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Mark

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01-14-2013 04:14 PM

I bought a 5/32” slot cutter to fit on my router. I bought brand new #10 biscuits, which I store in a zip lock bag in the garage. I recently cut several slot and when I tied to install the biscuits I found them to be very tight fit, to the point where I had to sand them down to fit. I’m thinkin’ they must have absorbed a bit of moisture and swoll up. Any thoughts or solutions?.....(swoll up…Is that a word?) :)

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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 03:17 AM

...”swelled” :) Swelled right up on you did they?
Yah, that is the main drawback with biscuits in my book. I use them and found that when they swelled right up on me in spite of air lock storage (springback) I have to compress them just before use. I have a 2 ton press that does the job nicely, but any metal vise will probably work if the jaws cover the entire biscuit in one setting. Wood vises are not strong enough to do the job.
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gfadvm

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 03:19 AM

I’ve heard that microwaving those “swole up” biscuits will shrink them back to where they’ll fit your slots.

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#3 posted 01-15-2013 03:27 AM

that’s the trick microwave on medium x2 30 second each 5 minutes apart

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ldl

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#4 posted 01-15-2013 03:29 AM

Do you have the right slot cutter for that size biscuit?

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#5 posted 01-15-2013 03:34 AM

I use the desiccant capsules that come in medicine bottles and put them in the air tight container with the biscuits and I haven’t had any problems. For those that are swollen just put them in the microwave and it will drive the moisture out. There’s an article in this months Wood magazine that covers this topic. You can get small bags at office supply stores.

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Mark

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#6 posted 01-15-2013 07:26 PM

Micro wave it is. Thank you all. ldl. I believe I do. I was told 5/32” is the ticket.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 01-15-2013 07:29 PM

If dessicant does the trick, then you might also just be able to stick some cotton balls in there. Probably easier to find than silica packets.

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