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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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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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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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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Join Festool at PDCA 2014 in Reno

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 | Reader Comments | Festool Events | Paint

PDCA 2014

 

We are only a few days away from the 2014 Painting and Decorating Expo, taking place March 12-15, 2014 at the Grande Sierra Resort in Reno. 

Festool would like to invite you and your colleagues to visit us at the 2014 PDCA Trade Show for FREE on Friday, March 14, 2014 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. Please download or print the free pass for our Trade Show on Friday, March 14, 2014.  All you need to do is bring this pass with you to the PDCA registration desk and you will have access to a vibrant trade show floor featuring over 50 exhibitors and live demonstrations, including Festool Power Tools for Professional Painters.

Of course, access to the full event is still available. You can learn more at www.paintinganddecoratingexpo.com

Be sure to stop by booth #417 and see how Festool can completely transform how you do surface preparation!

 

 

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PLANEX: The Popcorn Un-Maker.

Friday, February 21, 2014 | Reader Comments | Paint | Sanders

Planex Popcorn Removal

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Check out this video from Scott Montgomery, a drywall professional in Canada, as he uses thePLANEX Drywall Sander as an "popcorn un-maker", removing a textured ceiling. The PLANEX makes a task that's usually messy and labor intensive into an easy process. Even better, you don't have to wait for the ceiling to dry before you can refinish it like you would if you were scraping off the popcorn using a wet method.

Please note: Always test popcorn textures for asbestos and use best practices for safe removal.

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