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Sometimes you want projects to last, sometimes you want projects to be portable — the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive.  You can find quite a few knock-down connectors on the market, but Lamello’s Clamex lets you use your biscuit joiner to make knock-down connections in solid wood or wood composites.

Made from fiberglass-reinforced plastic, the Clamex connector not only connects two pieces, it also aligns them much like a biscuit does.  The only evidence of the connector you’ll see is a small tool hole.  Since the connector is essentially a fat biscuit, it can connect pieces at any angle you could with a normal biscuit.  The Clamex connector is also stackable — that is, if you have a wide enough piece you can use them side by side.

To use the Clamex connector first drill a 6mm hole for the wrench.  Then with an 8mm blade in your biscuit cutter, cut the pockets for each half of the connector.  Insert the connector halves and tighten the screws to lock the them into place.  Finally put the pieces together and lock the Clamex connector with the wrench.

We could only find pricing for Clamex connectors in one place: Britain.  There it’s 104 pounds, or about $155, for a kit with 80 pairs of connectors.  The special 8mm-wide cutter for your biscuit joiner will run you an extra 95 pounds, or about $140.

Clamex [Lamello]
Clamex [Axminster]

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5 Responses to Biscuit-Shaped Knock-Down Connector

  1. Bill says:

    My theater prof always recommended buying coffin locks for this kind of thing. Looks pretty similar. You might check with a local undertaker to see about availability in smaller quantities.

  2. beano_t says:

    Best. Idea. Ever.

    except for the price… ouch.

  3. fred says:

    We’ve used the Lamello machines for years – and have a PC tool as well. You can’t beat the Swiss precision on the Lamello – but you do pay for it.

  4. Karl Frey says:

    As someone mentioned in another post Lamello Clamex is available in the USA from Colonial Saw http://www.csaw.com or from many of the authorized Lamello dealers listed on their dealer directory webpage.

    Price for a package of 18 pairs is $49 USD which includes 75 screws, 1 Torx T-25 wrench, marking template, and instructions.

    You can view video clips of typical application installations at …
    http://www.csaw.com/lamello/lamvideo.html

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