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Forum topic by timtoggs posted 05-01-2019 07:42 PM 489 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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timtoggs

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05-01-2019 07:42 PM

I picked up a Porter Cable 557 Biscuit Joiner the other day off of the Facebook marketplace. The thing is in excellent condition and works well.

I’m having issues with adjusting the depth stop to accommodate the #10 biscuits I bought. I set the dial to #10, but I’m not sure how to align the fine tuning so it matches the size of the biscuit. I ended up laying the biscuit underneath the blade when expose and making small adjustments so it’s in the middle.

There must be an easier way – any tips here?


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#1 posted 05-01-2019 08:09 PM

The slot will be deeper than the intended biscuit size. It should have some play so you can slide the biscuit back and forth in the slot. So when the two parts are joined with wet glue they can slide in X direction, but not Y direction.

I still find a biscuit joiner a very valuable tool in my shop for a variety of applications.

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#2 posted 05-01-2019 11:53 PM



The slot will be deeper than the intended biscuit size. It should have some play so you can slide the biscuit back and forth in the slot. So when the two parts are joined with wet glue they can slide in X direction, but not Y direction.

I still find a biscuit joiner a very valuable tool in my shop for a variety of applications.

- pintodeluxe


+1 you should just set the dial to #10 and then set the depth to what you want and thats it.as pinto said it will be a little over sized.it’s one of the best joiners imho.

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#3 posted 05-02-2019 05:02 AM

Another +1. Just make slots in mating pieces, and if they come together with the biscuit inserted, you’re all set.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 05-02-2019 12:36 PM

Thank you – I was worried that it needed to be a perfect fit or something.

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#5 posted 05-02-2019 01:07 PM


Thank you – I was worried that it needed to be a perfect fit or something.

- timtoggs

You’ve got to have some room for the glue.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#6 posted 05-02-2019 01:38 PM

The biscuits swell with the moisture in the glue, you’ll get a good tight fit.

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#7 posted 05-02-2019 03:10 PM

I recall that the manual suggests inserting a biscuit in one slot and drawing a line on the exposed biscuit to see if you are halfway or a bit beyond. Btw, do not drop that thing! Just like buttered toast it will land on a very fragile part and the repair will be $$$. Don’t ask how I know that.

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