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MAKING
EDGE-TO-EDGE
JOINTS
See Figures 9 - 10.
Edge-to-edge
joinery is one of the most basic and easily-
constructed
joints.
Unplug the biscuit joiner.
Prepare the workpieces by laying them side by side on
a workbench in the order in which they will be assem-
bled.
Using a square, determine the location of each biscuit
spline joint and mark the center of each joint by draw-
ing a line across each workpiece.
NOTE: Mark the edges 2 in. from the ends of the work-
pieces. The joint will be stronger if you use multiple
biscuits placed close together.
Loosen the locking knob approximately
one turn and
set the fence angle at 90 °.
Set the fence height at the desired dimension on the
scale by rotating the height adjustment knob.
NOTE: The scale indicates the height of the fence from
the center of the blade.
Tighten the locking knob securely.
Select the correct depth of cut setting to match the
biscuit size you are planning to use. Make a test cut in
a scrap piece of wood from the same workpiece if pos-
sible.
Clamp the workpiece securely so that it will not move
during the cut.
Plug the biscuit joiner into the power supply and pre-
pare to make the first cut. Grasp and hold the biscuit
joiner securely with both hands.
Place the fence against the board and align the indica-
tor marks on the fence with the centerline mark(s) on
the board.
Depress the switch trigger to turn on the biscuit joiner,
then push it forward to extend the blade into the wood.
When the base assembly bottoms out against the
depth of cut adjustment knob setting, pull back, releas-
ing pressure on the spring. The blade will retract from
the biscuit slot.
Repeat this procedure for all desired biscuit slots.
Once all biscuit slots have been cut, place a biscuit in
each joint and dry-assemble the workpiece. Make sure
each joint lines up and fits.
Finally, disassemble the workpieces and place a bead
of glue in each slot. Also, spread a bead of glue over
the entire surface of the joint. Reinsert the biscuits and
assemble the workpieces.
Clamp workpieces together until the glue sets up.
CENTERLINE
MARK(S)
CENTERLINE
MARKS
BISCUIT
SLOT(S)
BISCUIT(S)
Fig. 9
EDGE-TO-EDGE J OINTS
LINEOF CUT
INDICATOR
Fig. 10
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