Domino Joiner Guide

Festool Domino Joiner: A System That Joins Everything

Joining has always been a slow, difficult process. Never again, thanks to the Festool Domino joining system. The system consists of the portable Domino joiner that cuts mortises and pre-fabricated beech (indoor) and sipo (outdoor) Domino loose tenons. The Domino joiner, with its revolutionary cutting method (spiral cutter rotates and oscillates), simple indexing features and adjustable mortise sizing, makes flawless mortises every single time. 100% rotation-proof, solid wood tenons make for long-lasting joints – stronger than biscuits and more flexible than dowels. The versatility of this tool and the accessory options make the manufacturing of solid joints nearly effortless, even in complex applications ranging from furniture and cabinet making to trim carpentry and custom millwork. The Domino has completely revolutionized the way tradesmen join wood.

Domino Joiner Benefits

  • Easy and accurate adjustments
  • Simple and precise mortising
  • Retractable stop flaps for rapid joint alignment
  • Domino tenons: More flexibility than dowels and better strength than biscuits
  • Viewing window - makes for easy placement of mortises
  • Five different precise routing depths with Depth stop
  • Dial system allows for simpler joint alignment
  • Kickback Reduction - with patented oscillating cutter action
  • Efficient – create long-lasting mortise and tenon joints quickly with not expense to durability

Joining Applications

Quickly and securely construct furniture, cabinets, frame and panel assemblies, face frames, doors and drawers. Perfect for aligning and reinforcing faces or edges for glue-ups, skirt boards, carcasses, frames, door and window casing. All applications where a durable, long lasting joint is required are possible with the Domino joining system. The unique cutting action and adjustable hole widths make loose tenon joinery faster, easier, and more accurate than ever before. The Domino tenon is designed to fit precisely into the mortise created by the tool. These tenons have glue expansion slots designed into their surface to ensure a good, strong joint.

Effective Accessories

Aligning boards is as simple as making the first cut and then using the optional cross-stop (included with the set versions) with indexing pins for repeat mortise spacing. Mortises can easily and repeatedly be made centered or offset into the ends of thin or round stock using the optional trim stop (included with the set versions) or handrail fence (optional). Experience the Festool Domino Joiner and join the revolution!

The Domino DF 500

  • Domino DF 500: The original and smallerof the two Domino Joiners
  • Ideal for cabinet/furniture work as well as joining trim
  • Can handle material down to 1/2” thick
  • Can cut mortises up to 28mm (1.1”) deep
  • Available cutter sizes range from 4 to 10mm thick

The Domino XL DF 700

  • Domino XL DF 700: Designed for larger millwork; custom doors, windows, and outdoor gates as well as large tables and benches
  • Stronger motor, longer bits, thicker shaft and larger plunge throat
  • Can handle material down to 1” thick
  • Cuts mortises up to 70mm (2-3/4") deep
  • Cutter sizes range from 8 to 14 mm thick