On Wed 31 Dec 2003 02:39:05p, firstname.lastname@example.org (g) wrote in
Great article! That one's in my woodworking folder. :-)
I'll also add two things:
1. SWMBO wanted a shelf in the nightstand door, placed at the right height
so she could reach it easily from the bed. We found the height and I marked
a straight line, put the shelf on it and marked for three biscuits. Removed
the shelf, cut the slots in the shelf board, flattened the fence, carefully
cut the slots in the door. Glued fence, clamped with caul. Everything
aligned perfect. Rock solid joint, no screws. Love that biscuit cutter.
2. I remember a thread here from about a year or so ago where somebody was
asking how he got dips in the table top, and they all seemed to be right
where the biscuits were. Couldn't prove it conclusively but it looked like
he'd sanded the top too soon after glueing. I think he sanded about twelve
hours after the glueup and the biscuits were still swollen from the glue.
The next day they returned to normal size, and since the table top was flat
before they shrank, it caused the dips. I usually wait at least 24 hours
before finishing those panels but now I have more incentive. :-)
Nobody's yet mentioned biscuit slot orientation whe it comes
to edge-on panel glueups---drop the slot location slightly
lower than center to preclude "telegraphing" the biscuit's
location. Wait a couple days before final sanding the surface.
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