Woodworking Biscuit is one of those projects that’s perfect to start in the early phases of your woodworking. The most basic of woodworking projects, a biscuit cutter. Made out of a hardwood, woodworking biscuit makers are not only functional but they are beautiful too. They are simple tools for beginning woodworkers but as they become more advanced, the fancier models of woodworking biscuit makers will make a grand addition to any woodworker’s toolbox. A woodworking biscuit maker is like any other tool in your kitchen – if it doesn’t do the job it isn’t worth using.
Although the idea of joining wood by cutting thin slits is not very original, it has become a common woodworking practice. Many biscuit makers have combined their creativity with a knowledge of how to make functional woodworking tools. Because of their versatility, they are often found in every woodshop. Here are some tips on making yours stand out and look nice:
The three most common biscuit joint patterns include; Lamello, Lame, and Martingale. Lamello means to cut a piece of wood to fit another without cutting the edge. Lamella means to overlap the piece of wood with the outside edges aligned. Martingale means to cross the piece of wood over while maintaining an accurate, straight alignment to the cutting edge.
If you are unsure about what a biscuit joiner is or if you aren’t sure if it’s something you need, a good first step is to read up on the various woodworking tools. To get a general understanding of the wide array of woodworking tools, it is best to read up on some of the more popular books. You can also find helpful information by visiting your local hardware store. As mentioned above, a good buying guide will help you learn which type of biscuit joiner would be right for your project.
One of the more popular types of biscuit joiners are those that allow you to adjust the length and angle of the pieces for precision accuracy. They often come in two pieces for ease of assembly. These are the kind of joiners that will need nails to install them. Most commonly the nails are either a threaded kind or needle-nose kind. There is another type called rabbet-style joiners which aren’t quite as fast to use, but they do have an accurate alignment to each biscuit piece and the ability to stretch over a wide area.
With all the different biscuit sizes, it’s easy to get confused as to what size would work best for your project. However, if you are making larger projects then it’s recommended that you purchase extra biscuits at the start so that you don’t run out. Buying more than what you need, especially if you’re making larger quantities, can make it harder to work with later on and could end up costing more than you bargained for. An adjustable speed bimetal or electric woodworking machine is best to keep your machines working at top speed.
Adjustable fences can add a new dimension to woodworking projects as well as a great sense of accomplishment when they are finished. When purchasing a piece of equipment to build a fence, be sure to look for an adjustable fence that has a variable speed and that has the ability to adjust on the fly. Some of these machines will allow for very fine adjustments while others will not. Also be sure to purchase a dust bag to carry the used dirt from each nail shot as well.
If you decide to build a fence, be sure to invest in an air compressor and dust extractors. Dust extractors are a must have as dust tends to adhere to metal and joining components. The air compressor will save you time as it will increase the speed of the woodworking process by allowing you to use less of your time in dust collection. The dust extractors will also allow you to run the piece of equipment without interrupting your woodworking operation. Be sure to also buy an appropriate fence cap for your model.