Festool Training with Gregory Paolini

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 | Reader Comments | How-To

Greg Paolini

A New Way To Get Your Festool Training Fix:
Gregory Paolini's North Carolina Facility.

We're excited to announced that we've partnered with Gregory Paolini, renowned woodworker, instructor and author, to begin offering Festool training classes in his facilities just outside of Asheville, North Carolina beginning September of this year. These classes will follow the same cirriculum that you would experience if you attended training at Festool's Indianapolis or Las Vegas training facilities.

If you're interested in attending training classes with Gregory, we would encourage you to update your subscriptions on our training website to include his location in your notifications.

Gregory will begin with two classes in September and will continue to add Festool classes to his training schedule moving forward. To reserve your place in one of these classes, please register on our training website. Please note that availability is limited and registrations are accepted on a first come basis.

Visit the Festool Training website for more information.


Circa 1925 Festo Chainsaw in Action!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | Reader Comments | How-To | Paint

Projects by You

Maybe you remember in our last email newsletter that we noted a mid-1950s Festo Chain Mortiser in one of our customer's testimonial video. Well, when we saw a video posted on YouTube by our colleagues in Lithuania, we realized it was just too cool not to share with you.

You may know that one of Festool's (previously known as Festo) claims to fame is the invention of the world's first gas-powered portable chainsaw in 1925. In this two minute video, we see one of those antique Festo chainsaws brought back to life as it cranks up and then cuts through some timber. Please always wear proper safety equipment and operate your power tools per the manufacturer's instructions.



Reclaiming a 100 Year Old Flagpole.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | Reader Comments | How-To | Paint

Projects by You


This month we're featuring Against the Grain Studios of Portland. Malachi Milbourn and his team turn what was old into something new, producing fine furniture from reclaimed lumber.

In this well produced video documentary, they rescue a 100 year old flagpole on top of one of Portland's historic buildings, the Yeon Building. The decades old fir is sawn, turned and crafted into a exquisite table which now resides inside of the building it once stood on looking over the city. After a run through the stationary drum sander, Malachi meticulously finish sands it with the Rotex RO 150.



Getting started with the TS Track Saw

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | Reader Comments | How-To | Saws

TS Plunge Saws

We also have a great tutorial video that will help new TS 55 and TS 75 track saw owners get the most our of their saw right out of the Systainer.

You may also want to review the TS 55 Supplemental Manual which is far more extensive than the owners manual included with the saw, which is a great resource. Its contents are also applicable for the TS 75.



Getting started with the OF 1400 Router

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | Reader Comments | How-To | Routers

OF 1400 Router

If you've not already done so, you may want to head over to festool.tv, check out the videos on our YouTube Channel, and subscribe so you get notified of new videos. Why? Well, because we're creating a library of video content to help you make better use of your Festool power tools and accessories.

A couple of months ago, we introduced the CMS Router Table and the OF 1400 router is a great complement to it. Since many of you have added the OF 1400 to your stack ofSystainers, or plan to soon, we've put together this instructional video showing how to get up and running with it quickly.



Installing decorative hardwood floors.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | Reader Comments | How-To

Charles Peterson - Hardwood Flooring

Charles Peterson, an instructor with the National Wood Flooring Association and respected expert on the topic, recently teamed up with This Old House to produce a video showing how to install a herringbone floor.

In the video, Charles uses several Festool power tools, his preferred tools for the task. The photo above is an example of Charles' work and it is the floor that students produce during their NWFA class with Charles. We've seen quite a few exquisite examples of decorative floors over the years produced with Festool.



The Ultimate Festool Domino Guide

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

Ultimate Festool Domino Guide

With the introduction of the new Domino XL, what better time to provide you with a comprehensive guide to all things Domino? The Domino is arguably the most important evolution in joinery technology in decades and we want to help you get the most out of this remarkable joining machine. Whether you're considering the purchase of a Domino or Domino XL, or you already own one, this guide should serve as a great reference.


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.