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Woodworking Tips & Techniques: Joinery – Paul Mayer describes why his biscuit joiner is his best device for producing strong joints quickly for several woodworking joinery applications.

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Woodworking Tips & Techniques: Joinery - Paul Mayer explains why his biscuit joiner is his go-to tool for creating strong joints quickly for many woodworking joinery applications.

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  1. Had a Lamello for over 30 years. Dam sight cheaper than dowels and I
    wouldnt want to use a Domino on a heavy door etc. I guess all these tools
    have their strengths thats why I never regret buying quality kit

  2. just basic math really. 

  3. Do you have a video on pocket screw joinery? Thx.

  4. These are really crappy joints ! If you want to make a fast joint,
    properly, – then practice proper joints !
    Very simple.
    Biscuit, or domino, joints is made for for amateurs with no skills..

    1. How about showings us some of your work.

    2. Someone is a little salty

  5. I make fine furniture, I went to school to for woodworking. Biscuit jointer
    are for cabinet shop, they are for aligning boards for side grain glue ups.
    In no way are they structural or add any strength to anything, I never
    apply glue to biscuit slot because it will do nothing. If you want to have
    a channel and preach woodworking, tell the viewers to grow a pair and make
    a mortise a tenon like your grandfather would have done. 

    1. Hi Aweirick1,
      We have plenty of content at the wwgoa site on mortise and tenon joinery as
      well. Where maximum strength is needed, M&T is a great choice. As you
      said, cabinet construction is a good application for biscuits, as are many
      other lightweight joinery applications. My philosophy is that woodworkers
      should understand the characteristics of each joint with respect to its
      strength, aesthetic attributes, and implementation process, and make an
      informed decision as to which joint best meets their objectives for the
      application at hand. For me, sometimes the choice is biscuits. For other
      situations I might choose to use M&T, dovetails, edge joints, rabbets, lap,
      miter, box joints, spline, dowel, mechanical fastener, or dados. I prefer
      to maintain a good arsenal of tools and skills so that I can approach each
      situation with the optimal joinery. But that’s one of the cool things
      about woodworking. Everyone gets to approach it the manner that their
      skills, budget, space, interests and time allow.

    2. Hear, hear!

  6. Theses days pocket hole screws are used .

    1. +Veronon Parker Not really. Alignment and adjustments are more difficult
      with pocket hole screws. As he demonstrated in the video, you’ve got wiggle
      room with biscuits. With pocket screws you have no wiggle room, so
      adjustments are more difficult.

  7. Nice concise yet informative presentation. Thanks.

  8. Joseph Giampietro

    I don’t understand the debate on joint strength with biscuits vs anything
    else. If the glue is stronger than the wood (and it is) what does it matter
    how much strength a dowel adds vs a biscuit vs a pocket screw? 

    1. +Joseph Giampietro. Great question. For edge to edge joinery, you are
      absolutely right. There is no need for additional strength because the glue
      provides enough. When end grain is involved, however, traditional
      woodworking glues do not provide adequate strength because the end grain
      absorbs too much glue, so that is where mechanically interlocking joinery
      becomes necessary. Comparing biscuits to other forms of joinery, biscuits
      are generally considered to be fairly modest in strength. Then the
      questions becomes; how much strength is needed for a given application? In
      some cases, a lot is needed, and in some cases, not much. For the latter
      situation, biscuits can be considered a good choice.

  9. wtf is a biscuit?

    1. +The Titan, it is a floating tenon, loosely based on traditional mortise
      and tenon joinery, used to provide alignment (and in some situations,
      strength) in woodworking joinery.

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    3. lol guys I’m kidding, I know what biscuit is. I eat it with turkey 🙂

  10. nice overview

  11. The President of The Internet

    I just bought a new biscuit jointer to replace my old one – despite owning
    both Festool Dominos and the Mafell duo doweller – there are just times
    when biscuits are faster, cheaper and generally feel more right

    1. Amen! Your story matches mine exactly. I also have a Domino, but just last
      week I pulled out the biscuit joiner for a Krenov cabinet project. Was
      perfect for that project.

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  14. that triforce in the back…

  15. I never took shop in high school and am only now, at almost 40 years old,
    starting to learn about wood working. Thanks for a great video! This really
    helped me figure out my needs for tools and what I need (or don’t need) for
    some of my future projects!

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