12 ways to get the best from your biscuit joiner

For quick, reliable alignment and joining of project parts, nothing beats a biscuit joiner. At its most basic, you simply cut slots in mating pieces, add glue, insert a biscuit, and clamp. These 12 tips help your machine work harder. woodworking tips techniques

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1. Save time with a biscuit gauge woodworking tips techniques

Wondering which size biscuit best suits your project parts? Make this simple gauge to show the width of #0, #10, or #20 biscuits and the slots that hold them. Simply mill a slot for each size, glue in a biscuit—making sure you push it in only halfway—and mark a centerline for each. Then line up the centerline on your gauge with the layout line on your workpiece for a quick reference on which to use. (Use the largest biscuit possible for maximum strength.) woodworking tips techniques

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