I finished the hard part of the drawers, building them.
I build them out of Baltic birch and used rabbeted corners reinforced
with Domino floating tenons. I have built a few hundred drawers this
way and it seems I am still learning how to stream line this process.
Domino floating tenons installed and the drawers mounted in the cabinets.
And the solid drawer fronts ready for stain. I cut the bevels on the TS
and then sanded.
When you build your drawers that way, they always look so clean and precise
. I like that look a lot, and no doubt they are probably just shy of bomb p
Seriously, I have thought for some time you should contact Festool and be t
heir Domino guy. I am not being facetious! I only know a couple of guys t
hat have that tool, but I heard through the grapevine somewhere that the Do
mino is a great seller for Festool. Yet, I never hear or see anyone using
that tool except you and never see any examples of its use anywhere!
Kathy and I will saddle up about once a year and get out of town and go to
some of the towns around here that are in the "The Hill Country" where ther
e are some artist communities. The artists are different every time we go
so we have seen quite a few furniture and cabinet builders, restorers, "one
off" makers, etc. We go north one year, then the next year we go northeas
t, so we get the Texas Furniture Makers annual show sometimes, the Fredrick
sburg Arts and Crafts Show, the same in Bandera and even one in Blanco.
Out of all the craftsmen we see that turn out easily produced pieces to the
guy that has a custom wet bat in progress at his shop, I have never seen o
ne Domino. Like you, it is a machine they could truly use on just about ev
ery project. Yet every one of the folks I have talked to over the years th
at owns one of those shops has never used a Domino and in most cases, don't
know what they are.
I can easily see you in a gremlin green van touring Texas as "Dan Domino" p
reaching the gospel of mortised spline joinery to the masses. Not kidding,
Leon. I have never seen more creative work with that tool than you do.
On 2/2/2016 11:33 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Thank you Robert.
They are pretty attractive but a shade less than DT joints and or box
Well I think the reps do that and or the stores should be capable of
demonstrating things to do with the Domino. The Domino was my first
tool from Festool, it and the Vac.
I found that making slots, for screws to slip in, with the Domino is
pretty cool too. You know when you have a wide solid wood panel that
needs to be attached to allow for movement.
Kim and I did the Kerrville wood working thing in November a few years
back. There is all kinds of cool stuff going on.
From a pure marketing perspective, you easily tie in the Domino mastery with
current television shows. And there has been a glut of new shows recently
with comic book heroes. Soooooooooo....., A Festool costume with a cape
would be appropriate. Can you see Leon as Domino Man, super hero? He would
have two cordless dominos in holsters strapped to his thighs and a Festool
dust extractor on a back pack. I assume that the cape would go over the
He could fly into various locations, throughout Texas, suspended under a
large Festool drone. He would land, give a quick Domino drawer lessons,
then fly off into the sunset. Maybe one of the home channels would make a
reality series out of it. And it could even feature some good, old Texas
I think this idea would work! Hey Leon, should I sit down and write a
formal proposal to create a new persona for you as Domino Man, super hero?
We could pitch it to Festool. Their advertising budget should easily cover
the cost of creating a super hero. And I would be on board for a reasonable
12% of the budget for an "origination" fee.
Come on Leon, think outside of the box. This could work! ;-)
"Lee Michaels" <leemichaels*nadaspam* at comcast dot net> wrote in
Opening title sequence: We see Domino Man set down his Domino cutter,
setting the first in a sequence of dominoes to fall. As they fall, they
go past a variety of projects that we'll see later assembled with
Closing sequence: We see Domino Man enjoying some barbeque as the UPS man
pulls up with a surprise package. Domino Man offers the UPS man some
barbeque as he opens the package to see what's inside it... more Dominos!
All we gotta do is get Leon to fill in the middle!
On 1/31/2016 3:44 PM, Leon wrote:
So my customer got the pulls that she wanted to put on the drawer fronts
and I could proceed.
