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#1 posted 06-30-2015 11:20 PM

This is one of those questions you will get 1000 different answers from 1000 different people. If you are simply using the “joinery” method for alignment then biscuits are fine. The Domino is a tool that you don’t really “get” until you use it and not just once or twice but until you live with it for months. When you have one you constantly discover new uses for it and ways to employ the dominos. Over time it usually becomes the go-to for joinery especially complex joinery. I suppose I will accept it being a 1 use tool or one trick pony if you will BUT that one trick is joinery so the scope is quite vast once you begin to learn to use it. I still use machine and hand cut M&Ts for projects but it has become limited to those pieces that dictate M&T for aesthetics or period correctness. For me the biscuit joiner does one thing well and even my Lamello is severely limited and gathers dust now. There is no question a person can build fabulous furniture their entire lives and never use a single biscuit or domino but both can be used to increase speed and/or accuracy in certain situations. For me, if the budget allows, the Domino is a tool that will get far more use and can be used in far more ways than a plate joiner and can fundamentally change the way one approaches joiner, especially complex joints. My general answer is not whether or not to get a Domino but whether one should get a 500 or 700.

In the end there is very little a person can’t make with a few planes and a chisel or two so the addition of most anything else is simply a way to increase efficiency or accuracy, the Domino is a tool that for most people over time will increase both significantly more than the cost outlay.

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