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Forum topic by Bieser posted 03-25-2014 03:01 AM 1197 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2014 03:01 AM

I am looking into the Festool Domino system. I had a couple questions I will be using this mainly for furniture building chairs and what not. Would the XL be too big for doing this. I am just wondering about spending the extra money to have the luxury of doing doors and bigger work down the road.

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#1 posted 03-25-2014 03:41 AM

Wish I could help,if I were in the market for a Domino I would ask the same questions.

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#2 posted 03-25-2014 04:21 AM

The domino 500 is well suited for furniture.

I do not have the XL, but have heard that even though it is bigger, it is better balanced. With the addition of some aftermarket attachments, you can do everything the 500 can do except 4mm joints, which are good for 1/2” plywood. There are multiple answers to this question on the festool owners group.

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#3 posted 03-25-2014 01:01 PM

I have the 500 and what Stoli said is correct.

Unless you need the smallest domino, I would say buy the XL if at all possible.

If you are ever going to do doors or larger outdoor furniture/fixtures, the XL is the way to go based on my research.

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#4 posted 03-25-2014 01:12 PM

I own a 500, use it extensively in furniture, accesories, trims and so on, but really haven´t found the need for cashing out on the XL. Entry doors joints are milled along with the profiles at a much lower cost and large furniture ítems like bed frames and so can be worked out with the 10×50 dominoes.

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#5 posted 03-25-2014 01:16 PM

Thanks for all the info guys.

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#6 posted 03-25-2014 02:35 PM

I have the XL with the bit adapter from Seneca. Also got the Domino plates from them. I just finished a desk with my grandson using 6mm dominos. It was very easy to do. I am now building cabinets for my solarium using 3/4 inch Maple ply and again very easy to do. I did discover that instead of using the domino plate for the 3/4 inch material, I use the 10mm setting. That makes it only 1/2 mm off from center on the 3/4 ply. Then if you make a spacer of 25mm to use to line up the corresponding hole you will have a flush connection.

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#7 posted 03-25-2014 03:48 PM

I’ve had the Domino 500 for approximately 5 years, and use it extensively – virtually all of my joinery is now via the Domino (I make my own ‘biscuits’, as well). I do a lot of case-work (Blanket Chests, cabinets, deacon benches), and there are few instances where I’d want something bigger or more powerful.

I think you’ll find that those who have the 500 love it; those that have the XL love it; and it will boil down to how DEEP and Mortise & Tenon you need: the 500 will go to 1” on each side (and you can easily create wider M&Ts). If you are doing doors (large and heavy casework), then I’d opt for the XL.


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