THIS IS NOT - a biscuit joiner - just a slot mortiser with the ease of a bicsuit joiner
IT IS - part of a System, and a well thought out System at that - 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
Top +------------------------+ | | +--+ | Left | | +--+ right |--+ | | | +--+ | | +------------------------+ Bottom
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 CENTERLINE.
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.