This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ron)
Date: 25 Apr 92 16:52:48 GMT
> You can make biscuit joinery slots with a router and slot-cutting bit.
The joy of using a real plate jointer is that there is a nice index
mark on the joiner. To join things, you just mark accross the two
pieces to be joined and then line those marks up with the plate joiner
front. Thus the slot is perfectly aligned. It would be much more
difficult to do with a router. Also, it would be immensley difficult
to do mitres with a router and slot cutter.
I bought a Porter Cable. It's a bit bulkier than a lot of the ones
one the market, but certainly usuable. Using the plate jointer was
so easy comapred to other options (splines, dowels, tenons...) that
it seemed almost like cheating. The Porter Cable also comes with a
steel carrying case for about $160.