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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.


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