Power-tool Joinery: Biscuits – Fast, Cheap & Good

A few small wafers can help strengthen any project you’re working on.
By Bill Hylton
Pages: 90-92

From the June 2004 issue #141
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Biscuit joinery is so fast and easy it almost seems like cheating. And I gotta tell you, I’m no cheater. Consequently, I pretty much ignored the system, sticking with more traditional joinery, even when I was working with plywood and other sheet goods.

Then about three years ago, while working on a book about chests with drawers, I crossed paths with Mark Edmundson who exposed me to a novel (to me, anyway) method of post-and-panel construction. The posts and rails of a chest he designed and built were joined with loose tenons, while the maple-veneered medium-density fiberboard panels were joined to the posts and rails with biscuits.

Don’t misjudge Edmundson. He’s a graduate of James Krenov’s demanding course at the College of the Redwoods. He’s capable of hand-cut joints. But when a client has a limited budget, the best way to reduce costs is to design something that goes together quickly. Hence, he sometimes uses sheet goods and biscuit joinery in his work. Speed and economy are the whole point of biscuit joinery.

From the June 2004 issue #141
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