I just purchased the Dewalt biscuit joiner and now I am looking for
What do you all recommend? I have read mixed reviews on the PC
biscuits. Should I buy biscuits in bulk or do they swell over time?
Your input would be very much appreciated.
I bought PC biscuits for my DeWalt plate jointer. 2000 assorted biscuits
of three types. They come in plastic bags in a cardboard box. As I opened
the bags, the unused portions go in a largish plastic, former peanut butter
jar. I've used maybe 1200 of those biscuits over the last five or six
years, and they are still just fine.
BTW, don't buy the FF size biscuits for your DeWalt. They don't fit the
DeWalt cutter size.
Not to turn it around but what qualities are there to look for other
than premature swelling, consistent thickness and no chipping or
breaking? Can I expect these qualities from all brands? I don't want
to over analyze this so I was hoping there might be some favourite
reliable brands out there as I am new to this type of joinery.
BTW, the first biscuits I purchase was a small plastic 'tin' of PC FF
biscuits because I need to glue on a face frame (5/8 x 5/8 x-sect).
Damn! Are you sure they won't work with it? I was wondering myself as
the predetermined depth stops only go as shallow as to fit a 0 biscuit.
The PC FF biscuits are quite a bit smaller than a #0 biscuit. I have a PC
biscuit joiner, and use the FF biscuits frequently. There is a separate
depth setting for FF biscuits **and** a different (smaller) blade.
Bottom line: trying to cut slots for FF biscuits with a machine that wasn't
intended for that use will not be a successful endeavor.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
I can second the Lamello brand. Very good quality, even, strong, hardwood -- I
keep mine in a 2 gallon bucket with a very tight lid and they are still as good
as new after 4-5 years! (I was out of the wood-shop for over 2 1/2 years with a
Only other brand I've used was BIX and they're crap by comparison; limp pine,
weak, uneven, swell up ... ended up giving virtually a full box away.
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I have used nothing but PC biscuits; but just recently I had trouble with
them not fitting properly on miter joints, probably because I couldn't get
enough clamping pressure to force them.
I measured 100 of them and found they varied a whole lot more then I would
think proper. By using the smallest ones my miter joints were fine.
(afterwards I deepened the slot a hair, just to be on the safe side)
I am going to Lamello next time.
BTW, PC are not compressed; they claim it doesn't matter. As far as I
know, all others are.
I've had luck shrinking PC biscuits by heating them in the microwave.
I toss the swollen biscuits in a Ziploc, and when I have a bunch, I
spread them out on a glass plate and microwave 'till hot. When they
cool off, they've usually shrunken.
I bought biscuits in bulk and keep them in an open top plastic
container (actually a storage drawer) with a couple of desiccants I
took from the box of a new pair of shoes. They've been in the
container for over a year and a half now, and haven't swelled at all.
I must admit i've no idea what sort they are, but I'll have a look when
I get home to see if I can find out.
I think as long as it's not too humid a condition they should be fine.
I've seen the same reviews but haven't had much trouble with the PC
biscuits myself. I've used biscuits from DeWalt, PC, Lamello, &
Wolcraft. It's not unusual to throw a few out during the dry fit
stage, maybe PC is worse in this regard than the others. Are the PC
brand biscuits even available any more? At any rate none have
impressed me one way or the other as worth seeking out or staying away
I always buy a few hundred to maybe 500 at a time. As long as you keep
them in an airtight container shelf life won't be a problem. Actually,
I've been reusing the same old original PC plastic bottles for biscuit
storage that I bought maybe 7 or 8 years ago.
Often wrong, never in doubt.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore, Maryland - firstname.lastname@example.org
Okay. So from the gist of the replies, it really doesn't matter who
supplies them, PC biscuits are not too bad but Lamello is the best.
Thank you all for your input.
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