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Wood Joinery: Biscuit and Pocket-Hole Technology

As craftsmen build furniture and cabinets the question of joinery methods hangs within the heads of several professionals - all of them striving to offer the perfect joint. For strength, durability, and speed, there are lots of techniques of wood joinery to pick from. The popular methods of biscuit, or plate joinery, and pocket-hole joinery provide powerfully strong joints in easy and reliable processes. Each technique provides their very own set of features to make your joints better.

Biscuit or plate joinery involves the insertion of a biscuit into an oval, or crescent shaped slot which is reduce opposite edges of two pieces of wood. Biscuits are pre-cut, oval-shaped items of compressed wood that range in size from 1/2in to 2-1/4in in length. There are also biscuits obtainable in plastic, aluminum, and steel for special applications, generally however, wood biscuits will be the most prominently used. Biscuits (dabbed with glue) are inserted into specially cut slots inside the wood which are shaped identically to the biscuit, the two bits of wood are clamped together setting, and thus form a strong, durable joint. The biscuits also tend to take in the glue placed on them before insertion which causes them to swell to make the joint tighter, and stronger. Porter Cable, DEWALT, and Makita each offer good quality plate joiners with unique, and individual features to assist meet your needs, and make your joints better.

Porter Cable supplies a Deluxe Plate Joiner Kit using a powerful 7.5 amps and 10,000 rpm. This joiner has numerous features that simplify the joining process, including: an exact micro height-adjustment knob to keep biscuits exactly centered, and a 1in O.D. (outer diameter) dust port that actually works with standard bags or can easily hook up to vacuum pressure. The DW682K has a fence tilt of 0 to135 degrees having a positive adjustable stop at 90 degrees; and, for increased cutting control and stability, the bale handle is coupled to the fence as opposed to the motor. The joiner even offers a lock-on trigger for continual use along with a supremely accurate (at any angle) hight scale to precisely measure positions. Porter Cable's plate joiner has seven-position rotating depth pause and accommodate a variety of biscuit sizes and depths, and a spindle lock mechanism for easy blade changes. For traditional and face-frame biscuits, Porter Cable's Deluxe Plate Joiner Kit includes both 2in and 4in diameter blades. The kit comes with a centering plate, dust bag, a chip deflector, allen wrench, along with a carrying case for portability and convenience.

DEWALT supplies a similar Heavy-Duty Plate Joiner with 6.5 amps and no load speed of 10,000 rpm; tough enough to see even the hardest wood. The DW682K provides a dual rack and pinion system that ensures the blade and fence are always parallel for accurate joints - each time. Usually the one piece fence is also adjustable using a 0-90 degree tilt, and, at zero degrees, a flush cut can be produced without taking out the fence. Additionally, a fence includes a locating notch at 45 degrees that enables indexing from the outside the surface of a mitered joint: put simply, the fence features a positive lock at 45 degrees and also hardwearing . joints always accurate. The joiner, having a no mar, heavy-duty aluminum shoe, can be clamped right down to work surfaces for stationary work - and it has retractable, anti-slip pins to help hold your projects in position, and preset depth stops for many common biscuit sizes. DEWALT's joiner kit has a carbide blade, dust bag, a vacuum adapter, Torx key, wrench, plus a heavy-duty kit box for security. The DW682K is sold with DEWALT's 12 months free service contract, and a three year limited warranty.

Makita offers a fantastic option in biscuit joinery. Their 3901 plate joiner runs using 5.6 amps, with a no load speed of 10,000 rpm. Although with slightly less amps, the tool is strong enough to help make the tight, and lasting joints craftsmen expect from biscuit joinery. Makita's joiner includes a one-touch 6 depth setting that enables for immediate depth change when working, and accommodates most typical biscuit sizes. Makita's 3901 also features a shaft lock for fast, simple blade changes, and straightforward to function cam locks for added security. With a cast aluminum pivot fence with positive stops at 0, 45, and 90 degrees the joiner is usually accurate and precise, and is designed to quickly and just make resilient and strong plate joints. The tool features a maximum cut depth of 25/32in, a sizable top grip handle, no mar rubber strip insert, and it is double insulated for more security/safety at work. Makita's 3901 plate joiner features a carbide tipped blade (4in across), an angle guide, dust bag, lock nut wrench, set plate, inner flange, lock nut, plus a plastic tool case for convenience and portability. The tool is simply on the foot long and weighs 6.2 lbs.

Pocket-hole technology involves drilling an angled hole into one workpiece and joining it to another using a self-tapping screw. This process eliminates tedious drilling applications, and offers a quick, strong joint in which the screw behaves as a permanent internal clamp pulling and holding two workpieces together. Kreg provides a Jig Master System specifically designed for pocket-hole joinery. The K3MS is effectively two tools in a having interchangeable drill guide blocks that will shift between benchtop and portable bases. The tool has an easy accessibility, spring-loaded, Pocketpussytoy front-side clamp that eliminates reaching around big panels to get at your toggle clamps; it keeps everything within arms reach so you can maintain speed and less effort on the job.

Kreg offers a three-hole drill guide having a hardened steel core that can help your unique needs place pocket holes during a number of widths and thicknesses. This steel core also protects bits by maintaining them completely covered, and supports work pieces through the entire entire drilling process. This technology reduces bit deflection and tear-out, and provides a clear, smooth, and pluggable pocket-hole. Kreg's jig also has a cloth support stop that may be set at any distance from the jig making it possible to repeat exactly the same pocket-hole numerous times. This stop also can swing or flip dealt with to act also as a height support for big panels. Additionally, Kreg utilizes an optimized drilling angle specifically configured to improve driving efficiency and reduce the pocket-hole's overall size to less than 1-1/2in. A wood-chip relief system -which contains one wood-chip relief hole per every drill guide hole - keeps messy debris from your drill bits and reduces drill torque output, thus enhancing the duration of your drill bits. Using this system you may create an smooth pocket-hole in a plunge. Kreg jigs are designed having an unique composite material that's flexible, resilient and also strong and durable; each jig is also built in-part with heavy-duty glass-reinforced nylon that maintains its strength and longevity.

Each one of these joinery options is different and supplies professional results and professional strength for your joints. Both biscuit joinery, and pocket-hole joinery offer simple and strong answers to having this perfect woodworking joint.
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