The more I explore the "built ins" in the Festool Domino
the more I come to appreciate its built in features.
THIS IS NOT
- a biscuit joiner
- just a slot mortiser with the ease of a bicsuit joiner
- part of a System, and a well thought out System
- a VERY versatile tool for making mortises for
loose tenon joinery
I've been focusing on the Fence to Mortise Centerline
"presets" on the DOMINO. After heading off in the
wrong direction because I was thinking in terms of how
a biscuit joiner is used, I finally "saw" how the
DOMINO is intended to be used.
No if you've done Loose Tenon joinery before, either
handcut, chisel and bit mortiser or router and jig,
you know that laying out the mortise is VERY important,
as is the use of The Reference Face and Reference End
of the part to be mortised.
Now if you use the wrong Reference Edge for the second
end of the part you can get this
Left | | +--+ right
|--+ | |
And if you use the wrong Reference Face for the second
endof the part you can get this
Left End Right End
| +-----+ | | |
| +-----+ | | +-----+ |
| | | +-----+ |
AND - if you're like me (or am I the Only One?) you can
make BOTH mistakes.
Well the DOMINO's symetric Left/Right retractable Stop
Pins solves one of those problems. Use the Left Stop
Pin to reference the mortise on the "left end" and the
Right Stop Pin to reference the mortise on the "right
end" and Potential Problem One is solved.
It's for Potential Problem Two that I've found the DOMINO's
"almost idiot proof" solution. And in the process I
also discovered their "built in REVEAL" capability.
So - here are two more web pages I've put up that
hopefully will explain and illustrate the power of
the DOMINO's built in presets for FENCE TO MORTISE
Sure wish someone would do a user's manual for the
DOMINO - working out the use of its built in features,
while interesting, is time consuming and headache
creating. Imagine if it came with a Users Manual like
the Leigh Dovetail Jig.
The DOMINO is a VERY versatile tool that can produce
a HUGE range of Loose Tenon mortise and tenon joints.
But right now you really have to dig to find all the
gems built into this thing.
Hope this stuff makes it a little easier for the next
guy, or helps anyone thinking about getting a DOMINO
with their decision to buy - or not.
As always, comments, suggestions, constructive
criticism will be greatly appreciated.