Biscuit joinery is a modern and effective way of joining two boards together. As one of our London carpenters and joiners explains, “the technique involves the joining of one half of a biscuit (which is pre-shaped) and then wedging and gluing it into a pre-cut recess. The other half slots into a matching recess on the second board. A biscuit jointing machine is what we use to accurately cut the recesses into both boards. This technique is popular in furniture and cabinet making, especially for everyday items such as cupboards and units.”
The oval-shaped biscuits usually have criss-crossed patterns which assist in anchoring the biscuit into the groove. The glue also causes the biscuit to expand, thereby facilitating an excellent joint. Neat as a pin as they say, but if this is not for you, rather get a carpentry and joiner quote right here.
The jointing machine uses a 100mm diameter tungsten carbide-tipped blade, which presses into the board to a calculated depth. It then cuts out a crescent-shaped slot, into which the biscuit eventually fits. Because the blade spins at high speed, it is important to observe adequate safety measures when in use. To avoid nasty accidents, never angle the machine towards your body.
The boards must be marked off accurately where the biscuit joins will follow. Normally, between two and four biscuit joints go into each side to provide a stronger joint. Be quite sure of correct markings before any cutting, as perfect alignment is imperative. Check that the biscuits fit snugly before applying any glue.
The Production Line
It is advisable to first complete all the section work when making cabinets or cupboards – you can then check that everything fits squarely together. Don’t forget to clamp the work pieces firmly during the glue-drying time, and resist the urge to move the piece at this critical stage.
Precise work such as this is not within everybody’s capability – if this describes you, Mr-Skill has a number of suitably qualified and experienced experts at your disposal. Why not find your carpenter and joiner right now, and let them do the work for you – there are some good deals on offer too!