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I am looking at getting a biscuit joiner, and came across the following kit that allows you to use your router to make biscuit cuts.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00925423000P?prdNo=3&blockNo=3&blockType=G3

Can someone help me understand the pros/cons of using something like this, versus just getting your typical biscut joiner?

Thanks!

I don't see any banifit in that tool except that it is less expensive tha a biscuit machine. I have Used dewalt and PC biscuit joiners, the dewalt is hands down the better amchine. The PC makes sloppy biscuit holes.
 

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The longer I do wwing, the less I use biscuits. You just don't need biscuits to hold together edge glue ups on most tight fitting joints. I actually sold my biscuit cutter, and use a router with a slot cutter for the few occasions I want to use biscuits. More often than not, I use pocket holes...they stronger and easier in many cases.
 

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Thanks for all the input. I am rather new to woodworking and biscuits looked like an easy way to use joinery.
 

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Thanks for all the input. I am rather new to woodworking and biscuits looked like an easy way to use joinery.
Hi - I don't use biscuits much but it's easy enough to with a router, sans a $50 router plate. All you really need is a 5/32 slot cutter with the right bearing to give you the cut depth. The biscuits wont fit perfectly as the slot cutter will have a different radius than the Biscuit machine uses but that really doesn't make any difference. The MLCS website has an instructional pdf on using the router for biscuits. :smile:
 

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Waste of money

I bought one in the 1980's when they were relatively new and all the latest rage. They were expensive also. I used it about 3 times and put it on a shelf for about 5 years then sold it.
I was buying some used tools about 2 years ago or so and the seller threw in a Dewalt biscuit joiner. I tested it out and put it on a shelf and there it sits. I build furniture for a living and I also repair and refinish. I still have not found a use for the Biscuit Joiner.
They are more trouble than what they are worth.
 

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A good place to use biscuits, joining edge to long grain:

(I know it's not a good idea to join edge to long grain due to differing expansion, shrinkage rates but this is decorative only not structural.)

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As you can see biscuits are cut with the grain running diagonal making them ideal for joining perpindicular pieces togehter.

Other uses are joining mdf and particle board.
 
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