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Dan Lyke

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#1 posted 07-12-2009 06:04 PM

The Domino is my default “how I put two pieces of wood together” tool, and there’s a lot of stuff I wouldn’t attempt without it.

I don’t know which strength test people are referring to, I’ve seen critiques of the Fine Woodworking one that make sense, but I let my online subscription lapse so I can’t double-check. But if you’re concerned about the strength of a joint, I suggest you check out the contemporary Z chair, especially the picture of the three guys standing on the chair.

People complain about the cost, but if I did furniture and cabinetry for a living and wasn’t trying to reproduce a particular style (ie: through tenons, or whatever), I can’t imagine being without it. If you run a commercial shop it’ll pay for itself right fast. If you do this as a hobby, you have to ask if having it in your shop lets you turn out work that gives you enough pleasure to warrant the tool. For me it’s a no-brainer “yes”.

And, yes, like Todd, I also have a biscuit joiner, and it has its place too, but if I could only have one it’d be the Domino and I’d use it for biscuit jointing like tasks.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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