The Power of the Domino Unleashed

Thursday, June 28, 2012 | Reader Comments | How-To | Joiners | Reviews

Domino Unleashed

Building custom wine racks, by Chris Hughes

One of the most critical elements in furniture design is the placement of joinery. We have often been left with the choice of complicated joints to carry loads particular design or to expose fasteners.

The Domino is a huge relief to the building process both in time and design. It places both a mortise and tenon exactly where I need them, without having to think about added length for tenon and building jigs for mortising with my router.

The project featured here is a simple series of wine racks to accommodate my customers wine selection. The racks themselves are simple enough, using a super structure that consists of the top and bottom rings and the vertical members that hold and carry the weight. The smaller vertical panels that hold the bulk of the wine is the core. These are attached to horizontal components that carry part of the core's weight, but act as stretchers to maintain the overall width of the individual rack units. The first obvious problem that I saw, was the connection of all the parts that made core individual units positive placement. My boss's first inclination was to use screws. I showed him the Domino's ability to accurately mortise anywhere I wanted, allowing this project to be built in a modular system. This would allow for finishing before the assembly. He allowed me to tweak the racks to accommodate the use of floating tenons.

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