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Posted on Festool Domino Jointer worth the $800?

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#1 posted 04-20-2011 10:08 PM

I have one – I bought mine used but I would have purchased new also.

This is an excellent machine. Easy to set up and use (no harder then a bisquit jointer). The domino is stronger by far then bisquits….and more stable then round dowels. I use mine alot for mitre alignments and lining up coopering (glueing up several boards for a top or seat). There is nothing as good on the market…and nothing cheaper that does the same thing as well.

I have tested the strength of the joints and find them very strong and very stable. Certainly nothing is as strong as a joint using the material itself, whereas loose tenon joinery – dominos, dowels and biscuits not being part of either the two joining woods will not be as strong….but the domino is more than adequate and stronger by far then biscuits and dowels.

I used mine to put together redwood outside furniture (using sipo dominos (made for outside use))...these items have taken alot of abuse – temperature from 110 degrees down to 8 degrees…had a tree branch fall in the middle of them (crushed a table)....none of the joints have failed though, even after being crushed by the branch.

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