I'm not a furniture builder, but a weekend hobbyist that does mostly
"rough" woodworking. I have a tendency though when I buy tools to buy
the best. I just bought a $225 PC biscuit joiner. I've been thinking
that maybe the Ryobi $100 biscuit joiner would suit my infrequent
needs. I do build some cabinets and in the future I'm thinking about
building my kitchen cabinents, but then I'm still not sure I should
have gotten the high-end tool. Or maybe I just feel bad for spending
that much money? Sigh.
Let me pass along the advice my Dad left me. "Son, always buy the best, and
most expensive, tools you can find. Because if you don't, you'll probably
get a bad product and your wife will buy the most expensive jewelry with the
money you leave behind."
I bought a PC biscuit joiner. I didn't like it and sold it a couple
years later. For me, the model I had just couldn't keep the fence
parallel to the cutter. Beyond that, it was a well made machine.
Besides, I like mortise & tenon and edge gluing sans anything,
biscuits or otherwise works out fine for me.
On Jun 2, 3:56 pm, "Dave in Houston" wrote: > > have gotten the high-
end tool. Or maybe I just feel bad for spending > > that much money?
Sigh. > $700-800 Festool or a $700-800 Lamello. > > Dave in Houston
I bought one from HFT for $30 or so - or maybe it was from one of thse
traveling tool sale things.
Its basically a 4.5: grinder with a biscuit tool thing out of plastic.
In theory, it does the job. In practice, I find it cuts a wider slot
than the Porter Cable biscuits and can take two of the cheap biscuits
that came with it. Hence, it does not help with the alignment of the
piece as I'd hoped.
Not sure if the blade has too large a kerf or the blade is eccentric
and wobbles. I am looking for a replacement blade with a thinner kerf.
One of these days I may buy a higher-end machine and try it - but for
now (and the past five years or so) I'll make do. (Or doo doo)
Au contraire ... you did good!
You've already gotten over the biggest hurdle - you will no longer have the
frustration of attempting to do even the most mundane of tasks with sub par
Instead, you can now consider the extra bucks as an investment in the future
satisfaction of jobs well done ... jobs that will allow you to relax, sit
back, have a brew, and contemplate what you accomplished at the end of each
What Swing said.
Plus, you won't ever have to worry if the tool fails as to if you
might have screwed yourself "going on the cheap". A machine doesn't
look like much of an intelligent buy not matter what the reasoning
when it fails early on.
And since they have a tendency to do that when you really need
them.... something to consider. My PC biscuit machine has been
happily chewing out slots for a few years now, and since I put it back
in its blow mold steamer trunk after every session, it still looks and
works like new.
Ah, Swingman I think you get it.
When I did my quality preach, the most prevelant of my soapbox rants,
I used to remind my colleagues "we do not make and sell machinery, we
make and sell "satisfaction".
If it makes you feel better, I bought a PC 556 Plate Joiner in 1989 and
replaced it with a much better PC557 Type I as soon as they were available.
That model was a vast improvement over anything on the market "in that price
range". One year ago I upgraded leaps and bounds to the Festool Domino.
I must be in that kind of mood today.
And if a spaceship were to land carring some exotic tools requiring
batteries from another planet, Leon would buy it!
Cuz, naturally, it is the next evolutionary step up from the Festool.
I'm thinking of attaching a pair of Festool MFK 700 Modular Routers to
an ultra-light air craft.
Waitasec.. I NEED a pair for my business.
I wonder if it would be less expensive to go to Germany, find a job, make
some money, buy all the Festools I want, and bring'up back home.
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