Woodworking Tips & Techniques: Joinery – Using a Biscuit Joiner

Woodworking Tips & Techniques: Joinery – Using a Biscuit Joiner

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Woodworking Tips & Techniques: Joinery – Biscuit joiners are a great way to securely fasten a butt joint. See how you can use this tool to attach a shelf at a 90-degree angle to the face of another board. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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46 Comments

  1. John Barlow on October 4, 2022 at 2:27 am

    Thanks. Easy to follow instructions. This will be my first time using a biscuit joiner. Making a shadow box. Fingers crossed.



  2. Dunlands on October 4, 2022 at 2:27 am

    at 7 minutes he forgets to use his ear plugs.



  3. James Hoffmann on October 4, 2022 at 2:29 am

    what model of porter cable was that biscuit joiner?



  4. J W G on October 4, 2022 at 2:38 am

    in the second part "bottom up"… the best method is to just use the shelf to register off. That way you can mark both pieces at once and you won’t accidentally register off the wrong face.  It also keeps it square. 



  5. James Connors on October 4, 2022 at 2:38 am

    Good stuff, as usual. Have you tried Jessem 8350 Dowelling Jig? Used it a couple times recently; nice additional joinery mode. Have a good day.



  6. Dr. Natvar Panchal on October 4, 2022 at 2:39 am

    It is really nice video. I am retired scientist but am carpenter by birth. I love carpentry. I noticed that your left hand little figure is injured or what? It looks bit bent inward. Thanks. Dr, Panchal



  7. originalvalleykid on October 4, 2022 at 2:39 am

    perfect!!!!!



  8. Mr Mills - Woodshop on October 4, 2022 at 2:39 am

    Man, I wish he would have used the 2nd handle for his hands rather than have his hand down on the front plate. I am looking for a video to show students, but safety is a must.



  9. Manatsaya Yothakra on October 4, 2022 at 2:40 am

    furniture plan american



  10. Gid Joiner on October 4, 2022 at 2:40 am

    Instead of using the cleat, use the shelf as the cleat, lay the bottom of the shelf against the line on the upright as you did the cleat, clamp them, then cut them both, the upright then turn the machine to do the shelf end as you did but without worrying about getting them the wrong way up,then just stand the shelf up.



  11. Xlatty on October 4, 2022 at 2:42 am

    One of, if not the best video how-to’s I’ve seen on using a biscuit joiner. Complete, and to the point. Thanks.



  12. Julien on October 4, 2022 at 2:43 am

    Great video



  13. leaves green on October 4, 2022 at 2:51 am

    Very nice work well explained I’ve got a biscuit joiner mine was a bit wobbly at first but now I’ve watched your video it’s helped me thank you



  14. Tom B on October 4, 2022 at 2:51 am

    I have no idea why this guy ever gets thumbs down for any of his videos. He is easily one of the best out of the whole youtube community for woodworking tips. Great job!



  15. EMS ForLife on October 4, 2022 at 2:52 am

    Biscuit joinery is new to me so please forgive what is probably a dumb question.  I’m curious as to why a biscuit joint would be preferable in the case of the attachment of the shelf, as opposed to a dado joint?  Wouldn’t a dado joint provide greater strength in an application such as attaching a shelf, where strength is important?  



  16. bridgmk on October 4, 2022 at 2:55 am

    A good job of demonstrating the biscuit joiner, however you should have turned the shelf upside down after you marked for location. If the layout had been asymmetrical the shelf would not have lined up.



  17. Aramaic on October 4, 2022 at 2:55 am

    Really great video. Thanks.



  18. Hickory Homes on October 4, 2022 at 2:56 am

    Awesome information kept simple. And George is a great Instructor. Thank you.



  19. mp arthur on October 4, 2022 at 2:56 am

    top-down approach & bottom-up approach- it’s like analytical modelling techniques!!!



  20. barkers090 on October 4, 2022 at 2:59 am

    Thanks so much, that was really useful



  21. Rohan Singh on October 4, 2022 at 3:00 am

    YOU JOINED THE SHIT OUT OF THAT BISCUIT



  22. WoodWorkers Guild Of America on October 4, 2022 at 3:00 am

    @TheRobotgeek123 There are many good quality biscuit joiners in the market place. You can virtually pick your budget, and you’ll find a machine that matches.



