This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
From: email@example.com (Leo Hejza)
Date: 18 Jun 90 15:43:30 GMT
In article <2922@mtung.ATT.COM> rgb@mtung.ATT.COM (Rich Bantel) writes:
>In article <1990Jun14.firstname.lastname@example.org> leo@tandem (Leo Hejza) writes:
>>The Biscuit joiner Norm uses is an Elu. Its a brand of tools imported
>>by Black and Decker. Be forewarned this thing is expensive, about
>>$340. So why choose it over other, cheaper brands? It is not only a
>>biscuit jointer but a spliner. In addition to cutting semicircular
>>slots for biscuits it can cut continuous slots for spline material
>>made of the same stuff as the biscuits. Very handy for certain kinds of
>What makes the Elu able to cut a continuous slot? Can't you plunge the
>cut with the Freud/PC and then slide the machine along?
I suppose you can do this but as far as I know there is no way to lock the
blade in the plunged position. ALso the handles on the Freud and PC biscuit
jointer are at right angles to the work surface. Perfect orientation for
cutting slots but probably not comfortable for sliding the cutter down
the length of a joint. The ELU rotates its blade into the work in an arc
like the adjustment on a portable circular saw. Also the motor is more or
less parallel to the jount and acts as the handle for the unit. It feels
similar to holding a Dremel tool in size.
I'll agree the price is high but the tool has a NICE feel to it. There is
a book out on buscuit jointers now. Patrick Spielman is the author I
think. Good reference on care, feeding and use of a number of machines.