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Very basic, some problems
Biscuit Joinery Basics - Downloadable Technique
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:
2. End-to-Edge and Mitered Biscuit
3. Double-biscuit joinery (additional strength in thicker stock)
4. Face Miters
5. Offset Joinery
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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