MicroJig, a creator of pushblocks, clamps and other woodworking accessories, added the MatchFit Dado Stop for making precise-fitting dados with any saw blade.
“The Dado Stop allows for setting up cross dado grooves when using a miter fence. It allows you to cut a groove that is exactly matched to whatever you’re going to put into the groove,” product manager Ralph Bagnall says. “So if you need to do an inlay, you can use the actual inlay to set the jig, and when you use the jig to gut the groove, it automatically fits that piece that you set up with, so there’s no measuring, no marking and no test-cutting that you need to do.”
Bagnall explains that the design of the Dado Stop is what makes creating tight-fitting joinery simple and easy. The woodworker starts by securing the Dado Stop to a table saw rip fence with a MatchFit Dovetail Clamp. Then the width of the dado cut is set through a three-step process of setting the kerf, setting the dado and then cutting the dado.
“This is especially good for doing joinery like half laps where you can take the piece that’s being let into the other one, use that to set the jig and go ahead and process your half lap and get an exact fit without having to know exactly how thick the piece that you’re letting in is.”
Bagnall adds that the Dado Stop can be a real timesaver.
“You don’t have to put the dado stack into the saw. If you’re only doing one or two, you can just go ahead and set up the dado stop and cut the two shoulders referencing off the dado stop. This saves a lot of time because you don’t have to set up the dado stack, you don’t have to put shims in it, then make a cut and check the fit, then take it apart to add or subtract shims as needed.”
The MatchFit Dado Stop sells for $19.95. The MatchFit Dovetail Clamps sell separately for $39.95 a pair.
For more, visit www.microjig.com.
This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue.