A biscuit joiner (aka plate joiner) is a woodworking tool used to join pieces of wood. The biscuit joiner uses a circular saw blade to cut a mouth into the opposite edges of the two wood panels. An oval, dried and compressed piece of wood piece, call a biscuit, is covered with glue, and is immediately placed into the two slots, and the two boards are clamped together. The glue drys and expands the biscuit increasing the bond which often become stronger than the boards them self.
First I checked to be sure they were flat, then I passed them through my thickness planner to make them all the same thickness. First I checked to be sure they were flat, then I passed them through my thickness planner to make them all the same thickness. Then I jointed one side of each board, then ripped the other side through the table saw to make the edges parallel, then jointed that edge to remove saw cuts.
Most woodworking projects re-quire at least some assembly. This is especially true for projects such as tables, cabinets or bookcases where wide panels must first be built up from several narrow boards. Traditionally, woodworkers have used dowels for these assemblies. As you might expect, dowels add strength to certain types of joints, but they serve an equally important function by keeping the pieces properly aligned during assembly and gluing.
All I have to do is to set the biscuit joiner assembly into the holder and I'm ready to go. A tongue on the front of the assembly drops into the slot on the holder. And now all I have to do is to set the biscuit joiner assembly into the holder and I'm ready to go. A tongue on the front of the assembly drops into the slot on the holder. There are no nuts or bolts to tighten and I can set it up or take it down in about thirty seconds.
Although plate or biscuit joiners have little to no use beyond the one task they’re built for, they complete the task so diligently, that they are a must for every woodworking environment. Referred to as a biscuit cutter, this miniature saw cuts thin slots into edges of wood boards which are then used to hold two pieces of stock together via a biscuit.
A joiner differs from a carpenter in that they cut and fit joints in wood that do not use nails, usually in a workshop environment since the formation of the various joints generally requires non-portable machinery. A carpenter would normally work on site. Cabinet makers who specialize in manufacturing furniture are regarded as producing fine joinery.
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