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projects re-quire at least some assembly. This is especially
true for projects such as tables, cabinets or bookcases where
wide panels must first be built up from several narrow boards.
woodworkers have used dowels for these assemblies. As you
might expect, dowels add strength to certain types of joints,
but they serve an equally impor-tant function by keeping the
pieces properly aligned during assembly and gluing. The major
drawback with doweling, however, is that each hole must be
perfectly positioned or the individual pieces simply won't
go together. Even a slight error can cause a lot of pounding
the 1950's a new assembly system called biscuit joinery was
developed in Europe. This system uses flat wooden wafers or
biscuits which are glued into semi-elliptical slots on each
side of the joint. Due to the shape of the biscuits, the exact
location of the slot is much less critical than a dowel hole.
Minor adjustments can even be made during assembly, so projects
go together much more quickly and yet there is no sacrifice
in strength or overall performance. That's why biscuit joinery
is rapidly becoming the preferred assembly system for professional
furniture and cabinet makers worldwide.
to its advantages for panel assembly, biscuit joinery can
often be used to replace more complicated and time consuming
techniques including spline, tongue-and-groove, mortise-and-tenon
and dado joints.
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