The Craftsman's Path #8: Loose Tenon Joinery - A budget alternative to the Festool Domino

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Blog entry by Mark Mazzo posted 2520 days ago 3465 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Guidelines for good design Part 8 of The Craftsman's Path series Part 9: The benefits of rough lumber for design and building »

Given all of the buzz about the new Festool Domino, I thought that I’d share a technique that I’ve been using for years to do loose tenon joinery. While I think that the Festool Domino looks like a great tool, it may be out of reach, price-wise, for many woodworkers. In this post on my blog, I show a budget alternative.

Take a look and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#1 posted 2519 days ago

Cool jig, thanks Mark.

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#2 posted 2519 days ago

Great jig Mark.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#3 posted 2519 days ago

Karson and lclashley,

Thanks for the comments. GLad you like the jig. Let me kow if you decide to build one and try the technique!

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#4 posted 1855 days ago

thanks for the jig idea. I am trying to come up with alternatives to the setup and time required for a M&T joint. The problem with my students is limited time, usually 45 min windows. With a jig like this or even a traditional mortising machine is that all the same type of pieces need to be cut without changing the setup. We run into “the bell is going to ring soon, do some today and some tomorrow” with 6 other classes sharing the shop, nearly 100 kids, that just won’t work.

I am leaning more and more toward the domino. Any idea how the domino compares to a double pocket hole and screws joint?

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#5 posted 1855 days ago

good jig

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