The Domino XL DF-700 has thicker and longer tenons than the original Domino DF-500. When you're building larger structures, these can be used alone or in an array of mortises to create strong joints. While an array of Dominos can provide a lot of glue surface and twist resistance all while being easy to layout and plunge, sometimes you'd be even better served using much wider tenons.
Wider tenons are even faster to layout and plunge than an array and are easy to drawbore or peg for even more mechanical strength and simplified glue-ups.
The largest tenons you can make and directly use with the Domino are 14mm thick, 140mm long, and 68mm wide (for us 'mericans, that's a little over 5 1/2" long by a little less than 2 3/4" wide). These things look like PopTarts more than Dominos!
In this video, I'll show you the simple procedure that uses the Domino's pin fence to create three oversized mortise widths quickly and easily. If you've watched my procedure for oversized mortises with the original Domino DF-500, it was a little awkward and relied a lot on lining up the cursor for each plunge. It works and I've used it many times, but the procedure is all mechanical with the Domizilla and therefore very fast!
The one caveat is that your centered pencil line is not in the center of these oversized mortises. If you locate the first plunge of the mortise using other means (say, the cross stops or fence pins) and mirror the plunges (i.e., on one board start with the right pins, on the other use the left pins), everything will line up perfectly. If you really want to center on a pencil line (and I do actually), you need to modify your Domino's cursor to add hairlines at 3, 4, and 6mm from the centerline. This is really easy to do and I show you the procedure at the end of the video for those who want to stick it out.
The cursor is a replacement part so if you are concerned that you may not want to mark up your cursor or that you'll botch it up, the replacement part number is #701458 and can be directly ordered from Festool USA for $3.21. I may start bugging people at Festool to modify their cursors to include all the lines from 2mm out as this procedure could greatly benefit people building fences, gates, doors, out-buildings, and monster conference tables.
If you do add the additional hairlines, you'll need to recalibrate the cursor to your Domino. The procedure is really easy; that link is for a video showing it on the DF-500 though it is identical for the Domizilla (in fact, the part number of the cursor is the same for both :)
The following table shows you the widths of the mortises for each of the 4 bits sizes for all 4 mortise widths (the exact width as you'd normally use plus the three oversized mortises this procedure produces):
|Bit Size||Single Plunge||Two Plunge||Three Plunge||Four Plunge|
Here are the offsets for centering the mortise on the pencil line. These assume the pins used in the video; that is, left-inside, right-middle, left-outside; if you mirror the pins, flip the left/right designator in the table:
|Two Plunge||Three Plunge||Four Plunge|
|6mm to right||3mm to left||4mm to right|
"6mm to right" means put the pencil line on the 6mm line to the right of the center line.
Note that thought the bit size increases by 2mm for each row, the widths for a type of mortise only increase by 1mm.
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.