When you need basic, inexpensive, dependable, simple joints, biscuits are hard to beat. Robert W. Lang gives a quick tour of a biscuit machine and recommends a few tips to help size up the field. He offers information on safe grips and good posture. One of the advantages of using biscuits is dead-simple layout. Biscuits should be dry, so store them in airtight containers so they absorb glue effectively. Lang offers other biscuit basics and recommends using water-based glue. The article includes a full page of biscuit-joint options.

From Fine Woodworking #133