Azure Furniture Co.: A Solution to Beetle Kill Pine

Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Reader Comments | Joiners

Azure Furniture Co.

In the Colorado Rocky Mountains, there are over 3.3 million acres of woodland that has been killed by a beetle infestation. The beetles burrow into the bark of the trees laying their eggs, and in the process a fungus carried by the beetles infect the trees. The fungus ultimately kills the tree and turns it's grain into a blue-grey color. So what do you do with all of these dead trees that are discolored, an eyesore on the landscape, and a fire hazard?

Beetle Kill Pine

Corbin Clay recognized this problem and formed the Azure Furniture Company. He thought, "why cut down live trees when there are so many standing dead?". And so began their mission: To provide a creative solution to millions of acres of dead trees in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

For 4 years, he and his team have been producing timeless furniture from solid beetle kill pine reclaimed from these forests. In their designs, they go back to what is the essence of good furniture: impeccable craftsmanship, quality materials, timeless design. Every product is carefully handcrafted in their own workshop in Denver, CO. 

Festool is proud to be a part of what Corbin is doing and shares a passion for coming up with creative solutions to challenges, ambassadors of the new way of doing things. Watch this video of Corbin talking about his crusade to tackle the problem of beetle kill pine.

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Robby Myer - Building Doors the Easy Way

Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Reader Comments | Joiners

This is Carpentry

Check out this video and accompanying in-depth article by Robby Myer and Gary Katz fromThis is Carpentry demonstrating the process for constructing a custom door.

In this video, Gary Katz is in the process of building doors and gates for his new shop location. He takes a couple of minutes at the beginning of the video to talk about his experiences with the Domino Joiners and then goes to visit Robby Myer of Architectural Wood Products to see how he builds his custom doors.

Robby goes through the process of laminating his rails and stiles, followed by marking and mortising his joints with the Domino XL Joiner. Robby then uses the Festool OF 2200 Router to rout a groove for his door panels. The Domino allows small shops like Robby's to produce faster, strong mortise and tenon joinery in a fraction of the time of other joinery methods.

For a more detailed overview of the entire process, read the illustrated article on the This is Carpentry website.

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Domino Tenons vs. Dowels

Below, you can see the glue surface area of various Domino tenon sizes compared to dowels. Domino tenons have the advantage of not rotating, which increases precision and alignment.

Equivalent Glue Surface Area
8mm Domino Tenon 11/16" (18mm) Dowel
10mm Domino Tenon 13/16" (21mm) Dowel
12mm Domino Tenon 15/16" (24mm) Dowel
14mm Domino Tenon 1-1/16" (26mm) Dowel

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Brun Millworks - Architecture Elements

Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Reader Comments | Joiners

Brun Millworks

Tim Brun of Brun Millworks has been using the Domino XL to create large architecture elements for his clients. The photo above is from one of his recent projects. The larger corbels are approximately six feet in length and all of the joinery was done with the Domino XL Joiner. Tim says that the Domino XL has saved him a significant amount of time and labor over other types of joinery, like shoulder joints, that he would traditionally use.

Tim offered the following evaluation of time savings using the Domino XL compared to traditional mortise and tenon construction techniques. Tim says, "On a large job with 36 brackets, and implementing the Domino XL instead of a dovetailed shoulder joint, saving 30 minutes per bracket equates to saving 18 hours on the whole job. This is just a small example of how the Domino XL saves time and will save labor in the shop".

Estimated Time Savings

  Traditional M&TDomino XL
Screen Door 75 mins. 15 mins.
Table Base 120 mins. 30 mins.
Shutter Rail & Stile 20 mins. 5 mins.
Large Corbels 45 mins. 15 mins.


Visit the Brun Millworks website to see other examples of Tim's work, including other architectural elements created with Domino XL joinery.

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Creating Rustic, Hand-Hewn Effects

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | Reader Comments | Planers

Restoring Dororthy

A popular design trend right now is old, rustic style effects with wood. The HL 850 Planer is the perfect tool to produce these effects quickly and easily. Not only that, but your clients will pay a premium to get this look. Check out this video where Jory Brigham demonstrates two of the three rustic planer heads available for the HL 850.

Choose from three planer heads: the undulating head for hand hewn effects, the coarse rustic head for a heavily destressed look, or the fine rustic head for a lightly distressed appearance.

