I am going to build a corner computer desk for my den and am wondering what
anyone would think about pocket hole construction verses using biscuits in
joining the panels and other various cross-braces, etc. Any thoughts pro
or con would be helpful as I have not used either technique before.
On Wed, 12 Nov 2003 11:53:26 -0700, "James Ruetenik"
Pocket hole joints are very strong for joining panels on edge. It's
hard to beat tenon and mortise when you need to fasten legs to aprons.
The pocket hole joints leave ugly oval holes, but if they are hidden
that's okay. I'd use pocket hole joinery if I had the expensive jig
and proper screws to go with it.
If you own a biscuit jointer, use biscuits. If you own a pocket-hole
jig, use pocket holes.
If you own neither and intend to get just one. I'd go for the biscuit
eater, but that's my opinion. I don't like the ugly holes that the
pocket-hole technique leaves. In almost all cases, biscuits are hidden
Some folks say that an advantage of pocket-hole joinery is that you can
take the piece apart. But biscuits come in interlocking halves that
allow disassembly. I've never used them, but I find the elegance of the
concept pretty neat.
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