I don't expect to use these more than a few times a year so I really don't
want to spend $150 on them. Yet I realize that the stuff at Harbor Freight
won't give reliable results.
What are good compromises between quality and price? I don't care if they
take a little longer to set up or adjust, but they have to give solid
I don't really think you can cut too much on the biscuit jointer as you get
what you pay for. I had a Skill and didn't think that liked using biscuit
jointers. Then, I used a friends Makita and it was a world of difference.
I own one now and use biscuits as much as possible. You might try the Stots
dovetail master regarding your dovetail problem. I had one and it gave
great joints, however making the jigs was time consuming. It's reasonabaly
priced and you might want to consider it.
You make them once from the template that you purchase. They are made of
3/4 material and fairly stout- I used BORG type shelving material. The
downside is that it takes time to set it up, the up side is that the jigs
are quite handy once done and can be used in a vice like the traditional
sence or on a router table. I recommend using a bandsaw to take out the
majority of the material you are using for the template part of the jig
becuase you can wear out a bit pretty quick routing out the amount of mdf
that is necessary. It does make nice joints when finally made and
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