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Forum topic by DannyBoy posted 03-17-2008 08:05 PM 1218 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2008 08:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak biscuit joiner joining pie safe

I have a plan that I want to use to make an Oak Pie Safe but it calls for the use of biscuits in the joinery. Now, I’m not an expert on furniture history, but I’m pretty sure that pie safes didn’t have those originally. So, I’m looking for an alternative to this. Basically, I want to use the same basic design I have but just use something else there other than biscuits.

Any thoughts?

-- He said wood...

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#1 posted 03-17-2008 08:09 PM

Splines. Just like biscuits only not football shaped. Biscuits are neat because they are made of compressed beach wood. Just add glue and they expand to fill the voids.

I would thing the originals used traditional joinery like mortise and tenons, dovetails, rabets, and what not.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 03-17-2008 11:09 PM

I was going to say splines also. Just use a slot cutting bit in your router.

I actually like them better than biscuits.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-18-2008 04:22 AM

My faviorite is the old tried and true 3/8” dowel pin. The hardest think with these are lining the holes up perfectly, but a doweling jig takes care of all the guess work.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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