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Wood Joinery: Biscuit and Pocket-Hole Technology

As craftsmen build furniture and cabinets the issue of joinery methods hangs over the heads of several professionals - each of them striving to offer the perfect joint. For strength, durability, and speed, there are many techniques of wood joinery to choose from. The favorite ways of biscuit, or plate joinery, and pocket-hole joinery provide powerfully strong joints in easy and reliable processes. Each technique provides their particular pair of features to create your joints better.

Biscuit or plate joinery necessitates 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 dimensions from 1/2in to 2-1/4in long. There's 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 in the wood which are shaped identically to the biscuit, both bits of wood are clamped together setting, and thus form a strong, durable joint. The biscuits also tend to soak up the glue applied to them before insertion which in turn causes them to swell and make the joint tighter, and stronger. Porter Cable, DEWALT, and Makita each offer good quality plate joiners with unique, and individual features to help meet your needs, and make your joints better.

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

DEWALT supplies a similar Heavy-Duty Plate Joiner with 6.5 amps no load speed of 10,000 rpm; tough enough to exercise even the hardest wood. The DW682K supplies a dual rack and pinion system that ensures the blade and fence will always be parallel which are more accurate joints - each and every time. Usually the one piece fence can be adjustable with a 0-90 degree tilt, and, at zero degrees, a flush cut can be produced without removing the fence. Additionally, the fence features a locating notch at 45 degrees that enables indexing off the outside the surface of a mitered joint: put simply, a fence features a positive lock at 45 degrees to maintain your joints always accurate. The joiner, creating a no mar, heavy-duty aluminum shoe, may be clamped as a result of worktops for stationary work - and it has retractable, anti-slip pins to aid hold your work in place, and preset depth stops for all common biscuit sizes. DEWALT's joiner kit has a carbide blade, dust bag, vacuum pressure adapter, Torx key, wrench, and a heavy-duty kit box for security. The DW682K is sold with DEWALT's 12 months free service contract, along with a three year limited warranty.

Makita also provides a great option in biscuit joinery. Their 3901 plate joiner runs using 5.6 amps, and with a no load speed of 10,000 rpm. Although with slightly less amps, the tool is strong enough to make the tight, and lasting joints craftsmen expect from biscuit joinery. Makita's joiner includes a one-touch 6 depth setting which allows for fast depth change when working, and accommodates most typical biscuit sizes. Makita's 3901 also features a shaft lock for fast, simple blade changes, and easy to operate cam locks for additional security. With a cast aluminum pivot fence with positive stops at 0, 45, and 90 degrees the joiner is always accurate and precise, and is also made to quickly and merely make strong and durable plate joints. The tool includes a maximum cut depth of 25/32in, a sizable top grip handle, no mar rubber strip insert, and is also double insulated for more security/safety on the job. 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 merely 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 having a self-tapping screw. This technique eliminates tedious drilling applications, and provides a quick, strong joint when the screw provides a permanent internal clamp pulling and holding two workpieces together. Kreg supplies a Jig Master System specifically made for pocket-hole joinery. The K3MS is effectively two tools in a having interchangeable drill guide blocks yours (Home Page) that may shift between benchtop and portable bases. The tool has an quick access, spring-loaded, front-side clamp that eliminates reaching around big panels to access your toggle clamps; it keeps everything within arms reach so that you can maintain speed and greater ease on the job.

Kreg supplies a three-hole drill guide using a hardened steel core that helps your unique needs place pocket holes even in a number of widths and thicknesses. This steel core also protects bits by keeping them completely covered, and supports work pieces through the entire drilling process. Fractional treatments reduces bit deflection and tear-out, and supplies a clean, smooth, and pluggable pocket-hole. Kreg's jig also has a material support stop that may be set at any distance in the jig helping you to repeat exactly the same pocket-hole numerous times. This stop also can swing or flip out of the way to behave also being a height support for giant panels. Additionally, Kreg utilizes an optimized drilling angle specifically configured to enhance driving efficiency and lower the pocket-hole's overall size to lower than 1-1/2in. A wood-chip relief system -which consists of one wood-chip relief hole per every drill guide hole - keeps messy debris from the drill bits and decreases drill torque output, thus helping the life of your drill bits. With this system you can create an smooth pocket-hole in one plunge. Kreg jigs are built having an unique composite material that's flexible, resilient as well as strong and durable; each jig is also built in-part with heavy-duty glass-reinforced nylon that maintains its strength and longevity.

Each of these joinery options is exclusive and provides professional results and professional strength in your joints. Both biscuit joinery, and pocket-hole joinery offer simple and strong methods to having this perfect woodworking joint.
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