Do You Need a Biscuit Joiner?
Adding a biscuit joiner to your wood shop arsenal is an option for those who are serious about their woodworking. A biscuit joiner is a special type of saw that creates half circle or crescent cuts in a piece of wood, usually in widths of either two or four inches, in a variety of gap sizes and depths to accommodate a variety of small to large projects. An oval wood "biscuit" is coated with cement, then inserted into both the created openings. The cement expands the wood and acts as an adhesive, creating a bond that is stronger than many other types and methods of joining to wood panels. The biscuit joiner was developed by Hermann Steiner in the mid 1950s when trying to create a good method of joining the chipboard that was developed and commonly in use in the fifties. . Here you will find information on some of the benefits of a biscuit joiner.
Authentic Lamello biscuit joiners are not cheap, but the cost is similar to that of other specialty wood working tools, particularly authentic ones. You can purchase a biscuit joiner for about one hundred seventy-five dollars in several other brands, about the same price as a good circular saw. A Lamello biscuit joiner will run between five and six hundred dollars. If you do a large amount of woodworking and need a method by which to effectively join wood panels other than dovetail or mortise and tenon, a biscuit joiner might be a good option. The blades for the biscuit joiner will cost approximately twenty to thirty dollars each, depending on size and application, and there are a variety of accessories to enhance the performance of your biscuit joiner on the market.
There are other methods by which to join two panels that are more economical, such as a drill and screws. However, most serious woodworkers consider typical fasteners crude. Additionally, traditional fasteners will ultimately be visible, and detract from the beauty and aesthetic appeal of the piece that is created. A biscuit joiner creates nearly invisible joins. A biscuit joiner is sometimes the optimal tool to use when working with chipboard, particleboard, plywood, or wood composite panels and when creating joins with these materials, frequently creating a join that is stronger and more durable than other methods that are in common use. It is also the easiest way to join two panels so that they fit flush together.
Many biscuit joiners provide a variety of options so that all blade sizes and thus biscuit sizes can be accommodated by the same tool. This will enable you to work on a variety of sized projects with the same tool. Additionally, many tools offer the ability to angle the blade for mitered joins, enabling you to make joins at a variety of angles other than ninety and one hundred-eighty degree angles.