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Here's a new use for plate joiner biscuits. I use them to make table top fasteners that hold the top securely in place, but still allow wood movement. To do this, you'll need a plate joiner, some biscuits, a piece of ¾" stock and some screws.
Fig. 1a shows what you'll want to end up with. Start by cutting evenly spaced slots into one edge of the board. Next, cut the board into individual slotted blocks, as shown in Fig. 1. After drilling an oversized shank hole through each block, glue a biscuit into the slot.
To install the fasteners, you'll need to cut a series of slots around the inside of the table apron. The biscuit fasteners are fit into the slots and then screwed to the table top (Fig. 2).
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