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Wood Joinery: Biscuit and Pocket-Hole Technology

As craftsmen build furniture and cabinets the issue of joinery methods hangs within the heads of numerous professionals - every one of them striving to offer the perfect joint. For strength, durability, and speed, there are numerous techniques Pocketpussytoy of wood joinery to select from. The most popular methods of biscuit, or plate joinery, and pocket-hole joinery provide powerfully strong joints in easy and reliable processes. Each technique provides their own 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 items of wood. Biscuits are pre-cut, oval-shaped pieces of compressed wood that range in proportions from 1/2in to 2-1/4in long. Additionally, there are biscuits for sale in plastic, aluminum, and steel for special applications, generally however, wood biscuits would be the most prominently used. Biscuits (dabbed with glue) are inserted into specially cut slots in the wood which are shaped identically for the biscuit, the 2 bits of wood are clamped together to create, and thus form a solid, durable joint. The biscuits also tend to soak up the glue placed on them before insertion which in turn causes these to swell and make the joint tighter, and stronger. Porter Cable, DEWALT, and Makita each offer high quality plate joiners with unique, and individual features to aid suit your needs, and create your joints better.

Porter Cable offers a Deluxe Plate Joiner Kit having a powerful 7.5 amps and 10,000 rpm. This joiner has numerous features that simplify the joining process, including: a definative micro height-adjustment knob to help keep biscuits exactly centered, plus a 1in O.D. (outer diameter) dust port that works well with standard bags or can simply hook up to vacuum pressure. The DW682K has a fence tilt of 0 to135 degrees using a positive adjustable visit 90 degrees; and, for increased cutting control and stability, the bale handle is attached to the fence instead of the motor. The joiner also has a lock-on trigger for continual use plus a supremely accurate (at any angle) hight scale to exactly measure positions. Porter Cable's plate joiner has seven-position rotating depth stop to 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 travel case for portability and convenience.

DEWALT supplies a similar Heavy-Duty Plate Joiner with 6.5 amps with no load speed of 10,000 rpm; tough enough to see perhaps the hardest wood. The DW682K provides a dual rack and pinion system that ensures the blade and fence are always parallel which are more accurate joints - each and every time. Usually the one piece fence can also be adjustable using a 0-90 degree tilt, and, at zero degrees, a flush cut can be created without removing the fence. Additionally, the fence has a locating notch at 45 degrees that allows indexing off the outside the surface of a mitered joint: put simply, fences features 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 right down to work surfaces for stationary work - and has retractable, anti-slip pins to aid hold your work in position, and preset depth stops for those common biscuit sizes. DEWALT's joiner kit has a carbide blade, dust bag, a vacuum cleaner adapter, Torx key, wrench, plus a heavy-duty kit box for security. The DW682K includes DEWALT's one year free service contract, plus a three year limited warranty.

Makita now offers an excellent 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 really make the tight, and lasting joints craftsmen expect from biscuit joinery. Makita's joiner has a one-touch 6 depth setting that enables for immediate depth change when working, and accommodates most frequent biscuit sizes. Makita's 3901 also includes a shaft lock for fast, simple blade changes, and easy to function cam locks for added security. Having a cast aluminum pivot fence with positive stops at 0, 45, and 90 degrees the joiner is usually accurate and precise, and is made to quickly and simply make durable and strong plate joints. The tool has 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 practical. Makita's 3901 plate joiner carries 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 just more than a foot long and weighs 6.2 lbs.

Pocket-hole technology involves drilling an angled hole into one workpiece and joining it to a new with a self-tapping screw. This technique eliminates tedious drilling applications, and provides a fast, strong joint when the screw acts 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 one having interchangeable drill guide blocks that may shift between benchtop and portable bases. The tool comes with an easy accessibility, spring-loaded, front-side clamp that eliminates reaching around big panels to get at your toggle clamps; it keeps everything within arms reach to help you maintain speed and less effort at work.

Kreg supplies a three-hole drill guide having a hardened steel core that can help you perfectly place pocket holes even just in many different widths and thicknesses. This steel core also protects bits by maintaining them completely covered, and supports work pieces through the entire drilling process. Fraxel treatments reduces bit deflection and tear-out, and supplies a clear, smooth, and pluggable pocket-hole. Kreg's jig also has a fabric support stop that can be set at any distance from the jig enabling you to repeat the same pocket-hole numerous times. This stop may also swing or flip out of the way to act also being 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 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 increasing the life of your drill bits. Using 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 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 in your joints. Both biscuit joinery, and pocket-hole joinery offer simple and strong methods to achieving the perfect woodworking joint.
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