Would I be better off using a router to make the dadoes than trying to set it up on my tablesaw?
Rob Johnstone: This is one of those questions that a wise guy would simply answer “yes” to, but in practice, I use both tools to make dadoes, and I choose which one based on experience. If I have a piece of stock that is easy to push across a table saw and especially if it is through dado – then I use the table saw. More intricate stopped dadoes and panels that are difficult to push across a saw, I use a router and a dado jig (See the February 2000 Woodworker’s Journal for my favorite jig. Also, you can search the Plans, Plans, Plans section of woodworkersjournal.com for useful jigs for this task). I built a panel saw (plans available at the Journal’s web site) that I use for this task from time to time. It combines the ease of the table saw type set up with the advantages of a router.
Michael Dresdner: That depends. If you own a good dado set, I’m guessing the tablesaw would be easier and faster. If not, it might be quicker to use a router.