I think if there was any way at all I could justify buying a Domino, I woul
d. I have only used it to cut a test slot, but having seen what it can do
I wouldn't hesitate to buy one if I needed it. Having seen Leon's use of i
t over the years as well as understanding >>how<< he uses it has sold me.
I don't know of anyone that has been more creative in that tool's use. I h
ave seen him use it for building great joints, as an alignment device that
gives great connectivity and even as a decorative feature in a joinery.
The Domino reminds me of when I got my first "hole shooter" or drill that w
as powerful enough to drive screws back in '75. You could buy a drill to m
ake a hole in general carpentry use, but a real Milwaukee "hole shooter" al
ong with long Phillips screws that were drivable changed everything. In '7
5 a "good drill" was about $30. A Milwaukee drill that could drive screws
all day long was a whopping $90. Drivable screws were expensive themselves
and hard to come by, but after about 2-3 years the screws were everywhere.
We soon found out in use you couldn't drive the longer screws with cheap dr
ills. More and more we were screwing things together as we found out that
you didn't need to clamp, you didn't need room to apply a mechanical fasten
er, and they held very well. I was working in commercial then, and we star
ted screwing everything together. My screw driving drill was just as impor
tant to me as my circular saw. Strangely, most of my carpenter friends wou
ldn't invest in a powerful drill to drive screws. What a shame.., my forty
year old drill still works, so I would say it was certainly worth it.
I think another similarity is the fact that the more we screwed things toge
ther, the more things we thought of we could do more easily by screwing ins
tead of nailing. We didn't need to clamp as much and the joints still snug
ged up tight so that made their use much quicker to connect wood, and even
dissimilar materials. When we started doing all steel framing, it required
the ubiquitous "sheetrock screw" that you see in all sizes now. Then sudd
enly, there were screwguns, screw shooters, and we started to get details f
rom architects that required components to be screwed together.
I see the Domino that way, and if they ever get to the point where their pa
tents expire or the license out their technology, I would be that there wou
ld be a slew of new uses for that machine, just like the old screwshooters.
And like the Fein multitool. Now that I have beat the living snot out of m
y HF model, I would have bought the Fein model and gladly paid the fortune
they were asking for it had I known how useful it is. I had no idea... but
the longer I have it the more I find to do with it.