I live the Philippines, where the biscuit cutter is not a very popular
woodworking tool. (You can't buy it from True Value even if you wanted to.)
I think it's a useful item to have around the shop and i might be able to
get one on my trip to the US. I was wondering if there was an easy way of
manufacturing the biscuits in the event my supply runs out.
Short answer is no. The biscuits are precisely sized compressed beech. They
shouldn't be all that difficult to order as hundreds of them are light, not
"When you appeal to force, there's one thing you must never do - lose." Dwight
Precsion made/compressed, not something you can cobble together at
home Idea is that when you apply water based glue, the biscuits not
only glue into place, but they SWELL and lock the joint into place
I buy in BULK, then store in the vacumn packages/bag like the
FoodSaver brand. Break up into something like quart sized amounts,
and package. When you open a package, move to a quart sized Ball jar
Humidity is the enemy here, will cause the biscuits to swell and no
longer fit in the precut slots.
On 16 Jul 2004 10:20:38 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Charlie Self)
Possible? Sure, anything's possible.
Easy? Pragmatic? No. They're manufactured to some pretty tight tolerances.
They're compressed and supposed to expand when wetted with glue. I think
you'd spend a month of Sundays crafting a handful of them.
I'm guessing you haven't had much luck finding someone that'll ship them
there? If not, then I'd load up on bags of them - Rockler sells big bags.
Ask around to see if you can find some other woodworkers there to spread the
I'll bet if you load up on them - you'll find the inherent humidity swells
them and makes them difficult to use over time. But, it's pretty easy to
restore them back to their original thickness - I put about 20-24 of them in
my microwave for three 20 second blasts. Then let them cool for a few
minutes and into a ziplock storage bag.
I'll bet you could slide the cutter sideways to make a slot and use a short,
very dry, softwood spline. Let the grain go across the joint.
This should be easier than on a TS. If you don't mind the dust, a router
will do it, but it's a little dangerous. I have one of the old C'man
biscuit cutting adapter for a router, about $10, I think, works fine, covers
the cutter completely.
On Fri, 16 Jul 2004 16:12:55 +0800, "Rommel Tiongco"
I'm not certain, but isn't the voltage in the Philippines different to
the USA? (USA has 110V outlets.) If you're 240V, you'll have to get
it from somewhere like my island - Australia.
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