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Forum topic by handystanley posted 633 days ago 806 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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handystanley

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633 days ago

I have an application where my Kreg pocket hole system will not work because I need to join to pieces of wood cut at a 45 degree angle – I do not want end grain showing. There are two ways I can accomplish this is either purchase a biscuit joiner (looking at the Porter-Cable 557) or a biscuit cutter set for my router.

Any thoughts? If the router can accomplish what I need then there is no reason to purchase another tool for tool sake and can apply the money somewhere else in my shop.

Thanks!

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA


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teejk

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#1 posted 632 days ago

either one is essentially the same tool…high speed motor with a blade/fence…given that the PC557 is a dedicated machine and the fence/alignment marks are machined for a single purpose, most likely more accurate than a router “add-on”.

but now into “real-world”, if this is a single use project, then if the router attachment is significantly cheaper and you have some scraps to play with before you wreck your project, then go for the cheap one (as long as you don’t need to use the router in the mean-time). “add-ons” (e.g. a drill press mortiser) take the primary tool out of service and take time to assemble/remove/re-assemble.

the 557 was popular for a few years (thanks to Norm who got it for free)...although I’ll keep mine, it might be one of those dust collectors for a lot of people and a used one might be found for a few $$$ (just DON’T drop it!!!...it seems to be like buttered toast and will always hit the floor on its weakest point).

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#2 posted 632 days ago

A biscuit router cutter is a handy thing to have. Biscuits, splines, quick dado, notching for buttons, it’s got lots of uses.

I even put a dado in a job I’d already glued together with one.

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handystanley

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#3 posted 632 days ago

Thanks everyone!

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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#4 posted 632 days ago

If I saw a good deal on a biscuit joiner I’d jump on it in a heartbeat.
It can be a very useful tool.

BTW, norm’s joiner of choice was a lamello.
The 557 was (and still is) popular for what it can do (regular and ff biscuits) as well as the overall quality.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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