I consider myself a complete amateur when it comes to woodworking. i've made a few projects with some mortise and tenon joinery (i find mortises kind of tedious). i really want to buy a festool domino. however, i almost feel a sense of guilt over purchasing the domino. not because of the huge price tag, but more over the shortcut that it provides me. i know mortise and tenon joinery is at the core of fine woodworking. if i had the domino, i can pretty much guarantee my traditional mortise/tenon fabrication would fall by the wayside and i would rely heavily on the domino. With that said, do i purchase the domino anyways or do i pay my woodworking dues and cut my teeth on tradition
I personally enjoy cutting a traditional m&t. I do it because it gives me an opportunity to practice important skills such as accurate lay out. Is using a domino cheating Allow me to answer that question with another question. Is using a table saw cheating
this is exactly what im talking about. i certainly wouldn't call myself \"proficient\" at cutting these joints as i haven't done a lot of them. i would say that i can lay them out and cut them, but it takes me a while to do so....hence my domino desire. im just wondering if getting a tool like this so early in my woodworking path is in poor judgement.
If I can get the job done with a power tool then thats what I'll use. I dont find the need to take more time than needed to accomplish a task. Most M&T joinery is not exposed so I see no real need to make it look hand done whether its a table saw tenon or a domino either way the job jets done. Even if it needs to look hand done like a dovetail, I'll still use power tools as much as possible. You certainly don't need to feel bad for being efficient. I really doubt the inventor of the mortice and tenon joint would have been cutting them by hand if he would have had a domino tool.
I'm not a neanderthal spy. LOL What I meant to say was using a domino is no more cheating than using a table saw to rip a board. I just happen to enjoy cutting M&T joints. True they are hidden and don't need to be perfect, that's why I like to hand cut them. If I make them less than perfect nobody will ever know but I still get to learn from the experience. Besides, I can't afford a domino but from the reading I've done it's one nice tool that does a great job and makes a nice sturdy joint.
I was just doing some research on dominos and am quite impressed with Festools system, but I have yet to invest in one. So I was thinking of putting it on my christmas wish list although I did have one question.How do these dominos stand up for exterior projects and are there specific dominos for outdoor projects like the one you wrote about here
This is a great tool so far. However, I would really like to see this:1) support for the line of festool domino and compatible joinery2) support for standard mortise & tenon, box joints, dovetails3) support for the range of Knapp panel connectors4) support for drawer slide placement, both standard 1/2\" rails as well as simple wooden slides (non rails) 59ce067264