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History and description
This tool, first on sale in 2007, cuts mortises in the manner of a biscuit joiner. A drill-like rotating cutter cuts a round-ended mortise. Each plunge creates a mortise that is sized to accept a Domino loose tenon, creating joints in stock from 22.2 millimetres (0.87 in) wide. There are five cutter sizes (4 mm, 5 mm, 6 mm, 8 mm and 10 mm) for six different Domino tenon sizes. Self-referencing pins allow the cutting of rows of evenly spaced mortises with no need to measure and mark. Mortise width is adjustable in three increments with the turn of a knob, and cuts can be overlapped for long mortises. Fence tilts from 0-90°, with stop positions at 0°, 22.5°, 45°, 67.5°, 90°.
The Domino XL is, as the name implies, the Domino's larger cousin. It uses the same cutter design as the original Domino, yet uses much larger tenons.
- Allows very quick joinery, useful in a commercial carpentry setting.
- Flat tenons resists torquing.
- Stronger than a biscuit joiner.
- High tool cost comparative to other joinery methods
- Proprietary tenons (dowels) required
- Noise and dust (dust extraction required)
- Biscuit joiner — general page on biscuit joinery methods
- Dowelmax — another loose tenon joinery system
- Dowels - general Page on Dowels
- Beadlock - another tenon joinery system
- Asa Christiana (March 1, 2007). "Editor's Review: Festool Joinery System Takes on Mortises". Fine Woodworking. No. 190.