I see this was a couple of years ago and was wondering if you are still using your delta table saw? I’m looking hard at them because it’s clear to me that they are by far the best value in contractor saws, especially with the fence they are providing now with their sub $1500 saws. I’ll be honest, yours seemed dead quiet, stable and not a lick of vibration. I so want one!!
    Anyway, consider me a new sub and have a wonderful and safe holiday season. Cheers, dave



  16. Richard Houghton on April 25, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Nicely done!



  17. Michael Bedell on April 25, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Great video, thanks for the “not what to do” comments. Both are teamwork to make the best of any ideas.



  18. Michael Hansen on April 25, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    All I needed. Fantastic demo!



  19. Brendan OKeefe on April 25, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Great f😎cking video!!!!



  20. Bob Ridge on April 25, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Wouldn’t it be easier to use a router table ? Much quicker set up. And your (standard) table saw is still available.



  21. Taj Vanwinlke on April 25, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Sick video. Thnx



  22. Timothy Glenn on April 25, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Great instruction and useful info. The safety notes are taken. Thanks for the video.



  23. michelle reed on April 25, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    For anyone watching this video. DO NOT move your already cut dado back though the blades like this gentleman has shown! Not only is it dangerous,but seeing that his hand is not a clamp there is a chance that you can widen the cut by going back.I was very surprised to see him do this. It is not recommended by professionals.Once your through the cut remove the piece and then you can slide your miter gauge back.



  24. TheBikersurgeon on April 25, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    can’t believe I’ve never thought to use a leverage board when tightening the stack….Thanks for that!



  25. Detroit Joe on April 25, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Good info, thank you for sharing.



  26. Thomas Williams on April 25, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you for not talking to fast. Plus everything else..



  27. Greg Holmes on April 25, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    I just cringed when he plopped that carbide blade onto that cast-iron surface?



  28. Denis Tremblay on April 25, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    This might be a dumb question but my table saw uses 12inch blades and i can only find 8 or 10 inch dados.
    Also thanks for the video showed me that dado is what i need for my project.



  29. woodysworldoffthegrid on April 25, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Hay man I need fifty subscribers to go live also a great idea for phone tripod just send me the tips need to cut goovev



  30. Tom Briggs on April 25, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Great video. I really appreciated it. One question; do you need to use at least 1 chipper blade in between the outer blades? Or can you just use the two outer blades to achieve a 1/4” dado? (Or whatever the width of 2 blades is)



  31. Uvaldo Ordonez on April 25, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Outstanding! Great tutorial very descriptive, and very clear. It appears that I will need to spend several hundred to get the proper tools.



  32. Milton Welch on April 25, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Very thorough for teaching a johnny-come-lately!



  33. G.W. Boen on April 25, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    I’m going to be making my own wood flooring doing what you call a rabbit cut but one is cut one way and the other side of the board is cut the other way so they interlock thank you



  34. Edward Simon on April 25, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you brother, I make and install cabinets and I always use a tongue and groove router bit, but clearly a dato set would be more ideal as I also have to dato out the face frame as well as the cabinet carcass. Thanks again I appreciate you.



  35. patrick cronin on April 25, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    You do a great job explaining. I’m A Plumber trying to be a weekend Carpenter. Lol. Appreciate it, Thanks.



  36. cole mahaney on April 25, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    i use a woble blade work great



  37. Luke Syers on April 25, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Really informative, thank you for shedding light on how to set-up the dado.



  38. Kyle Henline on April 25, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Is there an advantage to using a Dado stack over a router table? It’s only about $50-60 more for me to get a table for my router than one of the mid range stacks and i’m wondering if I should do that instead. Seems like router would be a bit quicker and easier set up.



  39. talib hassan on April 25, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    I was planning to buy a dado Cutter for my workshop coincidentally jus saw you video abt it..thanks for sharing knowledge learned a few things…gr8 from Chennai India



  40. Jeff C on April 25, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    I’m a total beginner at this and I’m trying to determine if I should buy a table saw that will allow me to use dado blades. I was considering a Dewalt saw, but a reviewer said they this particular saw was not able to accept dado blades. Do you have any advice for choosing a saw that would enable me to use these?



  41. Mrtall81 on April 25, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Super helpful, thanks!



  42. Tom M on April 25, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    @5:44, YES!



  43. Douglas Caines on April 25, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Awesome



  44. LawnCrack on April 25, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Great video. Thanks!



  45. Gary Perrin on April 25, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    Great job showing how a dado blade works.



  46. Rashad Glover on April 25, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Perfect video



  47. Deb Schultheis on April 25, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    You’re my hero! Thank you for your great explanations.



  48. James Rowland on April 25, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    This was incredibly helpful! Thanks!!! Subbed



  49. mehdi maaroufi on April 25, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks for thus video. My question is how do you correct the measurement on your table saw after installing a dado stack if you want to use the fence ?

    My guess is that you have to subtract the width of your dado stack, minus the width of your regular blade. Is that correct?

    Thanks in advance!



  50. Truth Seeker on April 25, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Very helpful! Thanks many.