Cutting Biscuits by Hand

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by JBahou posted 05-01-2010 10:05 PM 3401 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View JBahou's profile


15 posts in 2390 days

05-01-2010 10:05 PM

How do you cut biscuits by hand? Can you cut biscuits by hand?


-- Jack †

10 replies so far

View Gregn's profile


1642 posts in 2401 days

#1 posted 05-01-2010 10:41 PM

If your referring to the biscuits themselves yes you can. How have I done it in the past? I took the size biscuit I wanted and traced it onto my material and then used the scroll saw to cut them. I imagine you could cut them on the band saw, but this was a sit down job at the time. Never tried it with hand tools.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

View Eli's profile


141 posts in 2424 days

#2 posted 05-01-2010 11:35 PM

Again, if you’re talking about the biscuits themselves, they are better if you cut them by hand, because you can make them from solid wood and arrange the grain for strength.


View JBahou's profile


15 posts in 2390 days

#3 posted 05-02-2010 12:47 AM

Okay, that’s some good information. Say I wanted to cut the holes for the biscuits as well, what method(s) or options are there that would be recommended?

For instance: drilling it out, lowering the work piece onto a router bit etc, etc.


-- Jack †

View uffitze's profile


199 posts in 2373 days

#4 posted 05-02-2010 01:19 AM

If you have a router, you can get a router bit that will cut the slots.

If you are limited to hand tools, I’d suggest just cutting a mortise and tenon. Of course, it really depends on the application.

View juniorjock's profile


1930 posts in 3183 days

#5 posted 05-02-2010 01:42 AM

Isn’t the reason for using a biscuit because when you apply the glue to it, it expands in the joint?

View poopiekat's profile


4188 posts in 3152 days

#6 posted 05-02-2010 02:17 AM

Is there some reason why you don’t want to invest in a proper biscuit slot-cutter and a bag of biscuits? I mean if not, then just get a spline-cutter for your router and do splines instead. It’s crazy to attempt to re-invent the wheel, and biscuits themselves are a marginal method of construction in the first place.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

View araldite's profile


188 posts in 2822 days

#7 posted 05-02-2010 03:09 AM

You can buy a thousand for about $30. That’s three cents a piece. Not worth the time to make. If you only need a few, it’s faster to cut splines like poopiekat suggests.

-- Failure is the road to success if you learn to learn from your mistakes - Vince, Greenville, SC

View studie's profile


618 posts in 2564 days

#8 posted 05-02-2010 05:23 AM

An old TV show “Petticoat Junction” episode the cook just poured out the pancake batter on the grill, then used a cookie hole cutter to stamp out the pancakes. The remnant was just the same as the head gasket for an old ford flathead V8 that a stranded visiter in town was waiting for 2 weeks delivery!

-- $tudie

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile


17573 posts in 3093 days

#9 posted 05-02-2010 06:12 AM

Just use a mortising chisel and go to work :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View Eli's profile


141 posts in 2424 days

#10 posted 05-03-2010 03:59 AM

If you’re going to hand cut everything, and just make it square and call it a loose tenon. Those are even better than biscuits because they provide some structural integrity.


Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics