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97 Re: Plate (biscut) joiners


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97 Re: Plate (biscut) joiners

From: fcox@prism.gatech.edu (COX,FRED L)

I've got a Ryobi biscuit joiner with the adjustable fence. I've made some
test joints with it and built a daybed for my daughter with it. I guess
I'm a little finicky, but I think I'd be more satisfied with the Lamello
Top 10, given the positive alignment you seem to be able to achieve with
its fence. However, if you need angles off 90 or 45 degrees, the Ryobi
may be the best way to go. Also, in all fairness to the Ryobi, I think
the slack introduced by the difference in size of the cut versus the width
of the biscuit overwhelms any error I might make in adjusting the fence.
I just try to align the pieces carefully when gluing up. I can't complain
about the results so far nor the speed of use. I think I'm just prejudiced
toward the cast metal fences as opposed to the sheet metal fence from some
aesthetic point of view.


If these are face miters, as in decorative framing around windows and
doorways, you won't need an angle fence at all.

I haven't used any of the "upper class" biscuit joiners. My
(relatively cheap) Freud JS100 has been quite satisfactory for cutting
slots for edge, butt, T carcase, and face miter joints. I have not
tried any edge miters.

Stu Friedberg (stuart@cs.wisc.edu)


I had a chance to play with the new Ryobi over the wkend. Very sold and
the only B-joiner other than the Lamello that has a flip down fence
parallel to the base. This allows you to set any angle needed to set
biscuits for bevels. The dust collector actually works although it fills
up fast, but it keeps you from eating most of the waste which is common on
most joiners. I believe you can retrofit it to a collector to get rid of
the bag. Highland had a writeup on the back cover of their 91
spring/summer cat. At $220 it looks like a good price/perf. option.

Steve Hansen


From: jackson1@ihlpl.att.com (Michael Jackson)

I purchased the PC biscuit joiner and like it very much. At the time that I
was looking for such a tool I found that the PC was the ONLY one that developed
their tool to be a biscuit joiner. All other manufacturers had adapted one of
their grinders to become a biscuit joiner.

When I made the purchase I had no use for the adjustable fence but I did look
at it. From what I could tell, it would work just fine for what you describe.


From: mstephens.520@postman.gsfc.nasa.gov (mark stephens)
Date: 11 Dec 91 18:11:55 GMT

I have the Freud and I like it... mostly. Two problems which other
models may solve: 1) There are two screws to adjust the fence and it
is easy to get one higher than the other, you need a wide piece of stock
to rest the fence on and then tighten the screws. 2) When actually making
a cut, moving the blade into the piece requires a little jurk to overcome
static friction, if you're not used to it you can mess up the cut. I perhaps
need some oil, soap or wax somewhere!

Other than the above it looks durable and well built. The fence is made
from the heavy guage aluminum, not the tinny shinny stuff. Don't know exactly
how much I paid but I got it from "Tools On Sale" for about $160 (almost 1- 2
years ago).

You can go crazy with these tools as they do make joining wood really easy!
They are especially great for edge joints for table tops and for quick
butt joints. Nothing beats a dovetail joint for looks though!


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