This month, we're giving away two more great Festool power tools in our monthly sweepstakes. So, be sure to head over to http://www.festoolsweepstakes.com and enter to win! Come back every month for new prizes and new opportunities to enter.
We already mentioned some of the benefits of registering your Festool power tools. One of those benefits was access to our library of instructional videos. The most recent addition to that library is our Getting Started video for the Domino Joiner.
In this video, we cover the basic features and use of the Domino Joiner to help get you up and running quickly. Learn how to properly create mortises and reference the fence for measurements and alignment. We will also cover some of the accessories available for the Domino that expand its capabilities and versatility.
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?
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.
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.
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
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&T||Domino XL
|Shutter Rail & Stile
Visit the Brun Millworks website to see other examples of Tim's work, including other architectural elements created with Domino XL joinery.
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.
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.
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.