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Ok I have seen some of the merits of both technologies and it seems like they are the same strength. So I am trying to decide which one to go with. Right now my thoughts are pushing me to buy the one that is faster to set up and use to get projects knocked out. What are your thoughts and experiences with both?
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If you want speed go with the pocket hole way no wait time for the glue to set up and no clamps needed the norm..so to speak..

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If you want speed go with the pocket hole way no wait time for the glue to set up and no clamps needed the norm..so to speak..

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So what about alignment with face frames and the such where the pieces have to be in the same plane?
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Most kits come with a clamp just for that job..

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Comparing biscuits to pocket holes is like comparing apples to oranges. Biscuits do not add any appreciable strength to the joint. They just make alignment easier whereas pocket holes are easy to assemble and make a very strong joint. It really boils down to what you are looking for... ease of alignment or strong joints.

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I agree George & BJ... I generally prefer pocket holes over biscuits (like you, I have both) I'd just add that pocket holes are much faster *assuming* the hole will be hidden or you don't care that it shows. If, in addition to installing the pocket hole cover plug and waiting for the glue to dry you must trim & sand the plug back to flush, it can take longer. Lots of strength though!

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I am really starting to lean to the pocket jig. I am liking the idea that I can put something together quickly. And even finish assemble cabinets quickly.
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It depends what you are joining. I made some units for the office in melamine faced particle board recently to match some other stuff and biscuits were a better option, as screws don't hold well in that. Biscuits are also better for side by side joints that don't suit pocket hole joinery. The Elu knocked them out very quickly.

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I've used both, and come to let dust collect on a very good dewalt jointer.. The first few cabinets I made with pocket holes I was absolutely amazed. First and foremost, the strength of the joint was/is amazing. Even butt joints.. A flat surface and a clamp is all you need to align up your work.
Peter up there makes a good pint about the material your joining!!!!! I will say though i've done side by side joints with great success. They were only 18"x 10 though mind ya... using 3"w boards..
I heard the norminator comment one time about biscuits "swelling" and creating imperfections on the finish product. Never happened to me,, but something think about.. All in all,,, pocket joints get my vote..and with an ever increasing variety of accessories becoming available...its looking like a good shop investment
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They each have their uses. I have both and use the pocket hole far more than the biscuits. Some say the PH is an ugly joint, there are ways of hiding that joint quite easy and with little effort. As mentioned, with PH, no need to wait for the glue to dry.

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