Many times we see beginners buying biscuit joiners and having no idea how to use them effectively. Basically, a biscuit joiner is used to stick two pieces of wood together without the need of screws and nails. Below are some practical tips that will help you get a quick hand at your biscuit Joiner fast and easy.
What is a Biscuit Joiner?
A biscuit joiner consists of a biscuit and a joint that interlocks into one another forming a solid joint. Ideally, a biscuit joiner should be complemented with wood glue so as to ensure its solidity and robustness over time.
Tools of the Trade
You will need a rudimentary set of tools to get you going. This includes pencil, a ruler and the biscuit joiner itself. Ideally, ensure that you have a lot of working space as it will be easier to work with a biscuit joiner this way.
Is important to understand the type of material you are working on. If you work mostly with hardwood, then you will need a powerful biscuit joiner that will cut through the material with ease. As a general rule, the stronger the material the more powerful your biscuit joiner should be.
Should ensure that your pieces of wood are aligned properly before cutting with a biscuit joiner. This includes aligning the grains of the word so that they are more aesthetically pleasing when they are joined together. This will also ensure that they are more solid and impervious to warping under humidity and pressure of your device.
It is always a good practice to make preliminary marking before your cut. This will give you an idea of where to cut and what the finished result would look like. It also guides your biscuit joiner into making more professional and accurate cuts. So, don’t be shy! Take out your pencil and start marking.
When you’re finished, spread the boards apart and start cutting. It is always a good idea to make a test on some scrap wood before cutting your actual project.
Biscuit Joiner Adjustment
Your biscuit joiner usually comes with presets and adjustments that you can make. Make sure to calibrate your biscuit joiner before you start cutting. Once you do, go through the cutting process with quick and smooth moves.
Aligning the slot and biscuit
Once you have cut the slot and biscuit, apply your glue. Use a good quality wood glue that is transparent rather than opaque. Then, gently align the biscuit to the slot by tapping with a small hammer. Allow to dry for a few hours.
When you have applied the glue, you should also clamp the joint so that it becomes more robust and solid when it dries up. It is a good idea to put a cloth between the clamps so that it does not eat through the material.
At the end of the day, using a biscuit joiner should not be a difficult job as long as you observe some base practices. It will make the job of making professional joints easier – and most of all – more fun!