Festool Domino (Cheating on the Blog)

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Project by Todd A. Clippinger posted 03-13-2007 06:51 PM 8863 views 4 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been difficult for me to get pictures into the blog. It really can siphon a lot of time away setting up accounts and trying to transfer things, and then none of it worked for me. (None of these remarks are a reflection on Martin, more of a commentary on my inept computer abilities or lack thereof.)

So, I am cheating and posting these on the “projects” section. I wanted to blog this. I got to use the Domino on my project last week. I figured out the machine, made 8 joints taking photos all the while in 37 minutes. That is the equivalent of 8 mortise and tenons in less than 40 minutes. If you think the machine is expensive, you need to think again. It is a dream machine and I will own one.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 03-13-2007 07:28 PM

it sure makes it look easy!!

(good creative thinking re: the photos). I check all the blogs and the projects, so, for me, this isn’t an issue.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 03-13-2007 07:40 PM

I loved my bisquit cutter when it first showed up and I’m thinking this looks like a great idea.

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#3 posted 03-13-2007 09:35 PM

We’ll help you figure out the deal with the photos…

I’ve used a horizontal boring machine to do mortises before, but figured the only way I could do them at home was the good old fashioned way. (or perhaps going the beadlock route. Happy with what I’ve been able to do with the biscuit joiner, but I wouldn’t attempt a table with one…

Think my wife would let me justify the purchase for the Obi/Karson table challenge?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Ethan Sincox

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#4 posted 03-13-2007 10:13 PM

Man… How much fun would one of those be? I don’t even want to think about it.

Maybe I can motivate myself to make and sell some projects with the “reward” being a Domino.

(Oh, and the answer is no, Scott, I don’t think she’d count that as justification…)

-- Ethan,

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#5 posted 03-13-2007 10:29 PM

If Mark can’t get his own M&M’s I’m not even going to ask for the Domino. Unless the tax return fairy is criminally good to us this year.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 03-13-2007 11:04 PM

Guys (generic term that includes the ladies), I’m telling you this thing is as easy to use as a biscuit joiner, and it is more appropriate than biscuits to use on a table.

I am currently working on a table for an exhibit of “green” building practices (I am getting photos). The only thing I could think of was, “Man, I have to do 8 mortise and tenons.” I have a Grizzly G0448 Floor Model Mortising Machine, and a WoodRat for cutting the tenons on. Two very sweet machines, and all I could think of was the Domino. I am thinking of going to the distributor and asking if I could use it again. It won’t be released until April 1 (No Foolin’).

This brings up a question of morality for me, am I cheating on the tools to which I am already betrothed? I’m turning into a mess over this.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 03-13-2007 11:09 PM

I admit, it’s a dilemna for me. The Domino or the Lamello….me thinks the Domino

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#8 posted 03-13-2007 11:21 PM

Yeah over here in Australia they got this machine over a year ago, and it is the best tool to come around in a long time. It is the easiest thing to use and will make anything that you are building using mortise and tenon joinery a whole lot faster.

You might think that it is a biscut machine but it is far from that, and a lot better.

Just my 2 cents

-- Kaleo ,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 03-13-2007 11:22 PM

Think Domino.

By the way Kaleo. I was checking out your work – Nice.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 03-13-2007 11:50 PM

Todd -

I can help you post “itty bitty” pictures.

That sure is a great tool. I have seen Marc use it on The Wood Whisperer. The most recent issue of Handyman Magazine features it and performs some tests. I understand the tool will be about $650. This tool will go on my ‘wish list’.

For anyone who uses mortise and tenon joinery this is the way to go. In my opinon, other revolutionary tools were the biscuit cutter and the router.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#11 posted 03-14-2007 12:08 AM

I second Kaleo’s remark. When this machine first hit the market, all we heard was how expensive it was. But as time progressed the people who had purchased them started ranting about how this tool revolutionized their work. Easy of use, speed and absolute accuracy were the features that stood out.

About six months ago, I spent an afternoon with a guy who owned one and watched him use the Dom in a number of situations. I gave it a try, and must say that I was very impressed. If more of my work was larger furniture pieces, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy one, but at over AU$1200, it’s a little difficult to justify, especially for making small boxes.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#12 posted 03-14-2007 01:18 AM

You could make BIG boxes Don, or at least ones with thick (nearly bulletproof) sides.

”Heres my latest box, Huon pine, 9×9 inches square, made out of 16/4 stock!... Holds one marble, or an engagement ring” ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#13 posted 03-14-2007 04:58 AM

I think Imma stick to my hmemade router jig, and then plane down some 1/2” material to 3/8 and a roundover bit to make my own tenons inabling me to make as long or short or wide of tenons as I please.

When I get rich, Imma buy the Leigh Mortise/Tenon Thingy … there I go using the Thingy word again.

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#14 posted 03-14-2007 05:03 AM

It is definately on the wish list. Right behind a new bandsaw, flat panel sander, palm router, etc. Lol. I could go on for quite a while.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#15 posted 03-14-2007 12:57 PM

I want one and I don’t even build furniture!! Oh way—we have 2 garbage bins. I think they could have used the Domino. Yah… It’s on my wish list too.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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