This is an old thread, but I'll jump in since it has been bumped.
i make up boards with #20 cabinet biscuits functioning as a spline between boards. 3 biscuits per length is good, spaced on the quarter points so pieces are completely symmetrical. I use Tightbond III. (Waterproof carpenter glue) I tend to use one nominal 8 inch fence board and 2 nominal 6 inch fence board. I usually make migratory covers, so rip the 6 inch boards so I don't over-run the width. On a telescoping cover width works without ripping. Use scrap plywood as well, indiscriminately.
My length is 23, and I use 2x material on ends cut to a strong 16 1/4 . On a telescoping cover, the side boards run past the 2x material-- plenty of fastening wood.
This is my 8th year using biscuits for boxes, boards, etc. No failures. Since you can get a fence board for under $2 (on loss leader) this competes well with ply which yields 8 tops, or breakeven at $16 --and even cheap grades of 3/4 ext ply is well above that.