Like many of you, Brian Robertson's first Festool power tool was the TS 55 Track Saw. Brian is the co-owner of Green Goods, an environmentally friendly building supply store, focusing on interior products. He immediately recognized the quality, efficiency and cleanliness gained through the use of the TS 55 and its potential to offer him a competitive advantage.
Based on his positive experience with the TS 55, Brian sought out Festool's solution for joinery when he had a project requiring assembly that could not be easily done with the traditional methods: pocket hole screws, biscuits or dowels. Shortly after beginning to use the FestoolDomino Joiner, he found other uses for it that increased productivity, such as table tops. With the Domino Joiner, he was able to assemble table tops three to four times faster than using a biscuit joiner.
Brian says he works hard for his tools, so he wants his tools to work hard for him. That's why he chooses Festool. Watch this video of Brian sharing his experiences with his Festool power tools, including the Domino Joiner.
"Is it just me, or do you feel like every time you use the Domino it feels like cheating?! So quick, easy and precise." - Rob, NJ
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.
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.
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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.
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.