  23. radbcc on October 4, 2022 at 3:01 am

    How do you make the actual biscuits or it this something purchased?  Sorry for basic question…Thanks…



  24. Brett on October 4, 2022 at 3:03 am

    registration slot



  25. John Davies on October 4, 2022 at 3:03 am

    Thankyou. I have had a biscuit jointer for a number of years and didn’t know it could do that. Clamping a cleat to register off is so simple. I enjoy all your videos. John from County Durham, England.



  26. NotWatching666999 on October 4, 2022 at 3:04 am

    Found your video while trying to find a way to repair some MDF wood. This is exactly what I needed! Thank you so much. Now I just need to find a way to join with without having to clam as I do not have a 6 ft clam. 🙂



  27. terry W on October 4, 2022 at 3:05 am

    Would not Dowels work just as effectively George???



  28. The2tothe3 on October 4, 2022 at 3:06 am

    First one was flipped. He got lucky left to right.



  29. Jason Barre on October 4, 2022 at 3:06 am

    Very helpful, great teaching



  30. patrick guernon on October 4, 2022 at 3:07 am

    *I used this plan to build a kitchen cabinet for my friend **Allmy.Tips** I feel proud to have accomplished such a project which she have come to love so much. Thanks a lot for a collection as this. It is quite comprehensive.*



  31. David Handley on October 4, 2022 at 3:07 am

    You would have to one of the best woodwork teachers on Youtube. Excellent



  32. Sean Padden on October 4, 2022 at 3:07 am

    I used the same biscuit joiner to add material onto the long side of a 7 foot board. The machine was so easy to use that I only had to make a few practice cuts figuring out how to set the machine to use the different sized biscuits. Also you can remove some of that lateral play by adjusting the fine tuning silver knobs on the side of the machine.



  33. WoodWorkers Guild Of America on October 4, 2022 at 3:07 am

    Thanks! And enjoy! Let us know how you like it!



  34. Martin Silva on October 4, 2022 at 3:08 am

    Thank you guy! I learned something today!



  35. María Emilia Negrón on October 4, 2022 at 3:08 am

    Thank you very much you made it so simple now I’m ready to go get my own



  36. bytmeh on October 4, 2022 at 3:11 am

    mmmm biscuits..



  37. Mark Baker on October 4, 2022 at 3:13 am

    I’m confused about the shelf portion ("T" joint), did you flip the shelf after measuring or after cutting?  it seems the "bottom" of the shelf was attached to the "top" of the support. I’m thinking if the biscuits weren’t equidistant from each edge of the support, it wouldn’t fit, or wouldn’t register correctly to the registration line?



  38. WoodWorkers Guild Of America on October 4, 2022 at 3:13 am

    @Xlatty Thank you! We are so glad you are enjoying our videos! Happy Woodworking!



  39. Gerald Too on October 4, 2022 at 3:16 am

    Picked up a bisc. jointer (Skil HD1605) at a yardsale 4 $15 never used! Didnt really know too much about them and after seeing this I’ve already decided that it’s going to get some use from me! Thanks for the good videos!



  40. Lenny F on October 4, 2022 at 3:17 am

    OOPS, you forgot ear protection on the last two cuts……LOL



  41. Andy r on October 4, 2022 at 3:18 am

    A first class demonstration. Excellent



  42. Ivan Latković on October 4, 2022 at 3:19 am

    hello from croatias
    very good explained



  43. shane filan on October 4, 2022 at 3:21 am

    This is how you make something simple of what would seem to be hard. Remembers me about Hyezmar’s woodworking plan which can be found online, have a good one!



  44. WoodWorkers Guild Of America on October 4, 2022 at 3:22 am

    You’re welcome! And good luck with your project! Happy woodworking.



  45. purple guy. on October 4, 2022 at 3:23 am

    nice video,i am new to woodworking the one question that is bugging me is what happens if you wanted to put another shelf on the other side of the upright ,would this be possible.i want to make a unit .



  46. Joshua Mitch on October 4, 2022 at 3:26 am

    Thanks so much for the video–really broke it down into simple elements for us beginners.