Can you use a router as a biscuit joiner?
- STEVEN FLv 75 months agoFavorite Answer
The first 2 answers are inaccurate. A biscuit joiner actually IS a router with specialized guides for use on the edge of boards.
Update to comment:
elhigh: Once again YOU are DEAD WRONG because you don't THINK. A biscuit joiner is NOTHING like an angle grinder.Note: YOUR comment to David B is DIRECT CONFIRMATION of my claim.
- ?Lv 74 months ago
We used the table saw with a "spline" to join pieces of wood at the edges.
We used the router with short splines before biscuit machines were available.
A biscuit machine is set up to work quickly. A router would take some set-up with a "fence" to control the deoth of the cut and some kind of mark on the router to center the router at the desired marked/measured location on the mating boards.
-I'm an automotive mechanic and a metal machinist, but I have worked in a commercial "cabinet" shop with many kinds of equipment and tools. Some equipment and some tools we had to make to fit the situation.
- 4 months ago
If you want to make biscuit joints, you don't have to buy a biscuit joiner. ... There are two situations where a router can't substitute for a biscuit joiner: A router can cut slots only along the edges of a board, not across its face; and it can only cut along square edges, not beveled ones.
here is a cheap attachment that works really well.
- elhighLv 74 months ago
Absolutely. You can get a bit specifically for the purpose.Source(s): I've done it. I have a router and I have the bit.
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- Anonymous4 months ago
sure, you could also use it to make small cuts for splines which is what a biscuit is kind of
- yLv 75 months ago
There is an adapter that one can attach to it, very easy and works wonderful for biscuit work. Don't remember the name, nor even where i got mine from, it's well over twenty years old.
- redstapler52Lv 65 months ago
Yes, you can use a router but you’ll need a slot cutter router bit and biscuits that are sized properly for the bit.
- oil field trashLv 75 months ago
If you have the right bit for your router and set it up correctly you can use it as a biscuit joiner. It would take a bit of experimenting to get it right but it can be done. I say this because I have done it.
- EdwenaLv 75 months ago
The purpose of having the right tools is so that the work can be done with less skill. Using only a router to cut the slots to join boards with the accuracy required for that work is artisan class.
- David B.Lv 75 months ago
No, Using a router on the edge of most things is dangerous because of the lack of stability. Also, the biscuit joiner has a round blade that matches the curve of the biscuit. One thing that makes biscuits work is the fact that the biscuit swells as a result of the glue used. a tight fit is necessary to make a joint that won't fail. A router would not do this even with the correct diameter bit as the cut would not provide the same profile of the round biscuit joiner blade.