Converted Another One - To the DOMINO

Took the parts of yet another bonsai table up to a friend's place to show him a bit of what the DOMINO can do - with a common M&T application. Had done a prototype of the two joints for a demon -stration I was supposed to do last week (but my van lost all its transmission fluid on the way and I left all the parts in the van in order to make the meeting and do a less than ideal demo). I had all the presets written on the prototype parts - bit diameter, fence to center line distance setting, depth of cut and, for the apron parts with two mortises, which end of the first mortise was to be used for the second mortise.
Put the outriggers on the DOMINO - set them for 180 mm for the stretchers and cut 6 mortises in each leg, then four more in each end of the four aprons without having to change anything but the fence to mortise centerline. Screwed up on a couple of the apron mortises - referenced off the wrong side of the previous mortise - but recut to semi-fix the problem.
Scribed the centerline of the width of a stretcher, put the Narrow Parts accessory on the DOMINO, lined up with scribed centerline on the part with the scribed mortise centerline on the bottom of the DOMINO's "foot", slid the left and right "fences?" in to the sides of the part and locked them in. Two more mortises on each of the four stretchers and it was done.
Had 24 mortises in the legs 16 mortises in the aprons 8 mortises for the stretchers ---- 48 mortises total time 20 minutes - and that's cause I was describing the process for each of the three parts - legs, aprons, stretchers.
He had the legs, aprons and table top already to go, plus a spare leg and some apron stock. Using a Tite-Mark, found the centerline of one face of the legs, measure with a 4" sliding square, set the fence using the metric scale rather than the stepped "preset", set the fence to mortise center line to 24mm, and all that was left was to change the bit to 8mm set the depth of cut to 20mm for the 8x40 mm tenons and it was test cut time.
Discovered that the tenons would conflict with each other in the leg. His solution was to shorten the loose tenons on the disk sander. My solution was to change the depth of cut to 12mm to avoid the conflicts and cut the mortises in the apron 28mm deep to get the total 40mm the tenon required. Since he was using english sycamore, 12mm in the legs would be more than adequate.
He cut 16 mortises in the legs in under 10 minutes and that was for a first time user. He particularly like the No Layout Lines thing.
Changed the depth of cut to 28mm, set the "stepped preset" to 25mm for the nearly 1" thick apron stock and he cut the mortises in the apron, 2 per end per part - for a total of 16 more mortises - again in about 10 minutes.
Dry fitting the parts, we discovered that one of the 32 mortises was off. Best guess is that while the bottom of the fence was held tight to the top of the part, he'd probably rocked the handle horizontally when he made the "off" mortise. Recut it and he was all done.
Thirty two mortises cut, tenons inserted and dry fit - in under a half an hour.
His comment: NOW I understand what this thing can do. I'm going to get one of these things.
My unstated response - You have only an inkling of what this thing can do.
NEXT!
charlie b
16 mortises in the legs later it was set up time
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Charlie,
Sound wondrous. What's required to do angled cuts for legs that are splayed or angled down to a center foot? That's equipment wise.
Jim

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Woodhead wrote:

Not enough information. Are you talking about a table or a chair?
If a table: Apron AND stretchers or just apron Will the apron have the same cross section as the leg or be narrower in one dimension and wider in another ie 1 1/2 x1 1/2 leg, 3/4 x 3 apron
If chair: Solid seat or seat frame and webbing/padding" Chair back integral with the rear legs or separate? Splayed to the front and to the rear, out to the sides only or both? Gonna want stretchers and if so - three or four? For chairs for example - do you mean (A) (B) (C) | | \ / --+------++-- +-------+ +-------+ | | | | | | | --+------++-- +-------+ +-------+ | | / \ + +------+ | | | / | | +------+ +------+ / \ / \ / \ / \
where "A" angles the legs foreward and rearward but not sideways "B" angles the legs sideways but not foreward or rearward "C" angles the legs sideways AND foreward and rearward
More info please - preferably a drawing of top, front and side view.
charlie b
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FWIW Your information and web pages have decided me to get one. It will be on the way as soon as the Handrail fence attachment comes into stock, probably this week. I am also getting a few sipo tenons as they may provide some interesting contrasts.
SWIMBO has been less than impressed but I hope to reverse that when I can show that it does not take so much time to make things.
Our bed is the first project. regrettably I will have no idea what wood species I will be using as the suppliers stack them all together and I have to go by weight and colour. I can't ask and SWIMBO would not know how to translate the answers even if the wood yard knows what species they have.
The consultation is that if I am a little careful I get very very nice pieces and can select the best, most if not all is tropical hard wood and some is really dense and a pleasure to work with.
a down side is I find it difficult to pick low quality for things. like jigs, that don't need mahogany like wood, and stuff like pine is quite expensive.
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"Jerome Meekings" wrote in message

Is that:
"She Who Instantly Must Be Obeyed"
or
"She Who Infrequently Must Be Obeyed"
?
Makes a big difference for your Domino future, doncha know.
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She thinks this is the case ;-)

I am working towards this one :-0

Don't I just.
We will be building in the future when my savings from work here in the land of the rising en (falling en?) are enough and I am trying to get a $30,000 budjet approved for outfitting my workshop (8Mx 15M) "yes dear it is for parking our car in" ;-).
So I am hoping the speed and quality of the Domino will persuade her that it will be worth waiting a bit longer before we start building.
I can't use the "We will save on building costs" though as due to white ant etc. we will use concrete and with wages at between $8 an $11 per day for skilled labour that is not a good excuse either.
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