Thursday, April 19, 2012

Domino Crib Sheet - Grain and Angles - 4 topics

I'll admit, I didn't know I shot that much video the day I played with Domizilla; still editing it down into bite-sized pieces :)

Today's Domino topics revolve around being aware of the types of glue joints you can make with a Domino and how they differ from those of a traditional mortise-and-tenon (M&T: meticulous & time-consuming :) kidding! hey, put down that pitchfork...)

Other topics involve miter joints (not too tricky) and mortising on a bevel (can be tricky).  My Angle Madness project has a number of crazy bevels to be joined with the Domino so getting this right is important or re-learning all that math is for naught!

By the way, I haven't forgotten that project, but this Domizilla character kinda shook up the shop for a weekend...

For disclosure, I received the Domino XL early as part of the Test Drive program, which requires testers to return the full kit on June 1, 2012 or allows the testers to purchase it at a small discount.


  • srjaynes49 said...


    Take a look at the Kreg Jig web site and look for angled pocket hole joints.

    There's a trick which basically mates an angled bevel to a 90 degree end. Then the extra length is trimmed flat. That has severel advantages in that it avoids the fragile double bevels meeting and it also provides maximum depth for the pocket hole screw effective hole length. The pocket hole is drilled on the 90 degree mating piece and the screw penetrates into the one beveled edge.

    That same trick should improve the available length for a loose tenon (Domino) joint in the same or similar construction. Let me know what you think.

    Steve J.
    Portland, OR

  • suggie said...

    Paul,Did you type all the captions on this video...very distracting.Bob Lindh,Western Pa.

  • suggie said...

    Paul..Disregard my post on captions....I did not realize I had the Captions turned on by mistake,Bob Lindh,Western Pa.

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Ha! That's funny, Bob... I wondered because I re-watched it and only saw the capiton before each section of the video. Worse for you is that those captions you accidentally turned on were machine generated and Google's machines don't understand my speech :)

  • Unknown said...

    your videos are helpful to me since i just got the domino jointer, i needed to know the basics and for now i got some, can you show how to choose and change a bit with each size domino ? the 4mm the 6 mm etc... and thank you

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Choosing a Domino size is somewhat similar to sizing a tenon in traditional mortise and tenon joinery: look to size the Domino at around 1/3 the size of the stock it is inserted into. Doesn't have to be exact.

    For changing the bit, look in the manual. All you do is slide off the fence and use the wrench to remove/insert the bit while holding the rotational lock button on the side.