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Forum topic by CWWoodworking posted 07-31-2020 10:03 PM 341 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CWWoodworking

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07-31-2020 10:03 PM

I might have some work coming up that requires more than my standard pocket holes. The domino fits the bill. Tested the big one a little today and was impressed. Couple questions

Is the little one sufficient for end tables, sideboards, casework?

I liked how powerful the xl was. Is the little one as smooth when plunging?

Are they accurate? Seems to be, but I only did a couple?


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Aj2

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#1 posted 07-31-2020 10:31 PM

I say yes the small one is good for the list you mention. For doors and very larger tables I would want a bigger tenon.
I’ve have not used the XL I heard it heavy.
I’ve had mine for at least 7 years. No complaints

Good Luck

-- Aj

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 07-31-2020 10:47 PM

https://www.senecawoodworking.com/products/domiplate-for-1-2-and-3-4-ply

1) Yes
2) I can’t compare the 2 as I haven’t used the 700
3) Yes it is very accurate.

The domiplate is a great addition to the Domino as it facilitates alignment of sheet goods.

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Rich

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#3 posted 08-01-2020 04:50 AM

The only purpose for the XL is large joinery. Since you don’t specify any details of your intended use, I honestly can’t say which model you need.

I’ve attended Festool training for the domino line. There’s much to learn in order to use it correctly. You’d be wrong to assume that the XL is simply the big dog and can do all the 500 can do. They are two machines with different intended uses. For 90% of woodworkers, the 500 is all you need.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 08-01-2020 06:23 AM

I have a picture that you are Indiana, but I’m thinking closer to Dayton, than Indy. If that is true, you can come play with my 500. I’m South of Dayton, just into Warren county. it’s pretty new, and everything works as it’s supposed to.

For the laundry list you DID state it’s 500 territory more than 700. I use this page to gauge how big when project planning. Not perfect, but gives a good idea.

http://web.hypersurf.com/~charlie2/DOMINO/DOMINO_TenonsMortiseWidth.html

AJ 7# for the 500, and 11.4# for the 700.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Blindhog

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#5 posted 08-01-2020 12:43 PM

As others have stated, each tool is designed for varying needs. I have both and they’re each great at doing what they do; very accurate and precise. If your work is mostly smaller casework and such the 500 is more than adequate.
Either way, you won’t be disappointed in your purchase.

-- Don't let perfection get in the way of plenty good enough

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Rich

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#6 posted 08-01-2020 01:30 PM

Just a quick reminder that OP’s can edit their posts to add details that commenters ask about later in the thread. It’s a good LJ feature that helps the thread evolve, although it can fool less savvy users into thinking that the info was there but overlooked in earlier posts. Those of us with good reading comprehension know better.

Regarding accuracy, they are dead on if used correctly. You can download the user’s guide here for detailed instructions on how to properly use the tool.

Anyone who is curious about the applicability of Festool products to their needs can visit a Festool dealer for a demo. My local Woodcraft will even allow customers to borrow tools like the domino for a couple of days to try out.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Jared_S

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#7 posted 08-01-2020 02:04 PM

The xl works well with the Seneca adapter for smaller mortises. I skipped the 500 and just have the 700.

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CWWoodworking

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#8 posted 08-01-2020 03:58 PM

Still designing product but mostly for end tables-skirts to legs, shelves to legs, etc.

I used the big one on 2” handrail. I didn’t think it was too bulky, but using it on smaller stock would probably change my mind.

If I went the smaller route, I would still have the xl available because the company I’m working for would allow me to borrow it.

Steven, I’m a little ways from you and currently don’t have business that way, but thanks anyway.

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blondterror

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#9 posted 08-01-2020 04:39 PM

If you intend to build any beds, doors, or large projects, I recommend the large XL Domino, I have both and use the 500 more frequently than the 700 but love both

-- wood is good

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therealSteveN

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#10 posted 08-01-2020 06:38 PM



Just a quick reminder that OP’s can edit their posts to add details that commenters ask about later in the thread. It’s a good LJ feature that helps the thread evolve, although it can fool less savvy users into thinking that the info was there but overlooked in earlier posts. Those of us with good reading comprehension know better.

- Rich

Back to your lack of reading comprehension, note way before you jumped in, and didn’t see what he wanted to do, Aj had already commented on it.

Absolutely incredible huh….

CW not only edited his post, he added info to Aj’s as well. If you want to try to sell that. go ahead.

-- Think safe, be safe

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