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If you're like me and enjoy working with wood to make small, yet quite nice thing such as table, chairs, cabinets and so forth then this little beauty may well be something that you will find a very useful tool. Why?, well this is what is called, in the trade, as a Biscuit Jointer. This doesn't mean it makes biscuits, nor does it make joints either. What it does do is cut small slices of wood out of pieces of wood in order to place a small slither of oval shaped wood, (the 'biscuit') into the grooves in order help grip two pieces of wood together so that they do not slide away from each other.
There are several of these type of jointers on the market, all doing what they are supposed to do, and this one is one of the,, although this one comes at a lower price.
This looks like a strange looking plane, having a handle, which houses the motor. On the top of the body there is a small slider switch which, when pushed forward, turn the machine on.
At the front, where the work happens, there is the flat footplate, which hides the 'blade' that, when the motor runs, spins around and slices into wood.
It's simple to use. You just push the footplate against the edge of the wood and trim away the small section. Then you do exactly the same on the other piece, then you pop the 'biscuit' into one of the holes, gluing it in place, then join the second piece to the first, bunging in some more glue. Then, clamp together and leave to dry.
Once dry you have a strong joint that shows no signs of any nails, screws or anything else that may be used to stick 'A' to 'B'.
This does vibrate, quite a bit if i'm honest, but as long as you have a good grip on it there should be no real problem. And it is loud, very loud, getting louder when the blade hits the wood, so don't use it at night.
This jointer is one of the best ones I have used and, as it cost me less than £60 it is one of those things that any furniture DIYer should have at least one of .
"The biscuit jointer is suitable for milling slots for shadow joint connections in compact wood, plywood and chip boards / It serves edge connections for manufacturing properly matching, firm and safe wood joints with Lamellos, e.g / with timber frame, slots for crosswise -, longitudinal connections / Features Multi purpose rail setting / height adjustable up to Max. 6 cm / steplessly tiltable up to 180° 3-step quick adjustment of the routing depth Wide base plate Locking button for route"