Question: Biscuites vs. Doweles, Asking Harry's Opinion As Well As Others
Harry seems to lean toward biscuits for jointing and alignment, but I am not sure which one he or others would say would be better for the application that I am going to ask about.
I sent Harry a couple of sketches of how I plan to build a frame for a cedar chest that I'm working on. I have all of the parts for the chest cut out nad until now have planned on using dowels in the joints primarily for alignment. My thinking is that dowels would add strength but I think that I recall reading that dowelsa and biscuits do not add much strength to a joint. I am not sure that I read that, just seem like I recall reading that.
There are two other members of the forum that I have been conversing with about the build of this chest as well as Harry. I have decided to ask Harry publicly about this and will see if there is or is not a consensus on which of the two methods would be better than the other. I suspect that Otis will have something to say as he tells us that he uses a lot of dowels.
I had, until now, been looking forward to using my new JessEm Doweling Jig, but am open to using biscuits if they are a better choice.
I am adding a couple of photos, the ones that I sent to Harry. The material is all QS ****e Oak, 3/4" thick. The corner styles are will be jointed together with miter lock joints. In the second of the two photo, the red areas are where rabbets will be cut for the vertical styles to reside in, these styles will be 3/8" thick.
But first, let's talk about the which would be better, biscuits or dowels and Harry's recommendations will carry a of weight in the decision. I say this because he is, from what I can tell, a strong advocate for biscuits, but he may not think that it makes any difference in this case. Let me know what you think Harry and this question is posed to anybody that would like to help me.
Last edited by TwoSkies57; 06-27-2014 at 12:06 PM.