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Gauge Blocks Aid Biscuit Joiner Setup


Gauge blocks work great for quick, accurate biscuit joiner fence settings. All you do is pinch the block between the fence blades. This technique will also ensure the fence is set parallel to the blade. Joiners with rack-and-pinion fence adjustments automatically set the fence parallel with the blade. For this type of joiner, use spacer blocks between the fence and a flat surface-like your benchtop-for rapid fence settings.




Gauge blocks are also handy for cutting double biscuit joints. Cut the first slot with the joiner base referenced off the work surface. Then, use a spacer block under the joiner base for the second cut. The gauge block eliminates the hassle and confusion of flipping your stock or resetting the fence. Make a whole set and you'll be covered for any biscuit-spacing nee


LeeFrankAlex wrote re: Gauge Blocks Aid Biscuit Joiner Setup
on 04-17-2009 7:10 PM

2Speaking of gauge blocks -  I use inexpensive metal lathe square bits from Enco Tools. I buy them in pairs such as 1/8, 3/16, 1/4, 3/8, etc. They are quick and handy for router bit depth set-ups.

mpisano wrote re: Gauge Blocks Aid Biscuit Joiner Setup
on 05-13-2009 8:55 AM

I have been using a dial indicator . I made a device to square the indicator to the router base . Being a retired machenist It sort of comes natural . anyway what ever works. Right ?

bricofleur wrote re: Gauge Blocks Aid Biscuit Joiner Setup
on 06-12-2009 9:14 AM

I really like the idea of using gauge blocks for cutting double biscuits joints. As mentionned, flipping the work piece can be confusing. Thanks.

By the way, I don't like to rely on the fence. I rather use the base of the tool as reference. It's more stable and accurate (as the fence could be offset).



Gabriel Montes wrote re: Gauge Blocks Aid Biscuit Joiner Setup
on 07-24-2009 5:53 PM

This is a great tip.  I hate using the gauges built on to my tools.  They are never as accurate as my calipars.  This is quik and the reading will not change when I tighten the fence on my tool.   Thanks.