Elmers Woodworking glue or Titebond Woodworking glue. These glues
are yellow in color. For best results clamp overnight. Don't expect
the glue (or any glue for that matter) to hold for end-to-end butt
A PVA long-grain edge joint w/ fitting edges will be stronger bond than
the wood itself (that is, the wood will break before the glue line fails
in the majority of cases). Dowels are of some use for alignment
purposes, but of very little necessity for strength.
However if you flex the resulting joined boards until "something"
breaks, the break will be right at the glue joint rather than a few
inches away from it. The glue may be stronger than the wood, but the
overall joint is not stronger. A biscuit or pegs would definitely
I've never use biscuts. A long time REAL woodwooker friend of mine ranted
and raved about them when they came out. At that time he said the machine
was real expensive. That was a bit ago. I suppose by now they are
You can get 'em for under a $100, although my DeWalt cost a bit more
I'd be hard pressed to locate my doweling jig and centers if I ever
came up with a reason to use a dowel for joining again.
With the biscuit joiner, alignment is done with a couple of free hand
pencil marks on the pieces to be joined. Butt joints, T-joints, even
45's can be done in a matter of a few short minutes.
You have to justify a tool? The only question should be "do we have the
money today?" If the answer is "yes" you buy the tool. If the answer is
"no", the second question is "when will we? How about next payday?"
My wife and I discuss major purchases, but we each have out hobbies and
spend what is available for them as we see fit. I can assure you she has not
saved enough money making clothing to justify her tools, same as I cannot
monetarily justify my tool costs with a ROI.
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