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Old 12-17-2007, 09:22 PM   #1
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Hi guys, how hard is it to use a bisquit joiner. Need to know before I purchase one. Thanks to all

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Old 12-17-2007, 10:01 PM   #2
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Biscuit joiners are quite easy to use. For goos adjustability get a good one. I own and like my PC, but many others like DeWalt

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Old 12-17-2007, 11:22 PM   #3
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There really isn't much to it... just a spring loaded blade that plunges in to make the slot. I've never changed the angle on mine. When installing the biscuits I always completely coat them with glue- since the glue causes them to expand slightly. (biscuits are pressed and expand when wetted) So that would be one suggestion to keep in mind as you work with them.
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Not hard at all...and that is one of the few tools in the shop that I would NOT be with out. I have and like my Dewalt...decent adjustable fence. Depending on what your needs are though...there could be better alternative methods of fastening that supersede the biscuit.
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Very easy to use, and a highly recommended tool in a "finished carpentry" arsenal.
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Easy to use, but buy a nice one. I love my PC.
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Luv em, easier to use than drinkin a coffacuppy. I have both the Dewalt and the PC. For overall use I would reccomend the PC 557, it will do everything the DW does plus it has a smaller blade that you can do faceframes with, well worth the couple dollars difference.
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Just know that if you are joining boards with a biscuit joiner it helps to pass them threw a joiner first (or at the very least a table saw with fence perfectly squared). Without flat, square surfaces you'll see a gap or the boards will join at a slight angle. Also...if you are finishing with it also know that the holes cut by the biscuit jointer, even though filled with a biscuit and glue, could cause the surface to sag a little. Easy sanding fix, but fyi.
And the porter cable biscuit jointer does rock my face...you can pick up one at the cheap-o tool shop if you're not doing crazy angles...All it is an angle grinder with a tiny circular sawblade.

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Old 12-18-2007, 07:51 PM   #9
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Thanks alot guys, I picked one up today and started on my 6 radiator covers. This tool is awesome!
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Old 12-18-2007, 09:40 PM   #10
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Good news which one?
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Old 12-19-2007, 08:30 AM   #11
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I must agree that biscuit joiners are very easy to use. I use my pc on small projects like picture frames and on big ones like entertainment centers and a mantle I built. I show how I used it on some recycled pine to make a picture frame. I use to build the frame with just glue and nails, now they are much stronger.

Hope this gives you some ideas to build other projects using the b joiner.
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I recently received a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig and for making large frames for any project it is awesome!!! Just as easy as bisquit joining...maybe even easier...
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ROFLMAO Welcome to woodworking!!!!!!!!!! Kreg now has an assembly table/jig for pockethole frames :}:}:}
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Old 12-19-2007, 02:02 PM   #14
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woodworking is carpentry too...

I would love to own that table, but I can barely fit in my car and a half sized shop...kreg makes awesome table saw fences tool.

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