Festool’s Domino DF 500 joiner is an excellent device for slip-tenon joinery. Nevertheless, it may be difficult to register it on the ends of slender items, whether or not mitered or sq.. Whereas Festool presents attachments for mortising slender elements, they’re considerably restricted in use. The choice is making your individual jigs to register the joiner on slender work.
Lee Valley’s new Veritas Joinery Desk solves this downside and makes all types of different Domino joinery simpler and extra correct, on each sq. and mitered items. Fabricated from Baltic-birch plywood and topped with laminate, with a inflexible base that clamps simply to the workbench, the desk makes use of the threaded holes within the Domino’s base to mount it consistent with an extended aluminum fence. A Baltic-birch aspect fence registers workpieces at 90° or 45°, the place they are often locked securely with pivoting clamps.
I particularly just like the setup gauge that permits you to reverse the plywood fence’s place precisely from one aspect of the Domino to the opposite, for mortising all the elements of a body, whether or not sq. or mitered. There are slots and threaded inserts within the desk to carry the fences and clamps supplied, plus any shopmade fences you select so as to add.
Proper out of the field, I made a small mitered body that will have been clumsy to mortise with the Domino alone; it took simply 5 minutes with the desk. And I used to be capable of make the mortises tight for simpler meeting, as an alternative of getting to go away wiggle room to compensate for barely inaccurate setups.
The Veritas Domino Joinery Desk is a superb addition to an excellent device. My solely quibble is that it isn’t suitable with the bigger Domino DF 700.
—Roland Johnson is a contributing editor.
Pictures: Roland Johnson
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