|Forum topic by SteveMI||posted 07-14-2009 01:32 AM||1050 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
07-14-2009 01:32 AM
Short story is that I need to use the R2 & R3 size biscuits for some smaller craft stuff. Material is only 7/16” or 1/2”, but doesn’t need strength. I just returned from Lowes, HD, Menards, Andersons and Sears with nothing in the trunk except the biscuits from Menards.
Searched Woodcraft and Rockler, but didn’t see anything online for the R size biscuits. They are a little far away from me to just drop in.
The only store that had a joiner that worked with R size biscuits was Sears, but the tool looked like a real cheap affair. The blade was simply stamped steel with the teeth being the blade material, no carbide wasted. All of it was very thin plastic and seemed fragile. Only good thing is it was available. It was $79.
I do have a Freud JS100a that I haven’t used in years.
Anyone know or recommend a R size biscuit joiner?
Anyone heard of a R size biscuit blade for my Freud?
What are the opinions of taking the Freud blade to a machine shop and having the carbide kerf modified for the R size biscuits? If this isn’t absud, what kerf is an R biscuit kerf.
Budget is a big issue, so don’t recommend a real premium type.
Just for a laugh, I did try a 0.050” end mill with two passes in the router for a 0.100” kerf. The R size biscuits measured 0.089”. While it worked, the method had serious problems unless I build a special fence for the router and very small plug for the table.