A biscuit joiner in other words known as plate joiner is nothing but an electric woodworking tool. If you need to join pieces of wood together without the need for staples, nails or glues, going for a biscuit joiner will help you a lot. But everybody cannot use a biscuit joiner. All you need is to just follow some simple steps and you too can join multiple blocks of wood together. Today in this tutorial content, we are going to show you the simple steps you can follow to join woods together. Want to create tight, simple and seamless joint? Just follow these simple steps.
How a biscuit joiner works?
A biscuit joiner uses a small blade (basically 4 inches long). This blade can cut a crescent-shaped hole in the opposite edges of two pieces of wood. After that, an oval-shaped wooden biscuit is covered with glue, placed in the slot and after that two boards are clamped together to form a joint. By this, a biscuit joiner work and you can easily get seamless, smooth joint anytime, anywhere.
Simple steps: How to use a biscuit joiner?
Above we mentioned that joining woods together with a biscuit joiner is very easy. All you need is to follow some simple steps, and we are going to help you with all the guideline you need. In this part of the content, we are going to guide you with all the steps to use a biscuit joiner. So, make sure you watch them all.
First step: Mark your woods
First of all, you need to align all of the pieces of wood that you want to join. After aligning all your selected woods, try to make marks at the exact place where the biscuits will be placed. To be safe, use as many biscuits you want to secure all the pieces of woods. Now, mark the other pieces of woods at the exact location. You can use a pencil to get the job done. But be careful about all the mark you put on. A little mismarking will ruin all your work. So, you need to be very careful.
Second step: Work with the joiner
After marking the pieces of wood, you need to do some work with the joiner. Now you need to use the settings of the joiner. Configure the settings to set the depth of your desired cut. After setting up all the important measurement, you need to place the joiner firmly on the pencil markings. This will help a lot.
Third step: Create a crescent shape
Now, you need to create a crescent shape using the joiner. In order to do that, you need to push the joiner forward. Apply pressure on to the joiner so that the blade could be released. This will allow it to cut the wood. Keep in mind that the joiner's cutting blade will always retract while it is idle. Another important thing is that the crescent shape slots may be longer and larger than the biscuit joiner. Not to get too worried because this allows a user to better align the joint pieces just before all the glued joiner biscuit starts to set tight.
Fourth step: Work with the slots
After you have carried out your duties this far, you need to cut slots at each location on each piece of your selected wood. This slot is very important, and you will get to know why eventually. Check out all the important measurement before you cut your slots. Otherwise, your work will be ruined.
Fifth step: Attach the biscuits in the slots
From the very beginning, we are trying to take all of it to step by step. Now after securing your biscuits and cutting the slots, you need to apply glue. Sure, you can apply wet glue over the biscuit. I mean you can cover the biscuits using wet glue. Or you can just apply glue on the slots. It is completely up to you. But going for the slots is easy I guess. The reason is that applying glue on the slots will avoid direct contact with your body. So, if you can use glue on the slots that is much easier. After applying glue try to slip biscuits into each one of the slots at each location. Do it carefully. Try to slip biscuits in every single slot you come across.
Sixth step: Clamp the pieces of wood together
Now we are slowly reaching the final stage. You need to clamp the pieces of wood firmly using wood clamps. What will happen here than? All the compressed biscuit will expand so that it will fill all the crescent-shaped slots. This filling will create an immense bond between the pieces of wood as they dry. This is a very important part of your task.
Seventh step: Wipe out excess glue and clean the joiner
This is the final task for you. Use a wiper to wipe out all of the excess glue before it can even get dry. After that, you need to clean the joiner. Check out the product direction before you start cleaning your products. Try to store it in a safe place so that you get a long time service from the joiner.
Off with the final verdict. Yes, it is not that tough to use a biscuit joiner or plate joiner. All you need is to follow some simple steps. We tried to help you with the guideline hope that helps. We tried to talk about the step by step process. You never know when you need to attach pieces of wood together without using any staples or nails or screws. In that particular moment, a biscuit joiner will come in handy. But learning to operate a biscuit joiner is also crucial. Today, this tutorial content tried to highlight all the important steps you need to follow to make a smooth, seamless joint.