This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
From: markv@hplsla.HP.COM (Mark Veatch)
Date: 15 Aug 90 22:43:25 GMT
> I would appreciate information on experience anyone has had
> regarding the usefulness of a *portable* biscuit joiner. My
> primary use would be for edge joinery of 1xn boards for
> cabinet sides. I find that using my doweling jig tends to be
> both time consuming and often results in minor variances in
> alignment (yes...even when I use my trusty Delta floor
> d/press w/ the jig). I've seen the Freud biscuit joiner
> for around $160 & Porter Cable for around $180 in
> is no longer a viable option for me :-( Any recommendations?
The latest (August or September) issue of Popular Mechanics has a review/
tutorial article about selecting and using portable biscuit joiners.
Both the Freud and P-C units are featured.
Also, I have a question relating to biscuit-joinery: Can the standard
wood biscuits be used to edge-join to particle board? (I.e. as in edge-
banding a piece of particle board with stock or moulding.) It seems to
me that the expansion of the biscuit might tend to crack and break out
the edge of the particle board. I have seen plastic (i.e. non-expanding)
biscuits; would these work OK?