Jerry, the biscuit jointer and slot cutter BOTH have their uses, but to answer Barry's question, a biscuit jointer is a very valuable tool, with todays' high tech. adhesives, a glue joint is stronger than the wood itself and so all that is normally required is a means of aligning the pieces to be jointed and this is where the biscuits come into their own. Bear in mind that no measurements are needed, just align the two pieces and draw a freehand pencil line at the centre points, plunge the cutter, move it a little side to side to allow heaps of sideways adjustment and it's done. I promise you Barry that it will be the best $99.00 that you ever spend on tools.
The third shot is jointing boards for a small coffee table, biscuits are perfect because there is a big glue surface, shot two of the carcass is a different matter, there is only a small glue area so we needed the extra strength of dowels.
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