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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 numerous professionals - all of them striving to achieve the perfect joint. For strength, durability, and speed, there are lots of techniques of wood joinery to select from. The most popular ways of biscuit, or plate joinery, and pocket-hole joinery provide powerfully strong joints in simple and reliable processes. Each technique provides their particular group of features to make your joints better.

Biscuit or plate joinery requires the insertion of the biscuit into an oval, or crescent shaped slot that 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 long. Additionally, there are biscuits available in plastic, aluminum, and steel for special applications, generally however, wood biscuits are the most prominently used. Biscuits (dabbed with glue) are inserted into specially cut slots within the wood which can be shaped identically towards the biscuit, the 2 pieces of wood are clamped together setting, and so form a solid, durable joint. The biscuits also have a tendency to soak up the glue placed on them before insertion which in turn 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 offers 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 help keep biscuits exactly centered, plus a 1in O.D. (outer diameter) dust port that actually works with standard bags or can simply hook up with vacuum pressure. The DW682K includes 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 even offers a lock-on trigger for continual use and a supremely accurate (at any angle) hight scale to precisely measure greetings (Suggested Browsing) positions. Porter Cable's plate joiner has seven-position rotating depth pause and accommodate a number of biscuit sizes and depths, plus a spindle lock mechanism for simple blade changes. For normal and face-frame biscuits, Porter Cable's Deluxe Plate Joiner Kit includes both 2in and 4in diameter blades. The kit includes a centering plate, dust bag, a chip deflector, allen wrench, plus a carrying case for portability and convenience.

DEWALT offers a similar Heavy-Duty Plate Joiner with 6.5 amps and no load speed of 10,000 rpm; tough enough to exercise the hardest wood. The DW682K supplies a dual rack and pinion system that ensures the blade and fence will almost always be parallel for accurate joints - each time. The one piece fence can also be adjustable using a 0-90 degree tilt, and, at zero degrees, a flush cut can be made without taking out the fence. Additionally, a fence includes a locating notch at 45 degrees which allows indexing off the outside the top of a mitered joint: quite simply, a fence has a positive lock at 45 degrees and also hardwearing . joints always accurate. The joiner, using a no mar, heavy-duty aluminum shoe, can be clamped down to worktops for stationary work - and has retractable, anti-slip pins to assist hold your work in position, and preset depth stops for those common biscuit sizes. DEWALT's joiner kit includes a carbide blade, dust bag, a vacuum adapter, Torx key, wrench, and a heavy-duty kit box for security. The DW682K includes DEWALT's twelve months free service contract, and a three year limited warranty.

Makita offers an excellent option in biscuit joinery. Their 3901 plate joiner operates on 5.6 amps, with a no load speed of 10,000 rpm. However with slightly less amps, the tool is robust enough to help make the tight, and lasting joints craftsmen expect from biscuit joinery. Makita's joiner features a one-touch 6 depth setting that enables for immediate depth change when working, and accommodates most common biscuit sizes. Makita's 3901 also incorporates a shaft lock for fast, simple blade changes, and simple to use cam locks for added 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 designed to quickly and just make durable 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 further security/safety at work. Makita's 3901 plate joiner features a carbide tipped blade (4in in diameter), an angle guide, dust bag, lock nut wrench, set plate, inner flange, lock nut, along with 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 method eliminates tedious drilling applications, and supplies a quick, strong joint when the screw acts as a permanent internal clamp pulling and holding two workpieces together. Kreg provides a Jig Master System created specifically for pocket-hole joinery. The K3MS is effectively two tools in a single having interchangeable drill guide blocks that will shift between benchtop and portable bases. The tool has an quick access, spring-loaded, front-side clamp that eliminates reaching around big panels to get to your toggle clamps; it keeps everything within arms reach to help you maintain speed and more easily practical.

Kreg supplies a three-hole drill guide using a hardened steel core that can help your unique needs place pocket holes during many different widths and thicknesses. This steel core also protects bits by maintaining them completely covered, and supports work pieces through the entire entire drilling process. Fractional treatments reduces bit deflection and tear-out, and supplies a clean, smooth, and pluggable pocket-hole. Kreg's jig also offers a fabric support stop which can be set at any distance from your jig making it possible to repeat exactly the same pocket-hole numerous times. This stop also can swing or flip taken care of to act also like a height support for big panels. Additionally, Kreg utilizes an optimized drilling angle specifically configured to enhance driving efficiency and reduce the pocket-hole's overall size to less 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 your drill bits and reduces drill torque output, thus increasing the lifetime of your drill bits. With this system you may create an smooth pocket-hole in one plunge. Kreg jigs are designed with an unique composite material that is flexible, resilient and in addition durable and strong; each jig can also be built in-part with heavy-duty glass-reinforced nylon that maintains its strength and longevity.

Each one of these joinery options is exclusive and supplies professional results and professional strength to your joints. Both biscuit joinery, and pocket-hole joinery offer basic and strong methods to achieving the perfect woodworking joint.
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