1. Order up bis­cuits

WOOD - - 4 BITS, 3 JOINTS, TOO EASY! VOL.2 -

If you plan to use bis­cuits reg­u­larly, a ded­i­cated ma­chine makes the process eas­ier and faster.

No bis­cuit joiner? No prob­lem. You can cre­ate bis­cuit joints on your router ta­ble us­ing a 5⁄32" slot cut­ter [Source]. In the ex­am­ple shown in Pho­tos A–G, I'm ad­ding solid edg­ing to a ply­wood shelf. Pho­tos H–K show how to make end-grain cuts, such as when join­ing a rail to a ta­ble leg.

Lo­cate the cen­ter of the bit by slid­ing a piece of scrap against the fence and the body of the slot cut­ter. Trace the end of the board onto the tape, mark­ing both sides of the bit. Find and mark the cen­ter by di­vid­ing the line-to-line dis­tance in two.

On the shelf, mark the cen­ter of each slot on the bot­tom (non-show­ing) face. Then add lines to the left and right, spaced half the Elon­gate Slot di­men­sion. Align the left line with the cur­sor and plunge the work­piece onto the spin­ning bit.

Cur­sor line Clamp to the fence a cur­sor board with a line per­pen­dic­u­lar to its edge. Align the cur­sor line with the bit cen­ter­line, po­si­tion­ing the board high enough so your ma­te­rial can just slip un­der it.

Set the depth of cut based on the size of the bis­cuit you’ll be us­ing (chart above). Then set the bit height to cen­ter the bis­cuit slot on the shelf. I use brass setup bars [Source] make these ad­just­ments quick and pre­cise.

Move the work­piece un­til the right line aligns with the cur­sor, and pull the board straight away from the bit. Re­peat the process for each slot.

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