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Forum topic by GANGGREEN posted 10-26-2018 06:30 PM 447 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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GANGGREEN

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10-26-2018 06:30 PM

A friend asked me recently if I had any use for a biscuit joiner, which he bought several years ago and never used. I’m a beginner and my tools and equipment are marginal, particularly my clamping area and my clamps, so I jumped on it, thinking that I’d surely make use of it. I got it a few weeks ago and didn’t have a chance to try it out until today when I wanted to glue up some hardwood edging around the top of an off-feed table. I marked the locations and cut the slots on the table and the edging, then grabbed my two sizes of biscuits and the slots weren’t even remotely close to being big enough for the biscuits, so I grabbed my owner’s manual and read the part about “depth adjustments”, tried it out and I’m still not even remotely close. When I started investigating to see what was wrong, I realized that what I have is a Ryobi DETAIL biscuit joiner and the biscuits which it used are far, far smaller than standard sizes. That’s fine from my perspective as I wanted them more for alignment of table tops than for strength anyway, but now I’m unable to use it because I don’t have the right biscuits and don’t know where to find them. Would my local Home Depot sell such a thing or where can I find them? For what it’s worth, I think the largest is only 1” in length and much smaller than that in width.


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RobHannon

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#1 posted 10-26-2018 06:40 PM

You want to look for R# biscuits for that. You probably will not find them in a box store but you can get them on Amazon.

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GANGGREEN

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#2 posted 10-26-2018 06:43 PM



You want to look for R# biscuits for that. You probably will not find them in a box store but you can get them on Amazon.

- RobHannon

Great, thanks Rob, must appreciated.

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#3 posted 10-26-2018 06:56 PM

and when you do get your biscuits, keep them in an airtight container
such as an old mayonnaise jar.
biscuits are hot stamped and dried – when they accumulate moisture,
they will swell up and will not fit the groove of the cutter.
this of course, depends on where you live in the world and your ambient humidity.
(a fresh desiccant pack would also help extend the usable life).
if you want to experiment for the strength – cut some slots and install
the biscuit in one board only . . . .then at various time intervals of just minutes,
pull them out with pliers. that will give you an idea of the “open window”
you will have for that particular brand of biscuits.

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GANGGREEN

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#4 posted 10-26-2018 07:16 PM

Thanks John, helpful info.

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#5 posted 10-27-2018 02:08 AM

Homedepot has them.

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#6 posted 10-27-2018 02:30 AM

You could also make your own biscuits if you have trouble finding your size. Check this site for a chart of the different sizes of biscuits; www.woodking.com/wood%20biscuits.htm

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#7 posted 10-27-2018 03:37 AM

Those may be the same size as the Porter Cable minis.

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GANGGREEN

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#8 posted 10-27-2018 07:02 PM

Thanks everyone. I purchased some on Ebay to do the project I’m working on now and to have a few on hand. Not really sure how much I’ll use the tool in the future, but it’s good to know that I can find them or modify others if need be.

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