For final touches, use a Festool sander with an interface pad to smooth out the effect to give a more finished appearance.

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Congratulations to Paul Fuller of Fuller Banjo!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | Reader Comments |

Fuller Banjo

 

With over 125 entries in our video contest, we're pleased to announce our winners and to thank everyone who participated. You can view our top 10 entries on YouTube, or look below for links to the individual videos.

Our grand prize winner is Paul Fuller of Fuller Banjo for his testimonial video. Paul is a luthier and furniture maker and he really appreciates the advantages of Festool sanders and HEPA dust extractors. Did you notice that the bench he's sitting on while giving his comments on Festool is the same bench he's building in the video? Pretty clever. Of course, the music in the background is him playing one of his instruments. Well done, Paul!

In an extremely close vote tally, Sorek Minery of Blue Ridge Woodworks was our second place entry with his video showcasing a dark box built for wet plate photography for 179 Pictures. We were excited to learn that Sorek was in attendance at Festool Connect in Providence, so we were able to meet him and chat, which was great. Be sure to stick around for the end of the video for Sorek's analogy of woodworking to marriage.

In third place, was Roger Madore of Autumn Hardvest Woodworking with a video of his small furniture shop and the advantages of Festool.

Also, congratulations to our two randomly selected winners, Hayami Arakawa and Edmond Leung. Everyone who entered should have received or will shortly be receiving their Festool swag for participating.

Be sure to check out some of the other great videos from our top 10 play list on YouTube.

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Finding abrasives just got easier!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | Reader Comments | Sanders

Abrasives Search

 

With over a dozen sander models and nine different abrasives ranges, it can be intimidating to figure out which is the best for the task at hand. Well, we wanted to make it easier for you, so we've added an abrasives search tool to our website.

Just select your Festool sander model, what you're sanding, and optionally what rate of removal you need, and we'll show you our recommendation for which abrasive will do the job the best. You'll also see other abrasives that you can choose from, as well as information about backing pads for your sander.

Choosing the right backing pad is just as important as choosing the right abrasive. For example, a super soft pad is great for a really smooth finish. While a hard pad keeps those edges nice and crisp without rounding them over. The interface pads make the abrasive pliable so that it can conform to curves and irregular surfaces. Festool sanders come standard with a soft pad, which is designed for general purpose use.

So, check out our abrasives search tool the next time you need to stock up on some sandpaper.

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Save 10% on Domino Joiners & Accessories!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 | Reader Comments | Joiners | Promotions

Domino 10% Off Promotion

During the months of May and June, it's time to stop struggling with doing joinery the hard way and to consider upgrading to the ease and precision of Festool Domino mortise and tenon joinery. Save 10% off instantly on the original Domino DF 500, new Domino XL DF 700, and related accessories and tenons.

Now is the perfect time to buy a Domino DF 500 Joiner or Domino XL DF 700 Joiner. Existing Domino Joiner owners can take advantage of special promotional pricing on Domino tenons and Domino Joiner accessories. Read the reviews and view projects from professionals who use the Domino to increase productivity and profitability.

And, don't forget that you can always buy with confidence with our risk free 30-day money back guarantee.

Visit our Domino Joiner website for more information about these revolutionary tools.

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Cantrell Construction and the Festool Domino

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 | Reader Comments | Joiners

Cantrell Construction Domino Joiner

 

Join Mike Cantrell of Cantrell Construction as he shares his story as a craftsperson and how the Festool Domino XL Joiner has allowed him to produce exceptional products for his clients.

In this particular project, his client wanted four large sliding barn doors. Mike used nearly every Festool in his shop to construct the doors. The TS 75 Track Saw for straight line ripping lumber, his Rotex RO 125 and DTS 400 Sanders, and most importantly his Domino XL Joiner.

According to Mike, the only reason his client could afford the doors is because of the time savings of the Domino mortise and tenon joinery. With the Domino XL Joiner, he was able to mortise all of the joints in the door in less than ten minutes, a process that used to take significantly longer. Also, Mike says that the joinery is much stronger than joinery methods he had previously used. With about 80-something tenons in the doors, it took Mike about an hour and a half to complete.

Mike describes his work as art. When it's hand-made, there's a story behind what he creates. At the end of the day, when you're proud of what you've done, that's craftsmanship at its finest and we're proud to be a part of it at Festool.

When you want something to last, you don't cut corners, you cut Domino mortises.

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