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Harry, I never even thought about using biscuits on a mitred edge . I have a Dewalt biscuit cutter and will certainly try it one day .
I’ve heard some materials expand to much with biscuits and glue ?

I donít always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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Although biscuits are designed to expand in the slot, the slots also have a bit of play in them. So it's a s much the glue causing the swelling as any other factor, which means that a spline can also cause swelling. Experts advise to wait a few days after gluing to allow the water to finish evaporating out of the wood before sanding and finishing. This lets the swelling go down so that it isn't a problem. I've read of people who sanded right away to level and then wound up with a dished surface days later.
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My vote is also pocket holes but it is really what your most comfortable. Gluing up panels I use Dowels or be lazy and buy panels already glued up.
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Biscuits allow a sloppy fit which is nice is certain applications like edge gluing. They do not provide as much strength as dowels or tenons so cannot be used in high stress applications like chairs. I have never had a problem with swelling but apparently it is something to be careful about. A biscuit is not the equivalent of a spline or floating tenon and should not be used in place of either.
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Originally Posted by WillieOsgood View Post
Looking to buy a Biscuit jointer and, based on your experience, would like some inputs on which brands and models you feel I should seriously consider.


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G'day Willie, and welcome to the forum.

Most response seem to be dowels v biscut v spline, not offering any brand.

Like Harry, I cannot recommend as in Australia...
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