Saturday, February 19, 2011

Festool Domino Joiner Review

This is a video review I prepared for a contest over on the FOG.  The contest is over now, but I'm trickling in some of the more interesting reviews onto my blog.  If you visit the Half-Inch Shy channel on YouTube, they are all there.

This review is on the Domino Joiner.  It's long, but the Domino has a lot going on so you might just want to grab an amber before sitting down to cue it up.  There are 4 videos in this playlist.  The first is an overview of the Domino itself.  The second is mostly on the tenons and, yes, there's some important details to them.  The third is a demo making a few joints and pointing out some better ways to use it (this video could be days long if you went into all the joints you can make and their trade-offs).  The fourth is possibly the most interesting being that I destroy some joints I made the night before and we look at their failures; the reasons behind the failures are in the second video on the tenons.

Okay, make that two ambers...

Here's a link to the thread on the FOG where I posted it in case you're interested in some of the feedback.


  • StutterinNick said...

    I've been searching your reviews for some way to calibrate the trim stops because mine are off too. It's not a full mm but somewhere between 0.5-0.6mm as after 4 mortises I'm around 2.2mm off. It is really frustrating, something I am not used to with my Festools. Using paper or cardstock shims in the connectors seems to help but I was hoping for something more concrete. Any chance Festool has fixed this?

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Hi, Nick,

    I don't know of a way to calibrate the trim stops. I still have the tape on one saying to compensate by a millimeter.

    Usually when I use the trimstops, I start with an exact-size mortise in both stock. This is the anchor Domino. From there, use the trimstops with the Domino set at the medium mortise width; this will make overly-wide mortises so the small alignment error doesn't become a problem. Not the best thing, but works for me.