STL246: The mighty biscuit joiner vs. the DominoMike Farrington joins Ben to discuss sliding tablesaws, keeping track of large projects, slow-setting glue, and whether the Domino can actually keep up with the mighty biscuit joiner!
Recently I took on the project of refacing my mother’s kitchen. This included making something like 45 doors or drawer fronts of about 30 different sizes. I’ve tried to run as many parts thru a process whenever I setup a machine to make sure everything matches and to reduce machine setups. This has created a lot of partly completed parts all over the shop. My solution has been each door size got a letter to identify it and I use blue tape to bundle a single set of parts and label. However this whole project has had me thinking a lot about how to stay organized with big projects and would love to hear any tips or tricks and general discussion about how you stay organized with a large project.
To the most truly-sharp oracles of the gods Mortise and Tenon, greetings:
Having attended your wisdom since its inception via the portal of podcasting and now being in isolation from the world I consider myself a professed hermit of your order.
I am soon to embark upon the construction of my own small semi-professional shop after several years of working in a shop shared with adherents of the gods Iron and Steel, whose grease invades every corner of the space. My conundrum is this: I regularly work with sheet goods in the existing shop on an old Unisaw, which can be cumbersome. I have also used a track saw to make initial cuts, simplifying the issue, but not eliminating it.
In the new shop I have been planning to install a slider, which I am familiar with from time spent long ago in a large professional shop. However, SawStop makes a beautiful product that is beautifully half the money of any slider worth having in a production capacity. So, are there advantages to a cabinet saw that I am overlooking? Are there ways around the problems of a cabinet saw to which I am ignorant (one spends either time or money, and I am thinking for production purposes initial money spent might be more sensible)?
Doubtless, I am looking for justification for my desire to purchase a large slider, but I would be quite happy to be proven false and pocket the extra $5,000+
These premium machines are loaded with features that add precision and versatility
All over the internet everyone seems so rushed during a glue-up. I agree a glue up is a bit stressful but am I the only person who uses titebond extend glues? It has a lot longer working time, sure it takes a little longer to set but I always try to setup my glue up so it can set overnight ( not a pro, so that would change things perhaps). It is a bit harder to find but I think some of that is because nobody seems to use it. Am I missing something everyone else knows?
I heard on your latest episode that you might be interviewing Mike Farrington, and I have been watching his channel after hearing it recommended on a past shoptalk live episode and greatly appreciate it I hope you can get him for one of your coronavirus special episodes.
My questions for you all is should I save up and buy a Domino, or buy a used biscuit joiner. I know that there are big differences between the capabilities of them both, but there is also a huge price difference and I’m not sure I’d see all the benefits of the Domino but can think of a few uses for a biscuit joiner in my workflow. .
I do mostly use power tools, but am expanding into hand tools. I know Mike Farrington uses a biscuit joiner often in his videos. I tend to personally make a few large projects a year. I have tried traditional mortises every way from Drill/Chop, Drill Press Mortising attachment (it isn’t that bad, I know you all hate them), and even a router. I don’t mind any of those, so am not sure if I am just missing out on the domino craze or something I missed? Even though Ben seems to be the only regular that has one.
As for a biscuit joiner, I would mostly use it for alignment of glue ups as well as to help build shop fixtures/cabinets and similar items I plan to build later this year.
If you do interview Mike Farrington it would be awesome to hear his take on it as I really like his style and approach. If you don’t though, I would love to hear the others take on it as well.
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