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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-08-2015, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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Default Festool DF 500 Domino Joiner

Guys this looks like a great tool when I watched the video and at Windsor Plywood they can't say enough good things about it .
But its big bucks . I sure like the video when he attaches the front on the cabinet . I realize that could be done with pocket screws but this has its place to I believe .
Can anyone justify owning one of these for the hobbyist ?



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I had a DF500 and loved it, that is until I was bought the DF700XL as a present, now that is a machine.

I bought the Seneca adapter/shims which allow the use of the DF500 cutters on the DF700XL and decided to sell the DF500 (as a hobbyist I couldn't really justify owning both Dominos) and used the money recouped to by a Festool Tracksaw Outfit.

I have been building an MFTC over the past few weeks (bit here, bit there) and so far have used over 50x 4mm Dominos in its build, all cut beautifully and safely with the DF700XL.

The DF700XL is a heavier machine and can do mortices up to 70mm deep (depending on the cutter used), but has better ergonomics than the DF500, so I personally find it easier to use than the smaller, lighter model.

Both Domino Machines are great bits of kit and were an absolute game changer for me as I can produce excellent, fast superb fitting mortices where I need them and for the odd job, even produce my own hardwood Dominos.

The oversized 8mm Iroko Doinos shown below were specifically made to join the nine assorted 60-100mm x 1800mm x 24mm Iroko boards which I was putting together to make a Garden Gate for my next door neighbour, I used 5x in each joint (40 in total). I was advised to either make my own Dominos or purchase the Festool SIPO Dominos (silly expensive) as it was for external use. They were made to fit the wider slot of the DF700XL and to make them I just cut some Iroko 8mm x 24mm x 1800 lengths, ran them across a 3/16" round-over bit on router table on all four sides and cut them into 60mm long lengths using the SCMS.

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Thank you Eddie

Geez this is going to be a 2K hit lol. I was thinking the 700 would be more future proof . Interesting to know you find it nicer to use than the 500

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