C O M
Plate joinery has proven itself as a fast
and effective means of making carcase
and face-frame joints in production
cabinet shops. But residential trim carpenters
are just beginning to explore
the use of plate or "biscuit" joiners.
The growing popularity of plate
joiners is no doubt due to their availability
at discount prices. Plate joiners
now retail from mail-order houses for as
little as $159.00 and so are accessible to
even the smallest operator.
Plate joinery was designed in the
1950s by a Swiss cabinetmaker, Herman
Steiner. Steiner's Lamello joiner
has been widely used in Europe ever
since. It was first introduced to the U.S.
market in 1972, but because of its high