These are inset drawers and that fact always adds a degree of difficulty
over overlay drawer fronts.
A couple of years ago I applied a bit of unused knowledge to make this
process much easier.
Shimming is a must but attaching the false fronts to the mounted drawers
is always a bit tough. In fact there are special washer head screws for
mounting drawer fronts through over sized holes to allow for
readjustment after attaching. The typical procedure is to put screws
into the front of the drawer from the inside and let the points of the
screws stick out just a bit. Then press the outer false drawer front
into the screw points, remove the front, locate the dimples made by the
screw points, predrill shallow holes where there were indentations, line
up the front with the screws, drive home the screws. And typically the
drawer front is not perfectly placed.
Now,,,,,,I wait until I have the pulls before I mount the false fronts.
I drill the holes for the pulls into the false fronts only, place the
false drawer front into position and place pocket hole screws through
the false front drawer pull holes into the drawer, snugly. Those screws
hold the false drawer front and allow you to open the drawer and add the
remaining screws from the inside with out all of the steps listed above.
Remove the pocket holes and finish drilling the holes for the pulls
through the inner drawer.
The process with shims.
And the result, with no need for any adjustments and the pocket holes
That's looking mighty good.
I've been following yours and Karl's advice, been spending time in
Sketchup, which is why I've not been online but for short spurts.
I'll be commenting on previous posts for the goodies I have learned
Those drawers look almost tight enough that if high humidity hung
around long they'd swell up and become self locking drawers. ;)
If the cabinets were going to be in an uncontrolled environment I might be
concerned about fit later on. But I too will be sealing with stain and
varnish which will aid in stability.
The drawer fronts have a 1/16" gap all of the way around.
Actually I meant that as a joke, seeing as they fit so very well.
Sorry for the confusion.
I had watched a video on making cabinet doors, and the door style he
was the proudest of was doors that fit like your drawer faces do. He
said it was a sign of a true craftsman.
Yeah, I saw the smiley face. ;~)
I just wanted to explain a bit further my reasoning and spec's. ;~)
You do have to pay attention when using inset doors and drawers as
opposed to overlay. Square is a must.
Here are a couple of examples of inset doors and drawers.
I built this Murphy bed and side towers 5 years ago for a customer..
And Our bedroom 6 years ago... It is now in a newer home. I thought I
would never have to move it. ;~(
The bed and tower have a total of 24 drawers. 18 under the bed.
You know, Murphy beds have really improved, and what a space saver.
Nothing can dual purpose a room like that, and most children's rooms
should be set up that way. I saw some a year or so ago, a couple even
a bunk bed arrangement. I've been considering putting one in a spare
I didn't show my wife those pictures, got more than enough to do at
the moment. :)
That must have kept you busy for quite a while.
Not to detract from the post, but in looking at your photo's I saw
this stunning piece of beauty!
Is there a matching one to go with it?
Something that looks like that needs to be openly displayed.
And I can point you towards the hardware supplier for that too. ;~)
IIRC Rockler sells for that company too.
About 12 weeks.
LOL, Thank you. Those were a labor of love, I built a pair for my
sister and BIL. They had a walnut chest of drawers and a walnut dresser
built by Waterford, IIRC. They wanted me to build night stands to
match. That tested my talents. The tricky parts were the feet and the
columns on the corners. I actually cut the columns "round" on the table
saw. I spent an afternoon doing that.
AND I wished I had Sketchup for the design, instead I was still using
Yes, but they don't carry all the stuff available in Europe right now,
and they have a bunch of different products that can literally change
the function of a room in moments. I suppose that its because they are
short on RE in the big cities, so their spaces are small, like in
downtown NY where even 10x10 spaces are marketable.
In my minds eye I see that as a place ripe for the multipurpose
furnishing thus making life more pleasant for many people.
Which in laymen's terms is more like 6 months at the minimum.
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