Today I’m showing you my TOP 10 biscuit joiner tips and tricks. A biscuit joiner is also known as a biscuit jointer, plate joiner or plate jointer… probably among other things. I call it a biscuit jointer, no idea why. Anyway, here’s some tips for you!
Watch the full tips video here!
What is a biscuit joiner?
A biscuit joiner also gets known as a biscuit jointer, plate jointer or plate joiner. It’s a fantastic piece of kit for any woodworking shop as it can be used to join two pieces of wood together in many different ways. The biscuit joiner cuts a small slot in the wood and you use a wooden ‘biscuit’ in the slot to create the joint. I like to use Titebond II woodglue for this but you can use whatever wood glue you like.
What is a biscuit joint?
A biscuit joint is a joint created using wooden biscuits glued in to slots created by a biscuit jointer!
Top 10 Biscuit Joiner Tips
Here are my personal top 10 tips for using a biscuit joiner -- watch the video and this will make a lot more sense:
- Use dust extraction if at all possible
- Mark your face cuts so you don’t mix them up with edge cuts
- Mark your reference edges
- Keep hands away from path of blade
- Use the biscuit joiner as the alignment edge
- I mainly use #20 biscuits -- make sure you have plenty of those!
- I generally use around 200mm (approx. 8″) spacing between biscuits
- The height adjustment is only for if you’re using the fence
- Clamp once, cut twice
- Dust port hack for the DW682
Product Links to Stuff I Use
If you’re looking to get in to biscuit joinery here are some product links to biscuit joinery stuff on Amazon:
- DeWalt DW682K Biscuit Joiner -- UK or US
- Titebond II Premium Wood Glue -- UK or US
- Trend No. 20 Biscuits (1000 x) -- UK or US
- Trend No. 10 Biscuits (100 x) -- UK or US
This video is part of the Gosforth Handyman Tips Library -- video GHTL#22. I’ve just said that so it comes up in search!