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Old 07-09-2012, 06:37 PM   #16
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For work piece edge alignment the MLCS Slot cutters will work fine, but Slot cutters will not provide the same strength joint as a convertional slot cutter

Another shortcoming is that there is no slot cutter for the #0 or #10 sizes.
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For work piece edge alignment the MLCS Slot cutters will work fine, but Slot cutters will not provide the same strength joint as a convertional slot cutter

Another shortcoming is that there is no slot cutter for the #0 or #10 sizes.
I'm not a big fan of biscuits so I don't use them very much. But, for fit, #0 uses a 1/8" (3mm) cutter and #10 uses a 5/32" (4mm) cutter. The length can be adjusted with the router travel. Granted, there is a little space inside the biscuit groove when the biscuit is inserted. About the only problem using biscuits with a router is trying to get them in the center of a panel, instead of an edge. I still submit that if making a choice between having a router and a biscuit joiner, the router is far more versatile.
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Centering a router on the edge of a part is made easier with this jig.
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=17847
Slots in the face of a panel are achieved with the aid of a straight edge offset by the router base diameter divided by 2. If the grove you cut is a little loose, use more glue.
Before biscuits were invented we would use a spline which is no more than a thin piece of plywood or lumber dado-ed into each part.
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Centering a router on the edge of a part is made easier with this jig.
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=17847
Slots in the face of a panel are achieved with the aid of a straight edge offset by the router base diameter divided by 2. If the grove you cut is a little loose, use more glue.
Before biscuits were invented we would use a spline which is no more than a thin piece of plywood or lumber dado-ed into each part.
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Hi Mike - Absolutely right. I suppose I would use my dado jig were I to ever do that. No more than I've used biscuits in the past, I don't really see it in my future.
I think what Mr Lavery was referring to as a bad "fit" is that the radius of the router slot cutters doesn't match the radius of the biscuits which, to me, is a non-issue.
The thing with the Rockler jig is you are limited to how closely you can get to the end of the stock before the guide pin falls off. There are workarounds (usually are) but one needs to be aware.
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Hi Mike - Absolutely right. I suppose I would use my dado jig were I to ever do that. No more than I've used biscuits in the past, I don't really see it in my future.
I think what Mr Lavery was referring to as a bad "fit" is that the radius of the router slot cutters doesn't match the radius of the biscuits which, to me, is a non-issue.
The thing with the Rockler jig is you are limited to how closely you can get to the end of the stock before the guide pin falls off. There are workarounds (usually are) but one needs to be aware.
All you have to do is clamp on an additional 6" as a temporary extension
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For anybody still thinking of a Biscuit Joiner
But rather than one in the $100 range
I would not be afraid to get one of these
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I love that place......look for the 20% off coupon in mags and plan your purchase.
Among other things, I bought a 4" grinder there 5 years ago for $19..........still works great and I've used the heck out of it.
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But rather than one in the $100 range
I would not be afraid to get one of these
"Tis a pleasure to listen to the masters" I'll be gettig an inexpensive biscuit-joiner around the 20th---That's when Unc-Sam sends the pension check. He better after 37 yrs of Sam service---Have a goodin'

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