My 2 cents:
I tried one of the less expensive solutions -- the Beadlock by Rockler. Th
en I got a screaming deal on a used Domino. The difference is night and da
y. The Beadlock was a PITA and if I was a half-hair off on setup the tenon
s wouldn't seat in perfect alignment. It would take 10 minutes for one joi
nt as compared to less than a minute with the Domino.
Cost, of course, is another story. I'm using my shop vac but had to buy th
e Festool hose. $80 IIRC for the hose!!
On Tuesday, May 21, 2013 12:19:21 AM UTC-5, ChairMan wrote:
Thanks for the replies, I wasn't tryin to start a war about
I normally use a Stanley #59 doweling jig and have used the
self centering type, both are usually off a bit.
I guess for doweling *perfect* alignment a boring machine is
the answer. I just ran across the Freud a month or so a go I
thought about it, and didn't bite because of the reviews. I
was just wondering if anyone had personal experience with
one. The logic of the alignment issues makes sense now that
I know the domino allows wigggle room. That usually what I
do with the doweling jigs, either wallow it a tad or shave a
bit off one side of the dowel
Thanks again for the replies
A time honored method of installation.
I started out a few decades ago using dowels, a hand drill and a
drilling jig. Loved dowels and found them to be quite an asset to
strength, but time consuming for multiple dowels to be used in a fit
Then we all went to splines, and bought quarter inch stock and sized
it on a hand powered miter saw to get the correct length. We cut the
mortises as needed with a fly bit though, using a router. If we were
being finicky, we could clean up the edges of our cut groove with a
quarter in chisel.
Went to biscuits as it was essentially our fly cutter permanently
mounted in a machine that we could move. Much more portable, and not
so much over travel to make sure you got the mortise large enough to
shift for alignment purposes. Used it for years, found the maker of
the biscuits as well as the storage method directly affected fit.
Realized that with today's modern glue, didn't really need biscuits
like I thought I did, and went back to glue only on layups. Still
like the biscuit for 90 degree edge joints.
Tried many other forms of all wood joinery, and became happy with the
occasional use of the biscuit machine again. (Believe it or not, Leon
had a hand in that!)
Still looking for the perfect system. Can't justify the Domino,
although I have tried every way I can to do so. To me, it looks about
as perfect as automated joint cutting devices can be, and certainly
Leon's inventiveness in using it for all manner of joinery bear that
Maybe one day...
I use biscuit where sheer strength isn't an issue, but when
it comes to putting a furniture frame together. Arms, rails
and back posts *have to be* doweled.
As far as storing buscuits, I've started putting those
little silca packs that ya get in your vitamins and such in
the jar to absorb moisture. works pretty good(so far)
I use biscuits rarely but when I do it is for alignment.
Screws, pins, plugs, whatever has the strength afterwards.
Even glue is tougher - the biscuits keep the parts from sliding.
On 5/23/2013 11:58 PM, ChairMan wrote:
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