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Posted on Festool Domino Jointer worth the $800?

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#1 posted 04-22-2011 05:04 PM

Like Deke I’m not a Festool can do no wrong type. But the domino is unique technology and no else has anything like it. I’ve had one for years. Let me give you some pluses and minuses. On the plus side it is very quick and accurate. You can knock out plywood cases of high strength with great speed. But, if you use it in solid wood I would recommend that you make your own tenon stock and skip the dominos. Smooth sided tenons seem to hold solid wood much better than the rough-sided dominos. This is actually good news since you can both save money and produce furniture quality joints by using your own tenon stock. Another trick is to join your mortises into one longer mortise. In this way you can really do more with this machine than the book would lead you to think. One other thing I should add, don’t imitate the festool demo nonsense where the reps give the domino a quick dip in glue and put into the joint. You need to take the time to glue up both the tenon and the mortise like any other tenon joint. The only real downside and one that addresses your second question is that the Domino only cuts a mortise 1” deep. This is the major limitation to my mind. Many joints are fine at 1”, but a door is not one of them. I admit nothing is absolute. I once made a bathroom door using multiple biscuits and its still fine after years. However, its in a house with no kids or teenagers. If it were I would be more concerned. When I build doors now I use the $160.00 Mortise Pal with a 4”x1/2” bit to get a deeper wider mortise. You could certainly make a door with the Dominio , but its certainly not the best choice, just the easiest. So the domino is a great addition to any shop and makes many joints quickly and well. The depth is the only real limitation. Its ease and accuracy for the vast majority of work makes it well worth $800.00

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