Using a biscuit joiner is a great way to enhance the quality of any furniture you make. This cuts two small holes, thereby allowing you to insert a biscuit that will strengthen the joint and improve the quality. This is one of those things that many DIY hobbyists will go without for a long time but once you’ve used one and seen the difference for yourself, you’ll not want to go back to working without them! But if you want to get the very top performance, then using a Domino joiner can take things up a level. Joining is conventionally a slow and awkward process but the Festool Domino Joining system uses pre-fabricated, beech and sipo Domino tendons and utilizes smart indexing features to ensure that the mortises are perfect every time. This uses a patented cutting action that you just won’t get anywhere else.
So how did the Festool 574447 XL DF 700 Domino Joiner Set hold up during our testing? And is it worth the significant premium that you’ll pay in order to use the device?
The Fastest Joiner in the West (And East!)
This is a very expensive joining tool and it is certainly only for people who are committed to their craft – most likely professionals.
The unique, patented cutting action really does make a big difference, oscillating to create perfect and precise mortises every single time. You can simply turn a dial in order adjust the mortises, thereby allowing for simple and easy alignment for joining panels. Indexing pins also aid with rapid alignment against the edge of your work surface, while tenons are up to 5-1/2 inch for larger scale projects.
This being a professional piece of equipment, it’s not exactly light or small. It’s a heavy, cumbersome machine but this does add to the solid feel in the hands and ensures that you can keep it nicely stable and in place. The larger size over the 500 model will allow you to make larger joints – though if you don’t need that, then you can save a little cash and go for a smaller machine.
Pros and Cons: Massive Power and Speed at a Price
When you move to this system, you’ll be able to create joins that are just as strong and powerful as any mortise and tenon joins. The difference is the speed and you can expect to complete the same work in a fraction of the time – a big plus for anyone who is working on a lot of joints over the course of a day. The additional features help you to ensure that measuring mistakes are a thing of the past too and everything just fits together perfectly. The power will allow for the deepest cuts in the hardest woods and in short, you get performance to match that price point. During the review period we made all kinds of cuts with this machine and nothing we could throw at it gave it pause. This really is the ‘Daddy’ and if you’re going to be making lots of joins, then it may well be worth it.
But that price point… this really is an expensive piece of machinery, make no mistake. And for those who don’t spend a lot of time in the gym, the weight and size may well be a little intimidating. It’s also not quiet – people will know when you’re working!
Ultimately, this is a high-end joiner that you’ll pay quite a bit of money for. Whether or not this is going to be worth it for you, is going to depend entirely on your intended use and whether or not you’re someone who needs that professional level of power.
For those who are going to be making furniture as a hobby, then getting a joiner can help to improve the end products but you don’t need to spend this much money. This is for those who do this as a day job and who are looking away to save a lot of time and to ensure they’re able to cut anything that comes their way.
At the end of the day, this product is results in the highest quality of furniture and for many, that will be worth the steep price of entry…