Green Biscuit Jointer: More Ways Then One
As many of you know, I am not a big fan of biscuit jointer's. They came about to replace the Mortise and tenon Joint and yet I have yet to see that happen. Myself, a chisel and drill press work pretty darn good. But there are times when the biscuit jointer comes in handy, and I just started a job that will use the biscuit jointer and reap benefits far beyond was it was designed for.
The job I have is putting up 1200 square feet of tongue and groove pine boards up on my ceilings in my new addition. By going with pine instead of sheetrock I have already eliminated the waste of having to strap my ceiling joists as well as having the cost of muddying and taping the seams. I even eliminated the lifting thing I would have to rent to do that job.
Now with my biscuit jointer I can reduce waste even further. Because my trusses are 2 feet on center, normally I would have to cut my boards so that the butt joints landed on one of those trusses. That could mean from 1-23 inches of wasted wood. Well with my biscuit jointer, I joint the two ends which keeps the butt ends in alignment no matter if it lands on, or in between the trusses. This means there is essentially 0% waste on this project. That not only saves me a lot of money by stretching my TG pine, it also keeps the earth a little greenier by freeing up wood that would normally be burned as kindling in my Grandmothers stove.
As I said, my biscuit jointer is indeed green and in more ways then one!!
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"