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Joshua Howe

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#1 posted 02-03-2010 05:59 PM

Sorry guy but I really have to argue the biscuit joint it is a strong joint I understand but for the cost and time it takes, I have a porter cable biscuit jointer dustest tool in my shop. It is much easier to hand cut a loose tenon than it is to find the right angle on a biscuit jointer. And a good chisel is a lot cheaper. if it was my project I wood do the loose tenon but maybe I’m crazy. I know this sounds intemadating to a socalled newbie, But how long do you really want to consider yourself a newbie cut 2 pieces of scrap and just try I promise it will be the most satifing cuts you have ever made. I mean really how much time have we spent think and talking about it. drill 4 or 5 holes in a line chisel waste cut square piece of wood glue and if you want to get fancy pants on it the take bandsaw or handsaw and cut slit add a small wedge on each side make sure that your tenon will flex and not split if splits open up the slit for the wedge all you need the wedge to do is spread it out no more than a 1/16th if tenon is cut tight. wait a minute in case we didn’t already know this this is an old school biscuit hehehee! Don’t you love how machines make us forget the basics. Okay here we go I need something to hold to pieces of wood together so I cut slit in each add wood that continues through joint and wedge to form tight fit like my hammer o yeah wait if we had a machine that cuts the slits and then take a piece of wood o and this wood would expanid when i add glue we will call this type of wedged tenon a biscuit because I got the munches. HEHE! It 6 one way 1/2 dozen the other

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