Joining has always been a slow, difficult process. Never again, thanks to the Festool Domino joining system.The Festool 574432 Domino Joiner DF 500 Q Set B004SETSXE comes with the following : Cross stop, Domino DF 500 7/32 (5mm) cutter, Open ended spanner WAF8, Trim stop in a systainer sys 2 T-Loc.
The Domino joiner, with its revolutionary cutting method, simple indexing features and adjustable mortise sizing, makes flawless mortises every single time.
The Domino tenon is equally as impressive – it is 100% rotation-proof and far stronger than either biscuits or dowels. It also has a large gluing surface area for extra strength.
The unique, patented cutting mechanism consists of a spiral cutter with carbide tip that oscillates as it rotates to create perfect mortises time after time.
This action creates a clean entry for a perfectly flush surface while preventing heat build up in the tooling for long cutter life.
The Domino joiner is a simple tool to use with angle, depth and height adjustment scales with positive stops for repeated work and accurate indexing.
The included stop pins allow for consistent indexing against the workpiece edge which is critical for perfect alignment when joining panels. Create precise, solid joints for your largest or smallest projects.
The Domino is portable and ergonomic and lets you take the tool to the work for precise joint placement.
The adjustable fence for mitered and beveled joints ranges from 0 to 90º with positive stops at 22.5, 45, 67.5, and 90º. Straightforward adjustments for mortise width and depth, and material height.
An available range of tenon sizes and types for maximum joint stability across many different applications.
The Domino system is above all economical and efficient.
The fast, easy alignment and repeatability of accurate mortises dramatically reduces set-up time and enhances your quality of work.
The set version includes additional Festool accessories Trim Stop for registering on narrow pieces and Cross Stop for repeat mortise indexing. Made in Germany.
This was a tough purchase decision because of the high price and my previous experience with Festool products hasn’t been great. More on that later.This machine makes fast, acuurate and repeatable cuts thanks to the spacer tabs and guides included with this set. While it is not difficult to use there are a few quirks so definitely read the manual first so you don’t risk screwing up your very expensive tool. Speaking of expense it is worth noting that you only get the 5mm cutter with this set. To get the most out of it you will need to purchase the 4,6,8 and 10mm cutters. The combo pack that gets you these cutters and a tenon assortment will set you back another few hundred dollars so all in you will be dropping close to $1,500. It ain’t inexpensive but it is a unique and versatile machine that can boost shop efficiency enough to justify the price tag. In addition to making great loose tenon joints their connector kit adds extra utility for anyone who makes knock down furniture. The connectors are brilliant and put every other ready to assemble fastener system to shame.While I find the overall design to be very good I do have some gripes. The power switch feels flimsy and looks like it would be more at home on an off brand angle grinder than on a $1,000 dollar “premium” tool. This leads right into the second issue and that is the fairly soft return spring. If you are not careful it is very easy to push the cutter into the workpiece while pressing the power switch on so it is best to lock power switch on before placing machine on the workpiece. Even then it is necessary to excercise caution when placing the machine, accidently press too hard on the handle and you can end up cutting into the workpiece. This is why I would prefer a paddle switch. Complaint number three is the ridiculous removable power cord. Festool fanboys will argue this is a brilliant feature since you only need to plug in the one power cord and simply swap it from your Domino to your sander or whatever other tool you may be using. Makes perfect sense if you have a shop full of Festool brand tools but back in the real world where most of us have a shop full of various brands it is a useless feature. Just one more thing to have to attach and one more potential failure point. Given Festool’s tendency to use some components of dubious quality I would prefer a permanently attached cord to avoid a potential failure.Complaints aside I really do like the Domino. After a couple weeks I have gotten used to its quirks and it has improved my efficiency. Durability is a question mark. My only other experience with Festool is a sander that pooped out in short order so I am not sold on Festool build quality. It doesn’t help that the body of the Domino resembles a twenty dollar Chinese angle grinder. Thankfully it has a decent warranty.Update Aug 2019.After about 8 months of fairly light use I got the chance to experience Festool’s warranty service. That cheap Horror Freight style power switch failed as did the motor. The good news it their warranty service is excellent. Went to their website, filled out the service form and they provided a shipping label. Simple and painless. They ain’t kidding about their 2 day repair time. Based on UPS tracking info my Domino was in their hands for less than 48 hours. This kind of service certainly helps justify the hefty price.
