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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Supersize Your Joinery with the Domino XL

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 | Reader Comments | Joiners | New Products

New Festool Domino XL Joiner

Available on June 1st, 2012 - Watch the video!

Be sure to visit our Domino website for comprehensive information on the Domino XL and original Domino DF 500. Also, visit our website for a consolidate list of Domino XL reviewsfrom members of our focus group that were selected back in January and from various editors.

Build solid and durable mortise and tenon joints in a fraction of the time it takes with traditional methods or stationary equipment. The Domino XL lets you bring the tool to the work, greatly reducing set-up time while simply and effectively producing full-sized mortise and tenon joints. Create mortises up to 9/16" thick (14 mm), perfect for constructing doors and full-sized furniture like tables, benches, beds, and much, much more. Easily the smartest, most efficient joinery tool you'll ever experience.

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Reviews of the new Domino XL Joiner

Monday, April 16, 2012 | Reader Comments | Joiners | New Products

Back in January, we selected professionals from hundreds of applicants to become test users for the Domino XL. They were supplied with a Domino XL and tenons in advance of the official launch so that we could learn more about how it fit into their shops and what advantages it offered.

The reactions from our focus group has been overwhelming positive and the advantages offered by the Domino XL over other types of joinery were apparent. Below we're including links to some of the blogs, forum posts, YouTube video and more that have been supplied by the group. If you're interested in the Domino XL, these links offer very good information from professionals who make their living with their tools, just like you.

In the spirit of full disclosure, our focus group was supplied with the products for testing purposes. At the end of the test period, they will be offered a discount to purchase the Domino XL if they choose to keep it. Some posts are from editors that were also provided with the tool for evaluation purposes.

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The Wood Whisperer's Trestle Table

The Wood Whisperer - Trestle Table

Creating an elegant table using Festool power tools.

Our good friend Marc Spagnuolo, well known for his video woodworking webcasts on thewoodwhisperer.com, was nice enough to share his latest creation with our readers, an elegant trestle table. His three part video series on the trestle table offers very thorough step-by-step explanation and documentation of the complete fabrication and finishing process. This means that even if you're not interested in building a trestle table, you get the benefit of seeing processes that you may use in another project.

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Teak Cabanas Made Using the Festool Domino

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | Reader Comments | How-To | Joiners

Building cabanas from teak using the Festool Domino

Festool offers a solution for joinery that needs to withstand the test of time and of the elements. The Sipo Domino tenons are made from a species of mahagony that can be used in harsh environments or outdoors. Sipo is rot-resistant and was the perfect solution for Ken Tomita's cabana project featured below. Let's see what Ken had to say about the project...

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Repairing Stair Handrails with the Festool Domino

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | Reader Comments | How-To | Joiners | Sanders

Fox Carpentry of Bridgehampton, NY was recently involved in a remodeling job for one of its client. The task at hand was to repair heavily worn and damaged stairways. This historic home had seen many years of use and the stairways' handrails had seen a lot of wear. Originally assembled using mortise and dowel construction, the joints had weakened and compromised the intregity and safety of the handrail.

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The Intellectuals Circle: MIT's Unique Seating Project Using the Domino

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 | Reader Comments | How-To | Joiners

MIT's Intellectuals Circle


We know... just more proof that smart people use Festool! All kidding aside, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently built a rather unique seating structure they call the Intellectuals Circle. The fabrication of the Intellectuals Circle was done by student members from mechanical engineering and architectural programs. The builders of this project chose the Festool Domino for all of the joinery which aided in fast, easy, accurate construction.

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Domino. Evolved.

Saturday, July 4, 2009 | Reader Comments | Joiners | New Products

Domino. Evolved.

 

The DOMINO Joiner has evolved.

Beginning August 1st, the Domino will be available with several improvements including a new fence and a new Base Support Bracket. The Domino will also see the addition of a 4mm cutter and tenons which are sold separately (see details below). If you're not familiar with all of the unique advantages of the Domino joiner, visit the Festool USA website for complete product details, features, photos and video.

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