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#1 posted 03-20-2010 03:37 PM

In my opinion, a benchtop jointer is only of minimal value. It is really only good for truing up edges on small pieces and David is right – you can do this on your router table. I’ve had good results from that approach. I would advise you not to buy a benchtop jointer and wait until you can find a good full size jointer.

I used to use my biscuit jointer a lot. I (and many other people) use it a lot less now. I no longer use it to glue up boards side to side. I use it on those rare occasions when I am gluing end grain and on occasion when I need help with alignment at a miter joint.

Note that in many situations you can cut biscuit slots on your router table or with a gig and a hand held router.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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