Custom Dishwasher Panel Progress #5: Domino-ed breadboards

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 09-23-2007 04:09 AM 1370 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: V's and Splines and a little advice needed Part 5 of Custom Dishwasher Panel Progress series Part 6: Finishing the Dishwasher Panel »

This is only my second project using the domino. This time I set the fence on top of the workpiece instead of setting both on the work surface. I was trying to center the tenon. It worked, but I am not sure if I mastered the technique since some of the parts are not perfectly flush. Possibly I rocked it on the narrow breadboards. I should have put a support piece behind the work piece. It is only a hair from flush though.

I set the domino for exact width cuts (8×50mm dominos) on the outer mortises and wide on the rest. All of the beadboard pieces received exact cut mortises. It took less than 20 minutes (lots of being cautious) to cut all 32 mortises.

I glued only the outer tenons. The rest will float (my attempt to account for future wood movement).

No problem. Just a little mallet persuasion.

Testing on the machine.

And for Lee.. A little Glue up.

Next time: Sanding, fitting, staining, Yawn.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 09-23-2007 04:15 AM

Good job John, really looks nice.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Dan'um Style

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#2 posted 09-23-2007 06:41 AM

The domino looks like a great tool. 20 minutes for 32 mortices … really quick.

Nicely thought out project. Looking forward to seeing it istalled.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 09-23-2007 10:11 AM

It’s a great tool. I’ve long been impressed with it. Certainly, if I was renovating a house, I think I could justify the cost. However….

Nice work, John.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 09-23-2007 01:08 PM

John, thanks for sharing this series. I liked reading about your experiences with the Domino. Does the Domino do tenons small enough to replicate the function of a biscuit joiner? I also wondered how expensive the tenons are. I guess I can research these things myself if I’m not too lazy :).

Nice work on the dishwasher facade. Looking forward to the next post!



-- Robb

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#5 posted 09-23-2007 01:22 PM

I posted this in part 4 and meant to put it here…

One of the things I admire is someone who can update an older house without losing the look of the older house, you’ve certainly got that one nailed.

I’ve got a question about the dishwasher. Where does it vent to? It’s tough to tell from the pictures. Pretty much every dishwsher I’ve seen vents the steam from the hot water out the front of the unit which probably wouldn’t be good for the panel. But you’ve obviously got a pretty fancy dishwasher there, I can’t even find the cotrols never mind the vent.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#6 posted 09-23-2007 03:22 PM

IMHO, a kittlebit of offset gives the piece some class. It proves that it is not manufactured by some big CNC machine.

Another nice job.

Can’t wait for the poly!

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#7 posted 09-23-2007 04:05 PM

Don: I do have to say re: the cost: the tool is 10 or more times nicer than any other companie’s product I have owned.(Aside from ny Starret combi-square) .Plus it was a gift from my wife and her parents for my birthday. I think portable tenon makers are going to be everywhere soon, especially if knock offs start to appear. The are brilliant tools.

It actually feels like cheating a little, though I feel that I have done enough tenons by router/ drill press/ hand that I can move on. It compares to using a jig vs. cutting dovetails by hand. i wax poetic to the Domino.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#8 posted 09-23-2007 04:05 PM

I am going to be building 9 windows for my house and am going to use them for the loose tenons. But I am trying to work up to that with some simple projects.

Shaun: You can toss the biscuit jointer pretty much. Though I have not yet. The tenons rough out to about twio or three (or more) times the cost of biscuits. However it is a very accurate and well built tool.

Plus with the biscuit joiner I always had to go through the routine of testing biscuits in the slots . Some would be too tight, some too loose. I would have to toss tons and waste time doing this. Everysingle Domino tenon has been uniform in size.

Re: the dishwasher The venting are all handled internaly. It does not even require an air gap or any other modification unless you install the drain lower than 8” above the floor.

The controls are on the top edge of the door.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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Thos. Angle

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#9 posted 09-23-2007 04:20 PM

John, I’m listening on the Domino. I was just thinking about face frames on cabinets. I am using pocket screws but The domino system would be superior by a long ways.I wonder if it would be possible to use it in conjunction with a set of cope and stick cutters to strengthen cabinet doors? John, if you have a door set and have a minute would you do a test?I’d be interested to know how it works. Thanks

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 09-23-2007 04:51 PM

Thos: I am going to try it with a window set very soon. In general cope and stick are strong enough on the 3/4” stuff. I am going to reinforce the windows which run at around 1 1/2” It would work fine: I know someone who has already done so on a door and window project.

The pocket scews are still pretty quick since there is no clampling. I am going to continue to use them for face frames since you will never see the back. The domino excels at higher end pieces where you will see both faces and need extra strength. Though you can’t route through a pocket screw and you won’t hurt anything if you hit a domino or biscuit.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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