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12 Tips for Better Biscuit Joining Keene NH

Gauge blocks are handy for cutting double biscuit joints. Cutthe first slot with the joiner base referenced off the work surface.Then, use a spacer block under the joiner base for the second cut. Thegauge block eliminates the hassle and confusion of flipping your stockor resetting the fence. Make a whole set and you'll be covered for anybiscuit-spacing need.

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12 Tips for Better Biscuit Joining

12 Tips for Better Biscuit Joining



1.  Make Corner Splines

 

Decorative corner splines sure make an ordinary box look great. Butthey can be a bit dicey to cut on a tablesaw. Let your biscuit joinercome to the rescue. A simple jig holds the box and the joiner so youcan cut slots quickly with minimal setup hassles. The jig is nothingmore than a piece of scrap plywood with two wood strips set at 90degrees to each other. A cradle fits around the plate joiner base andkeeps it from rocking on the box corner. The cradle is indexed to thejig with a couple dowels. Use spacer blocks to adjust the splinespacing. Plunge the joiner into the wood slowly to prevent tear-outwhere the blade exits the wood. With this box, you only need one spacerblock; just flip the box over to cut the upper slot.




2.  Preserve Your Biscuits With Kitty Litter



Nothing is more aggravating than a biscuit that won't fit into aslot-except maybe a whole bag of biscuits that won't fit. Biscuitsswell as they absorb moisture, whether from glue or the air. To preventswollen biscuits, store them with a desiccant, such as kitty litter.The kitty litter absorbs moisture and keeps the air inside thecontainer dry. Pour a small amount of kitty litter (the crystallinevariety is less messy) onto a cloth, tie it up and toss it into thecontainer. No more fat biscuits and they'll always smell nice.


3.  Highlight Cast-In Marks On Your Joiner



The cast-in alignment marks on a joiner can be difficult to read.If you're tired of squinting, use a permanent marker to highlight themarks. The difference it makes will amaze you.


4.  Apply Glue With An Acid Brush



Glue must be evenly applied throughout the biscuit slot to getthe strongest joint possible. The easiest way? Squirt some glue intothe slot and then run a glue brush, sometimes called an acid brush,through the slot until the glue is evenly coated on both sides and thebottom.

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5.  Use Gauge Blocks For Double Biscuit Joints



Gauge blocks are handy for cutting double biscuit joints. Cutthe first slot with the joiner base referenced off the work surface.Then, use a spacer block under the joiner base for the second cut. Thegauge block eliminates the hassle and confusion of flipping your stockor resetting the fence. Make a whole set and you'll be covered for anybiscuit-spacing need.


6.  Run Biscuits Long In Narrow Frames



You don't have to own a mini-biscuit joiner to assemble narrowframes. If possible, simply shift the slots so the larger biscuitextends into areas where it won't be seen, for example, the top orbottom of a face frame. After the glue has dried, cut the protrudingbiscuit with a handsaw. Then flush-trim with a router or sa...

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