This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
Date: 26 Apr 91 16:25:53 GMT
I will agree with Norm that a biscuit joiner is THE best way to go.
I have a couple of projects that I used Dowels to mate surfaces. They are
I have the biscuit joiner attachment for my Shopsmith, and it performs well.
It is table mounted and is not as flexible as a hand held model. (Read
sometimes difficult to properly align long boards, due to working space
I built a kitchen island that is ~3feet on a side. I used 6 inch boards
joined together with biscuits, and got a very strong lay up. Additionally,
the surface space of the biscuit is sufficient to allow cutting a grove
through the joined area and not weaken the joint. I have done this when
creating a dresser, and cutting drawer slides.
My work has increased in quality and stability by using the biscuits.
Not to mention the ease in creating the joint, versus doing a mortise and
tendon with a chisel.