Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Angle Madness! - Dominoing the Drawer Tiers

Finally got a chance to get back at editing this video; apologies, work got crazy.

In this episode, we'll Domino the curly Maple shell of the diamond-shaped cabinet tiers for a dry fit.  We can only do a dry fit for now since there's a whole drawer webbing to make on the inside as well as the top and bottom veneered panels (next episode!)

Using the Domino on a bevel angle has a few challenges mostly with being precise so you get a perfect dry-fit joint that doesn't require a clamp to fight the mis-aligned Domino.  There are ways to correct for that, and I go over it a bit in this episode.

Since Dominos on a beveled edge can get close to the outside show surface, there are also considerations beyond the obvious: don't pop through!  Careful placement and glue-up will avoid finishing problems later.

Midway through, I made a comment that inside the mortises, it's all end-grain.  On a bevel like these, that's the case and that presents glue-up issues.  I went over this a bit in a separate Domino Crib Sheet video.

Grab a latté and cue it up!

...and thanks for watching :)


  • Mark Rhodes said...

    Hey Paul, that looks a very complicated build, not sure I would of liked to tackle it anyways. I think my brain would of fried with all those angles! Do you think there was an easier way of joining the whole lot up?? Could you of used splines for example?

  • ChrisHasFlair said...

    Great use of the Domino. The joints look great and will probably be the best for an easy and strong glue-up.

    I noticed that this video is quite short by your standards. I vote to keep them long as long as it's not all filler. We don't want to see 1/2" putty between those mitres, y'know?


  • Ben Strano said...

    I'm glad you turned off the camera when you went to "go do #2". Your viewers appreciate that!

  • Anonymous said...

    I was going to say the same thing as Ben did. :-)

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Hi, Mark... well splines I think would be more complicated... you'd need the spline groove perpendicular to the bevel surface and it's a stopped groove so you couldn't just tip the tablesaw blade to the complementary angle and run it. It's fast with the Domino.

    You have a great product idea, Chris: curly Maple putty :)

    And thanks to the peanut gallery :) I'll be sure to keep the #2s off the camera! (But thanks to Ben, I have a good soundtrack for it!)

  • Unknown said...

    Hello Paul
    My Domino is driving me crazy, its new and it does not index off the scale correctly. Have you ever heard problems like this? If I use a pencil mark and cut the mortise insert the domino the marks are always offset. Maybe there is something with the scale being out of sync with the cutter. Would you recommend sending it in, would like your opinion and enjoy watching the videos, they got me into buying the tool. Thanks

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Hi, Michael,

    That's a fairly common problem and one that will take a few minutes to correct. I did to mine many years ago and have never had to redo the calibration... well, except for the video that shows you how to do it!

    Here's the entry... give it a watch then watch it again while doing the calibration. The more careful you are with it, the better the results; my corner joints usually come out so flush that only light sanding makes them perfect.

    Calibrating the Festool Domino Cursor