Joiners, Jointers, Power Saws, and Saw Blades


A biscuit or plate joiner is a woodworking tool used to join two pieces of wood. A jointer is used to produce a flat surface along a piece of wood.

Biscuit Joiner

A biscuit joiner (aka plate joiner) is a woodworking tool used to join pieces of wood. The biscuit joiner uses a circular saw blade to cut a mouth into the opposite edges of the two wood panels. An oval, dried and compressed piece of wood piece, call a biscuit, is covered with glue, and is immediately placed into the two slots, and the two boards are clamped together. The glue drys and expands the biscuit increasing the bond which often become stronger than the boards them self.

Using a Biscuit Joiner

A Biscuit Joiner does one and only one job.  If you want a simple way to strongly attached or join two boards, and do not want to use nails a Biscuit Joiner is a relatively simple tool to have.

Buying and Using a Jointer

A jointer is a machine design to flatten the surface of aboard. A jointer consists of two parallel tables (an in-feed and out-feed), a movable fence, and a cutter head. The board to be planed is placed on the in-feed table and passed over the cutter head to the out-feed table.

Solving Jointer Problems by Doing a Correct Setup

Setting up a jointer is sometimes a difficult and frustrating venture, and with the vast number and styles of machines out there, it's often difficult to get good advice concerning how to set up and adjust a machine for optimal, repeatable, and accurate performance.   They're really quite simple machines for the most part, without a whole bunch of adjustments -- but if any one of those adjustments is not made correctly, the machine can be rendered pretty useless.  So here are what I consider the most salient points in setting up and adjusting a jointer.

Using a Jointer

Understanding exactly what a jointer will and won't do, will allow you to use a jointer to its fullest degree, and allows you to produce from the best condition possible for the material.

Power Saws

One of home improvement's most challenging projects is woodworking.  Woodworkers know a power saw can simplify even large projects and reduce the work that must be done. 

Cutting Wood

The are numerous techniques to making cuts in wood.  Knowing which tool, knowing how to use the tool, and keeping it properly sharpen goes a long way towards fine craftsmanship.

Wood Cutting and Re-sawing

The are a variety of cuts and re-saw techniques that can be used in woodworking.  Re-sawing, done right, is a excellent want to turn one thick board into two or more thin boards.

Saw Blades

There are saw blades for the variety of saws on the market, and each saw has a variety of blades to choose from.  It is important to not spend more than you have to get a useful blade, but you don't want to render your new power tool less than fully powered because your buying the wrong quality of blade.

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