Growing up Catholic, towards the end of the All Latin Era,
the phrase "Dominus vobiscum" was familiar. Similar to
"the other latin" - spanish's "Vaya con Dios", it basically
translates to "Go with God" or "The Lord be with you".
Now any Catholic kid will tell you that it REALLY meant was
"Dominic - Go frisk 'em." - as in - time to take up ANOTHER
Well, thanks to Festool, it's now DOMINO Go Frisk 'Em.
Now relative to the purchase price - even the Introductory
Price - the price of a metric caliper and a metric ruler are
going to be small change. Now ideally, it would be nice to
get one of those digital calipers that can be switched back
and forth between metric and inches, even better one that
will convert decimal inches to fractional inches. The latter
increases the price of course. Oh, and a metric tape measure.
I can't "see" what 598 or 610 mm look like (it's a tad over\
23 1/2" and a smidge over 24" respectively.
Now I know I can get the converting digital calipers, at least
the one that goes back and forth between mm and decimal
inches - not usre about the fractional inches. But where
in the hell do you get a 3 meter pocket tape, graduated in
millimeters, in the USA?
BTW - those "loose tenon" Dominos - the disappear like
M&Ms. Bonsai tables - 4 inch apron, 2 Dominos per end,
4/face x 4 faces = 16 Dominos. Now add one per end
for each strecher and you use TWENTY FOUR - per table.
(Thats FORTY EIGHT MORTISES for those who like numbers).
Did I mention that this thing doesn't care if your stock
is a little cupped? Cupped or flat - the joints close -
no "futzing" and forcing (you guys who have used a router
and a mortising jig know what I mean). Probably should
provide a caveat - this is true for widths at least up to
4" and up to 1/16th inch cup over that length.
Sure is nice to be able to reference off one face (same
as router mortising jig) an EITHER edge of the part. Very
quick and almost Idiot Proof (though I've managed to
screw up a couple - of pairs - or mortises with the DOMINO.
Already am thinking about "modifying" the DOMINO stepped
Fence to Mortise Centerline thing to fractions of inches
or maybe decimal inches. Woth a 5mm drill bit and some
thought I can probably make an "add on" to get the pins
say 1" to mortise centerline. Still stuck with default
mortise width of 18, 19, 21 and 23 mm - but it would be
a start. Lot's of opportunities for some enterpreneur
to come up with aftermarket Conversion Kits for the
DOMINO. Anyone who can drop a grand for the tool will
likely be willing to pay another $99.99 for a decimal
inches Step Stops and a Slip On 45mm to 1 inch offset
Burfle. Oh - and the clear plastic metric centering
scale part - fractional inches please - in 32nds - at
523.6 mm - what's that in Dog Years? Cubits? How
about Furlongs (who the hell came up with that one?)?