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Biscuit Joinery Basics - Downloadable Technique

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Biscuit Joining Basics
Because biscuit joints are easy to mark out and quick to cut, using one almost seems like cheating. In truth, biscuits may not be as strong as some traditional types of joinery and may not be suitable for heavy-duty loads, but they're perfect for plenty of projects. Learn about the tools and tips of biscuit joinery techniques as Woodcraft Magazine's® Senior Editor Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk shows you how to successfully incorporate biscuit joinery into your projects. You will be able to download the pdf file from the Thank You page or from the Downloadable Product Email once your order is placed.The editors of Woodcraft Magazine® have selected their best "technique" articles and are now making them available for download directly to your computer. Topics ranging from finishing to hand cutting dovetails will allow you to read, learn, and apply woodworking techniques that you once thought impossible. Seasoned woodworking professionals will lead you through the steps necessary to master these skills, making use of detailed color photography to provide additional insight into the process. While the skilled use of these techniques is important for a variety of woodworking applications, these articles will prove to be invaluable when undertaking projects in the Woodcraft Magazine® Classic™ Project Plans series.

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Very basic, some problems

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This is a 5-page article originally printed in Woodcraft Magazine, Feb/Mar 2008. Just like the title says, it provides very basic information about using a biscuit joiner for common joints: 1. Face-to-Edge 2. End-to-Edge and Mitered Biscuit 3. Double-biscuit joinery (additional strength in thicker stock) 4. Face Miters 5. Offset Joinery 6. Edge-to-Edge The Face-to-Edge does not tell you an essential detail for placing biscuits in the middle of a face: if you follow his instructions exactly, you'll be off by half of the width of the edge stock. Look in the owner's manual for Porter-Cable 557 Plate Joiner (available online) for more info. It tells you how to test whether your biscuit joiner is set for the proper depth. It gives you the dimensions of the four most-common biscuit sizes (though the "Approx Slot" for size 0 looks wrong: it should be greater than the biscuit length). Some of this may be available in your owner's manual, or online. There are no ideas for jigs. Still, for the price it summarizes the basic techniques in 5 pages, and includes reasonable photos.

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