Router biscuit joiner attachment

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Forum topic by jackass posted 09-12-2010 07:10 PM 7098 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-12-2010 07:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: biscuit joiner

Has anyone ever used a biscuit joiner attachment fitted to your router. I can’t justify buying a dedicated biscuit joiner for around a $100.00 bucks for the little use it will get. I have a chance to buy a “Wood Pecker by Dimar” with the ability to use 3 sizes of biscuits, please let me know what you think.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#1 posted 09-12-2010 07:21 PM

that router thing is a PIA in that you hve to set the height for every different thickness and shove the boards into the roatating cutter. ( just dial that seeting in with a proper biscuit cutter.)
Lots of room for error.
Check Princess Auto. Seems to me they hae an import for under $50.00.

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#2 posted 09-12-2010 08:12 PM

If you can get a biscuit cutter for $100 or less, get it. I bought the router attachment back when the preferred tool was $200 and up, could not afford it. The router attachment works, on basic, loong board edges. for miters, or narrow board ends, forget it. Accuracy is crap, becuase you have to push the blade into the wood and move it around.

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#3 posted 09-12-2010 09:35 PM

Thanks guys, you have confirmed my fears about the attachment. The guy that has it for sale said in his ad that it had only been used once. That should have clued me in. The $20.00 was the attraction.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#4 posted 09-12-2010 10:05 PM

10 years ago I was using my biscuit jointer a lot. I seldom use it anymore. There are some situations where it really is the ideal tool, primarily when gluing end grain but even there, other options are available.

Depending on the type of work you are doing, you may use a biscuit jointer more than I. However, there is almost always an alternative way to do what you would have done with a biscuit jointer.

Since biscuit jointers are someone out of vogue now, you should be able to find a good used one for a very reasonable price.

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

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#5 posted 09-12-2010 10:33 PM

”out of vogue”?
I suppose people are chasing after whatever is offered up as the latest newest tools, but I find mine invaluable.

I also know a number of tradesman who use theirs on a regular basis when assembling casework for cabinets, attaching hardwood edging, faceframes to cabinets, glue-ups etc.

Most people assume the biscuit joiner is used to align material, when in fact its main purpose is to strengthen the joint, especially useful when you do not want exposed fasteners.

Certainly am guilty of buying a pocket hole jig when it first came out, and after using it awhile, it sits unused in my shop…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#6 posted 09-13-2010 01:11 AM

In Canada Danny Proulx made face frame cabinets popular and hence the pocket screw.
I have seen Norm Abram build similar with biscuits to hold the frames in place.
I don’t do this type of work often enough to have a favorite but will use what ever is quickest and easiest .

Kitchens, for most of us and offices too, are just a bunch of boxes.

I used my pocket hole jig last week to attach some 2×4”s to studs in the garage to hang steel shelves from.
It made putting them up across the studs a lot easier than drilling each one across the 3-1/2” width to set them.

p.s if you are doing woodworking on a tight budget you are probably not going to be as happy as you thought you’d be.

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#7 posted 09-13-2010 02:09 AM

I have one and it works great. I didn’t want to buy a tool to just use it once in a while, but an attachment was a lot less. I have had no problems with it.

-- You can get more with a kind word and a 2 by 4, than you can with just a kind word.

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