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07-07-2010 04:52 PM

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I’ve got a few joiner questions for all you woodworking experts:

1. Are you all still joining with biscuit joiners, or are pocket jigs replacing the need for a biscuit joiner?

2. Is there a favored biscuit joiner on the market? If so, why?

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#1 posted 07-07-2010 04:56 PM

I still use one. It helps with alignment of stock when gluing up panels.

Mine is one of the early Porter Cable ones.

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#2 posted 07-07-2010 05:42 PM

Mine’s a Fein. I use it for attaching face frames. But I use my router table to slot the box edges first. I use the pocket hole jig more for legs or other right angle joinery.

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#3 posted 07-07-2010 05:58 PM

I use a PC for joining panels. I’ve also used it to make slots for buttons to hold down tops of tables. Call me crazy but I fell this results in a stronger apron (less wood is removed) then making a dado across the entire apron. Biscuit cutters are also great when doing trim work like around windows and doors since it helps keeps the parts aligned even when the wall your nailing/screwing to isn’t flat like it should be.

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#4 posted 07-07-2010 06:08 PM

There are lots of great uses for biscuit joinery. I have four different models but when I have a lot to do I use my bench top delta model. I had this in my recent tool sale and there were no takers. So I get to use it unless it goes through craigslist. It has a foot pedal so you can use both hands.



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#5 posted 07-07-2010 06:16 PM

I still use a biscuit joiner, but not as much as I used to. I no longer use one for side grain to side grain gluing unless I need help with alignment. I usually use it on miter joints (like a hidden spline).

I always us it if I am attempting to glue end grain.

Mine happens to be a Makita but I don’t think there is much difference from one brand to the other.

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#6 posted 07-07-2010 07:10 PM

Biscuits and pocket holes share some joinery tasks but each also have some unique capabilities. I reach for my pocket hole jig far more often than biscuits. Most of the time biscuits aren’t necessary. I’ve since sold my DW biscuit joiner…on the rare occasions that I choose to use biscuits, I just cut a slot with my router.

The PC biscuit joiners can do face frame biscuits, which give it some capabilities that not all have.

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#7 posted 07-07-2010 07:34 PM

I have a PC biscuit jointer, I think pocket screws make a stronger joint, and prefer to use them when I thikn someone wont be able to see the pocket holes. I use biscuits when I know someone will be able to see the back of a face frame, or to make weak joints stronger, such as mittered corners, where there is not enough surface area to trust in glue alone. I would probably prefer a domino jointer if I could afford one.

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