Dado tuning jig:
A perfect dado is one that slides together easily and remains together by friction alone. But what happens if, while assembling a project, you discover a dado is too tight? You may be able to bang it together, but once you add glue, those fibers will swell, and it simply won't fit. It's very difficult to go back to a machine, re-install the cutter, and try to precisely widen the dado. So, what do you do?
In the old days, they would have used a side-rabbet plane like the Stanley #98 or #99. But you probably don't have one of those. Fortunately, there’s a simple, handmade tool that will solve the problem. It's fully adjustable for any dado up to an inch deep, and it may be built with some scraps and some easily to find hardware.
All the details you need to build it are in this video. If you'd like to say thank you, and help support more jig videos like this, please consider buying one of our deluxe jig plans. We really appreciate it! And check out the latest issue of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal. It's always full of great tips, tricks and tutorials designed to make you a better woodworker. You can read and subscribe for free at stumpynubs.com. Happy widening!
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