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Richard

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10-23-2014 09:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question biscuit joiner joining

Has any one used biscuit’s when makeing edgegrain cutting boards ?
I am pretty sure it would not work with endgrain boards but thought it might help with the alingment and maybe cutdown on sanding time on edgegrain boards .


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#1 posted 10-24-2014 12:00 AM

There is nothing wrong with using biscuits in a cutting board. I usually just glue edgegrain boards together. But yes, I have occasionally used biscuits for alignment. It all depends on how easy (or difficult) it is to handle the boards and get them aligned during the gluing process.

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firefighterontheside

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#2 posted 10-24-2014 12:04 AM

Just be careful when cutting slots in small pieces. I cut a slot in my finger doing that. Also it can be difficult to cut slots in small pieces and have them actually align the pieces. If the cutter is not perfectly aligned on the piece, your slot may actually make the pieces misaligned. That’s my experience with small pieces anyway.

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#3 posted 10-24-2014 01:19 AM

It might be easier to use a 5/32” slot cutter in a router table or shaper. Small pieces can safely and securely be held with a wooden-jawed hand screw (the kind you used in high school shop). The biscuits don’t care whether the slot has an arced bottom, but you could also use splines, in which case you could make them any thickness you want.

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#4 posted 10-24-2014 01:30 AM

It no doubt would work, but for me it would be more trouble than lining them up w/o biscuits.

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#5 posted 10-24-2014 03:24 PM

The parts should be about 1 1/2” thick X 2” wide X 12” to 18” long so placeing them against a fence or stop to cut the slots should prevent/reduce safety issues.
Thanks for the info I just wondered if it was a common practice or not. For my limited clamping equipment it should help. Gotta find a Sale on clamps.

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#6 posted 10-26-2014 03:07 PM

Go to harbor freight, they have some descent clamps for a fraction of the price, sometimes on sale. I never use Biscuits so I can’t comment on the use of them on cutting boards. Sell the biscuit joiner and buy yourself some clamps.

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#7 posted 10-26-2014 03:29 PM

My wife uses a cutting board I made over ten yrs ago. I used biscuits to hold on the end caps/breadboard type ends. Not a single problem with almost daily use for those ten yrs.

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