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Affordable biscuit joiner for DIY enthusiasts

A biscuit joiner is a fantastic tool if you enjoy woodworking projects such as making your own furniture and décor accessories. However, the price of a biscuit joiner has up to now made these units out of reach for the average do-it-yourself enthusiast, with a price ranging from R3000 upwards depending on the model you choose.

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Tork Craft have introduced a biscuit joiner that comes at an affordable price and allows any do-it-yourself enthusiast to discover the benefits of using a biscuit joiner for their own DIY furniture and décor projects. The 900W Tork Craft Biscuit Joiner is priced at around R1200 and available at your local Builders.

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A biscuit joiner is a tool that cuts slots in pieces to be joined together that allow for wooden wafer biscuits to be inserted into the slots. The wooden wafer biscuits are designed to absorb the glue and expand to fill the gap for a strong bond.

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Biscuit joints are a way to join two pieces of board or timber together in various configurations without using screws. You can use a biscuit joiner for making table tops, cabinets and furniture, as well as picture frames.

How to use a biscuit joiner

You can use a biscuit joiner on all types of board and wood with a thickness of not less than 12mm.

Always read the instruction manual before operating power tools for the first time, and don the proper safety equipment.

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1. Mark the location for cutting out the slots and set the cutting depth according to the size of wooden wafer biscuits you are using. Smaller biscuits are for small sections, while larger biscuits will be used for larger pieces of board or timber being joined together.

Secure each work piece and position the front end of the biscuit joiner against the face of the piece. The biscuit joiner is marked to indicate the centre of the cutting direction.

2. Switch on the unit and hold the support handle to push forward and cut a slot. Slide back and immediately switch off the unit.

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3. Clean out the biscuit slots to remove sawdust.

4. After cutting slots in both sections to be joined, use the handy glue applicator to fill both slots with a liberal amount of wood glue. Ponal wood glue has a runny consistency that is ideal for use with biscuits and dowels.

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5. Push a biscuit into the slot cut into one piece, wiping away any excess glue and spreading this along the edge of the board. Now push the biscuit into the slot on the other work piece to join the two sections together.

6. With the two sections properly aligned, clamp tightly and allow the glue to dry.

Janice Anderssen

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