-> How are biscut joint slots cut?-> For joining two pieces of MDF at 90 degrees should biscut joints or
dowel pins be used?
-> How are rabbet joints cut? (I assume a router table is required)
With a Plate Joiner. Some get away with a slot cutter bit on a router
although this dill not work every where that a Plate Joiner will.
I would go with Biscuits. Dowels are harder to align properly and the
thickness of the material between the surface of the MDF and the hole for
the dowel is thinner than if a slot is cut for a biscuit. The material
would probably be weaker as a result.
With a router and rabbet bit or a table saw with a dado blade. You do not
necessarily need a router table to cut the rabbit with a router. It would
probably be easier holding the router.
On 3 Jul 2004 22:07:15 -0700, email@example.com (Adam) calmly ranted:
Usually with a biscuit joiner. (Note the correct spelling.)
With routers, table saws (dado head), chisels, rabbet planes,
fillister planes, etc.
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With a biscuit joiner, sometimes sold as a "plate joiner".
Since you had ask about how the slots are cut, it's reasonable to assume
that you don't have a biscuit joiner. If you're doing this once then go
with the dowels (you might want to get a set of "dowel points", which help
in aligning the holes), if you're going to be doing a lot of it or are
looking for an excuse to buy a tool then spring for the biscuit joiner.
There are numerous options--router in table, hand-held router with rabbeting
bit, table saw, radial arm saw, jointer, rabbet plane, even chisel if
you're patient and careful.
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