Biscuit joiners are not easy to find at a reasonable price. I got a craftsman today because I was just tired of shopping. I paid 99$ for it and I also got a small hand held router for some roundovers, that was 89$.
I found out my lathe is touring the country till Nov 29th, so I have to wait. Meanwhile I have lots of measuring and chisels ordered. I’ll be ready to go when it gets here. I will have to build a bench on wheels to use it outside.
I decided to use my padouk and walnut board for a box lid. This box will be made from walnut, red oak and padauk. It will have dowels for decoration joinery, but I’m likely to rabbit my joints and use biscuits and glue. The dowels will just be decoration.
I love my joiner and planer. The problem with buying wood from a local sawyer is that the stuff is warped, and uneven everywhere. A pass or 6 through the joiner and planer gets them beautiful and square and you all know there is nothing more pleasurable that making something with perfectly square and flat wood.
I put on a Frued thin kerf blade on my TS. Man what a difference. The blade cuts walnut 4/4 like it’s hot butter. Much less sawdust and wasted wood too. I never bought 90$ blades but I sure will from now on.
I’ll keep you posted on the box.
-- Mom always said, "you can do anything you put your mind to." The older I get the more I realize she was right.