And jolly good they are, too.
Though the router solution works, a proper biscuit joiner isn't very
expensive and is far more versatile. For example, it's hard to put a
slot in the middle of a panel with the router.
I've got a Ferm machine and though there are ways in which it could be
better it's certainly good enough.
Plenty on eBay.
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
Better still, they keep the surfaces pretty much aligned but allow slight
movement lengthways. Good for fabricating larger panels from strips of
timber, also good for light duty corner joints when making carcass's.
As Skipweasel said, a proper jointer, even a cheapo is much easier than a
On a table is better, but is still a very poor relation to using the
correct tool. Firstly it is the wrong radius cutter, so you have to
elongate the cut by a variable amount to match the size of biscuit in
use, second you loose the speed and freedom of use that you get with the
handheld machine that allows you to sink biscuits very quickly -
especially on partially assembled work which would be trickey getting on
a router table.
Used freehand, the router cutters are a liability since it is sow easy
to spoil thw work with one careless movement that moves through the
cutter rather than round it (DAMHIK)!
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