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The title pretty much says it all. I've seen for and against it, but a lot of the against is people saying they don't own it but it's overpriced. I have other tools that are on the list, however this is one I keep debating on the purchase of. I know a bunch of the festool products I could by without, but this one seems like there isn't a less expensive alternative. I would like to hear from owners of the products if it's really worth the cost.
 

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I imagine if you run a production shop it will pay for itself eventually in terms of saved time, but if woodworking is your hobby you might never recoup the cost. In that case, do you think it would simplify or speed up the types of projects that you work on? If so, is that worth $880 or $1375 to you, or is there something else in that price range that would benefit you more?
 

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I'm with Rob…if you do this for income then it's worth every penny. But for hobbyists? I'll have to find a used one, I'm not paying that for a new one. So far the 3 or 4 used ones I've seen for sale were almost as expensive as a new one.
 

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I am doing it as a small business right now, so I would definitely recoup the cost. I just haven't seen anything like it so I wasn't sure if there was an alternative. I know the domino and a biscuit joiner is like apples vs oranges. It would speed up and also strengthen a lot of the smaller joints, and I've heard that it does really well on table top glue ups.
 

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I think if you're relying such technology to strengthen table top glue ups it would be better to rethink the apron used beneath bearing the weight as opposed to using loose tenons between the boards comprising the top.
 

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I think if you re relying such technology to strengthen table top glue ups it would be better to rethink the apron used beneath bearing the weight as opposed to using loose tenons between the boards comprising the top.

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I typically don't use anything but glue to do the table top. I've just seen a few blogs and builds showing it used on more of the simplistic styles. Like a reclaimed wood top with hair pin legs. I can see the "need" there I guess, but if I do the glue up right then I would hope I wouldn't even need it then.
 

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I really like a lot of the mid century modern pieces too. I've seen it used a lot more there to make the narrow joints a lot stronger.
 

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I Bought it when it first came out. I was doing a hutch and had done a lot of floating tenon, so thought it would be great. I priced the tool into the piece, and got the DC and tool and saved a bit.

It does everything it's advertised to do. The integrated DC in festool is topnotch. I made a lot of pieces, and all came out great.

I only sold it when I had a need for large M&T and it did not meed that requirement. I bit the bulled and bought the floor model Powermatic Mortise machine with tilting table and sold the domino to help offset most of the cost.

I love the big machine, but there are times I wish I'd hung onto the domino. I sold it for close to what I paid for it. Another great feature of Festool, if you do sell they go quick and don't go down in value.

Still miss that little jewel.
 

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There is some overlap between the domino and biscuits but there are some differences as well. Biscuits don't make good alternatives to mortise and tenons where dominos do. It probably is closer to dowels in comparison but it's a lot faster to setup and use. I don't own one but i did borrow one for a project I was working on and it worked really well. It's fast and easy to use which as others have said is key for production work. I can't think of a faster way to make loose mortise and tenons honestly. If I was making pieces for resale I would own one no questions asked. As a hobbyist it's a harder call to make.
 

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I've owned one for a few years now and use it for production work. I appreciate its accuracy for alignment as well as the reliability. If you can get over the price I'd be willing to bet that you'll put it to good use.
 

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Like most others here I would say that Time is Money so in a Production Shop doing a Lot of loose tenons then yes , but for a one time use or very few times in a year I would think a bench top or floor model Mortise machine would be a better bet.
 

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As a hobbyist, I have to say it is not about the money. I just bought one b/c it will change the way I design a project. I can rely on joinery with the domino in different situations where I might have had to use pocket screws or mortise and tenon.

There seem to be so many fun ways to use this and from the video it appeared to be error free. It is. Dead on accuracy and repeatability. I bought it with the accessories to make spacing and repeating smaller domino project quickly.

Love it.

Festool is overpriced, no way to argue around that. Compared to a jointer for the same money or a decent table saw…? Seriously, it is expensive. But you will appreciate every penny of it know it is the quality we wish a similarly price tools had.
 

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I recently asked a similar question about the Domino XL: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/89146

The answer so far for me is yes, the Domino is worth it. Out of the box it is intuitive and dead-on accurate. I've only practiced with it so far, but I have a few projects upcoming with a combined total of >100 mortise and tenon joints.

Even though I am a hobbyist, the time saved with the domino vs traditional mortise and tenons should allow me to build one or two more projects this year. For me, that's what it's all about right now.
 

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I do custom pieces and honestly I am focused on a market that buys higher priced items (not that we all aren't) so I think the design options the domino opens up would definitely help me in this market. Smaller, tighter joints. I just wanted to check here to make sure I'm not just thinking this in my head. I may not use it every day since I won't be building the same item twice, but I could definitely see using it on a majority of the designs I have drawn up.
 

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I had one and I'm not a production shop, just for hobby. I sold it. I never seemed to be able to get it referenced correctly which became a source of frustration. It was a early model and I later heard some folks had the same issue. I ended up with a Jessem 8350 which I love and wouldn't trade straight across for the Domino. At the price compared to what I can accomplish with the Jessem it's a no brainer. Save your money and get the items you most need because there really isn't all that much difference in strength of joints. I guess if you were a commercial shop and produced fine furniture it might be a consideration.
 

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Ok, ill start by saying I havent used this tool and dont have a dog in the hunt for or against it. If your money is coming via cabinets then the best way you can manufacture faceframes with speed and stability is to buy a good pocket hole cutter. I used the PC 552. No longer in production but a very good tool if you can get a used one. if this is just furniture then the Domino may be the tool for you.

I write this based on the assumption that there is not many ways you can knock out faceframes faster than pocket holes and not as a suggestion against the Domino. You can use a double dowell boring machine and pin the dowells with 5/8 brads with glue but that still isnt as fast as pocket holes.
 

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I don't own a domino machine but have been tempted to get one. Whenever I stop into a WoodCraft store I can hear it calling me. Talking to the store owner, he mentioned most of his buyers for the domino are hobbyist. This surprised me because of the price. Definitely a very useful tool but too pricey for me as a hobbyist.
 
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