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Affordable biscuit joiner

As DIY continues to gain popularity, DIY enthusiasts are looking for affordable options to make projects easier and simpler. Tork Craft have launched a Biscuit Joiner that is within the price range of the average DIYer.

 

If you enjoy making your own furniture and accessories, or enjoy working with wood, a biscuit joiner is a fantastic tool to own, but up until now the price of a biscuit joiner has made these units out of reach for the average do-it-yourself enthusiast. With the Tork Craft biscuit joiner you can now afford to add a biscuit joiner to your power tool collection.

Tork Craft have introduced a biscuit joiner that comes at an affordable price and allows any do-it-yourself enthusiast to discover the benefits of using a biscuit joiner for their own DIY furniture and d├ęcor projects. The 900W Tork Craft Biscuit Joiner is priced at around R1440 and available at your local Builders store or online at www.tools4wood.co.za.

A biscuit joiner is a tool that cuts slots in pieces to be joined together that allow for wooden wafer biscuits to be inserted into the slots. The wooden wafer biscuits are designed to absorb the glue and expand to fill the gap for a strong bond.

Biscuit joints are a way to join two pieces of board or timber together in various configurations without using screws. You can use a biscuit joiner for making table tops, cabinets and furniture, as well as picture frames.

How to use a biscuit joiner

You can use a biscuit joiner on all types of board and wood with a thickness of not less than 12mm.

Always read the instruction manual before operating power tools for the first time, and don the proper safety equipment. The instruction manual will advise on how to use your particular model biscuit joiner properly and also how to adjust the settings.

1. Mark the location for cutting out the slots in both sections to be joined and set the cutting depth according to the size of wooden wafer biscuits you are using. Smaller biscuits are for small sections, while larger biscuits will be used for larger pieces of board or timber being joined together.

2. Secure each work piece and position the front end of the biscuit joiner against the face of the piece. The biscuit joiner is marked to indicate the centre of the cutting direction.

3. Switch on the unit and hold the support handle to push forward and cut a slot. Slide back and immediately switch off the unit.

4. After cutting slots in both sections to be joined, clean out the slots and fill both slots with a liberal amount of wood glue. Push a biscuit into the slot cut into one piece, wiping away any excess glue and spreading this along the edge of the board. Now push the biscuit into the slot on the other work piece to join the two sections together.

GOOD TO KNOW:
Ponal wood glue has a runny consistency that is ideal for use with biscuits and dowels.

5. With the two sections properly aligned, clamp tightly and allow the glue to dry.

We use a biscuit joiner to make our Easy Shelf and 3-in-1 Table but once you invest in a biscuit joiner you will soon discover so many ways to use a biscuit joiner instead of the traditional butt method and screws. 

 

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