Cutting the Pieces
To join the frame pieces, a biscuit
joiner is used. The pieces are laid out for assembly.
Carefully arrange the pieces so that joints are flush and square. At
this point, carefully make a mark on both the frame and cross member in
the middle of the joint. This mark is where you will align the
cutting guide on the joiner. Be careful not to make the mark too
close to either side of the work piece or the blade from the joiner may
cut through the side, exposing the biscuit during final assembly.
With one of the pieces clamped to your workbench, make the cut for
the biscuit. Place the alignment mark on the joiner so that it is
lined up with the mark you made earlier. It is also important that
the horizontal fence is firmly against At this point, start the
joiner and gently push the tool forward. Make sure you have a firm
grip on the joiner as they have a tendency to "walk", especially when
cutting a slot in end grain. Let the joiner recoil from the board
face and move onto the next.