Festool Domino DF 700 Joiner

WOOD WORKING BY DESIGN

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This image shows the Festool Domino DF 700 joiner power tool right out of its Systainer protective box.
Topics of Discussion

Topics I will be covering on this webpage are:

Background

I love this power tool! It's not perfect, but very close to it.

The Domino allows me to join two boards together in much less time that it would normally take using traditonal joinery such a mortise-and-tenon or box joints, for example.

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What you see above are the long boxes that my 750 mm beech Domino tenons came in.

I prefer floating-tenons in my work so the Domino fits my work ethic perfectly. For more on floating-tenons you can jump to this page.

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Shown in this image are the Festool 8, 12 and 14 mm Domino beech tenons that I use.
Festool Domino Links

Below are links to the Domino DF 700 joiner and the Domino tenons.

The Festool tenons come in all varieities, but I prefer the long versions. I am never sure how long I will need my Domino tenons to be, so having the long beech tenon sticks allows me to tailor them to fit my own projects.

Crafting 3-inch Wide Domino Mortises

The following images will show how I created a 3-inch wide mortise with the Domino 700. The process is as follows:

Setting Your Scribe Marks

In this example my goal is the create a 3-inch mortise that is approximately 1/2-inch in height. To do this we will use the 12mm Domino cutter or bit. (Note. 12mm is approximately 1/2-inch.) The Dominos are

Some Helpful Metric Conversion Math

How many inches are in a meter? The answer is 39.37-inches = 1 meter and 1 meter = 100 centimeters (cm) = 1000 millimeters (mm). To determine how many centimeters or millimeters are in 1 inch we simply divide as follows:

100 cm / 39.37 in = 2.54 cm/in. In other words, there are 2.54 cm per inch = 25.4 mm per inch.

This info will be useful to us as we proceed.

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What you see in the image is a Festool domino tenon protruding from the side of a board. The domino is basically an elliptical hardwood floating-tenon.

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If we compare the digital readout to our math above it is truly amazing how accurate the Domino is. That is some damn good engineering especially when you consider the fact that these are mass produced power tools. Festool's quality assurance is spot on. While we may pay a premium for these tools, wthout a doubt we get a superior tool in return.

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What you see above are three 12mm (height) x 25mm (width) plunged mortises precisely spaced to become a 3-inch mortise.

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Looking at the image above, there are five scribe marks used to make the 3-inch mortise.

The left, middle and right scribe marks (centered over the plunged mortises) are used to make the plunged mortises you see in the image. Once these are plunged, I set the Domino to plunge on the two short scribe marks with the x's. These plunges will clean up the remainder of the stock between the three domino mortises. When done you will have a clean 3-inch mortise as shown in the next image.

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Here is our accurately plunged 3-inch mortise.

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This image shows two types of floating-tenons protruding from a door I built.

The tenons on the left are normally-plunged Domino floating-tenons. The tenon on the right is the 3-inch style just described. The tenon on the right is also the corner of the door and I prefer a stronger tenon because corner joints are susceptible to more stress than non-corner joints.

Why its not perfect

IMO, the Domino only has one drawback and that is the cutter to fence height. For most Domino projects this will not be an issue, but when joining sheet goods together it can present some challenges. Fortunately, these can be easily overcome with some thought.

For an indepth solution to this drawback, take a look at how I solve this shortcoming on this page.

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