Matthew S –
This is one incredibly useful, excellent piece of equipment. It does something that no other tool maker has attempted, and Festool aced it.There are many ways to make two pieces of wood stay together, and with $50 worth of hand tools and incredibly perfect technique, you can definitely do without this tool. I bought it because it allows me to be highly accurate, extremely fast, and almost entirely eliminated ruining workpieces and having to spend extra money on more material to start over with parts of projects. I can assemble a project in 1-2 hours with the Domino that would have required I spend 20-30 hours with a mixture of hand tools and power tools to accomplish.The other thing this saves me is a huge amount of garage space. No need for me to own a bunch of tenon cutting jigs/sleds or a stand mortiser and a plunge router setup just for cutting mortises. I like that a lot.Pros:Saves timeSuper accurateAvoids ruining workpiecesHelps me save shop space on all of the tools I’d need to use to reproduce the functionality this hasCons:Cost enough to cause marital heartburn
Matthew S –
I recognize Festo polarizes folks into supporters justifying paying the premium and strong haters for the lack of better wording. I am a big fan 2nd generation Festo user in a semi professional environment. No Festo device has ever failed except the batteries of my first drill after 12 years of usage and I consider function, build in settings, rulers and vacuum efficiency superior. With that said, I delayed buying the Domino 500Set because 1040$ is steep and being forced into original Festo dowels is another long term tax. I finally gave in starting a new furniture project. So far the Domino does everything as advertised, i.e. clean, fast and precise repeatable jobs. The pre-configured settings make setting-up and changing dowel sizes very quick. The guardrails and indicators are well designed and correctly calibrated out of the box. The vacuum capture rate is excellent as for most Festo tools. I do like the pseudo square dowels over regular round dowels or biscuits for most projects. Why not 5 stars? While Festo always runs at a premium price, I find the Domino 500/700 exceptionally expensive relative to what it does (compare with Festo routers) and I do agree with some of the other commenters that some of the jig extensions appear uncharacteristically flimsy and delicate, certainly not what I would expect at this price and I see myself replacing them every now and then in future. I hope its not a trend for new Festo machines to go overboard on price and underwhelm on component/attachment quality.
when I saw what Photo 3 showed, I spent a couple of minutes to find other bits in the box, then I finally found I am the stupid, so I wrote a sensational review which didn’t pass the amazon’s examination and they called my review “profane”. I admit it. I tried the machine it showed great results. But the 6th try on walnut, I found the slots were too short for the dominos. I adjusted the depth to 20mm from 15mm, and the photo1 and 2 showed the results. and the machine became pretty hot. I read all ” questions and answers” and couldn’t figure out the problem.I asked Amazon for a replacement, they asked the reasons and told me that I only could return to the company even it sold by Amazon. That’s Ok, I printed the label for Amazon Lockers.Today I received a new email from Amazon, There won’t have a replacement. “I will love to create replacement as per your request but Upon checking the order details I found that the item was sold by the seller listed on our website. Because the seller’s inventory is constantly changing the system won’t allow me to do so. I hope you understand.”As I am writing the review, The Amazon showes “there are two left, order soon”.
Wojciech T. –
My first Festool piece and I must say that now I understand what is that hype all about. The quality is outstanding, the engineering is marvellous. Dust collection is perfect even with the 3rd party DC unit and hose. The most important part, the unit does its job perfectly.
Wojciech T. –
Jarrett Anderson –
Everything was great! Not a single thing to complain about. I use it for my table leg and tabletop joinery.
Jarrett Anderson –