When biscuits came out in 1956, they changed woodworkers’ approach to butt joinery. Simply by lining up two separate slots and inserting a glue-covered biscuit, you could join panels easily. Now Lamello, the company that brought us the biscuit, has come out with a new way to join wood: the Fixo biscuit.
Fixo biscuits differ quite a bit from your standard wood biscuit. You don’t cut two holes to use them — you butt two pieces of wood and cut a slot that bridges them, and then hammer in a Fixo biscuit to draw them together. The converging edges on the Fixo biscuit draw the two pieces together, eliminating the need for clamps to hold the joint while the glue sets.
The Fixo works well for joining face frames, where normal biscuits aren’t as useful. But it’s not limited to just those applications — videos on the Lamello website demonstrate other uses for the Fixo.
The Fixo biscuit only came out a few months ago, and it’s not widely available yet in the US. A mixed bag of 80 biscuits in the two different styles averages about $34. Amazon lists them at $28, but they’re out of stock. All in all, it may seem a lot to pay for half-biscuits, but maybe the prices will adjust if they catch on.