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Festool DOMINO DF 500 Q-Plus Jointing Machine
Festool DOMINO DF 500 Q-Plus Jointing Machine
£584.96 (£487.47 Ex. VAT)

Festool DOMINO DF 500 Q-Plus Jointing Machine

  • Unique jointing system using DOMINO® shaped wooden dowels
  • Patented routing principle with a wide range of adjustment options
  • Stop positions for hole centres 16, 20, 22, 25, 28 & 40mm
  • Depth stops at 12, 15, 20, 25 and 28mm
£584.96 (£487.47 Ex. VAT)

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The 'DOMINO' is a unique jointing system using rounded loose tenons to join timber giving very strong accurate and precise joints. Combining exceptional versatility with simple handling for maximum precision, the DOMINO has a patented routing principle with a wide range of adjustment options to make it extremely easy to use. The machine's fence can be adjusted to cut slots centrally in 5 pre-set timber thicknesses and manually adjusted for other thicknesses. The dowels can be placed centrally, offset, in pairs or groups. There are retractable stops for accurate positioning from the edge of the work piece. The jointer fence can be adjusted to 5 pre-set angles and is also infinitely variable between 0 and 90°. There are 6 different sizes of DOMINO available.

Various accessories increase the versatility of the DOMINO: Support bracket which is a simple right angle bracket that attaches to the base of the Domino with two thumb screws, this can be used to add surface area to the face of the Domino to increase stability during use. Trim stop to help align narrow wooden strips between 22 and 70mm centrally, plus it can also be used for mitre cuts. Cross stop, which is used for repeat hole spacing between 100 and 205mm without the need for marking the work. Handrail fence and DF-stop for reducing dowel centre from 37 to 20mm. This can be used to add surface area to the face of the Domino to increase stability during use.

Supplied as a DOMINO Q-Plus version complete with: The D5 cutter (for the 5 x 30mm) support bracket and Festool SYSTAINER® T-LOC case SYS 2.

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Specification

Specification

Cutter Depth Stops 12, 15, 20, 25 and 28mm
Domino Cutter Sizes 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10mm
Dowel Sizes 4 x 20mm to 10 x 50mm
Dust Extraction Outlet 27mm
Height Adjustment with Scale 5-30mm
Mitre Angle Range 0 - 90°
Model DF 500 Q-Plus
Movable Stepped Stops 16, 20, 22, 25, 28, 36 and 40mm
Nett Weight 3.2kg
Power 420W
Rating Industrial
Speed 24,300rpm
Reviews (6)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.9 out of 5 based on 6 reviews

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Chippy

10 January 2016

High price and limited

I'm s a joiner with 25 years experience. The domino has definitely changed the way site joinery is done and it has a place in the workshop. For people who have to make basic joints on site or are unskilled in cutting joints, or do not have access to workshop machines, this tool is indispensable. I've had years to hone my skills at cutting joints by hand and using woodworking machinery and using this tool for some jobs will mean they will fly together.
But this tool is definitely not the answer to everything as some are led to believe. 90% of my joinery requires a rabbit,groove or a moulding of some sort, depending on the size of the section this can seriously affect the depth limit of the domino. The smaller domino machine only has a maximum depth of 28mm so if you cut the dominos before rabbiting a 10mm rabbit the domino will only have a depth of 18mm. In my opinion that's not enough to replace a mortise and tenon joint on, say a kitchen door. Glazing bars or similar rails are also not possible.
I wouldn't be happy using the domino machine on external joinery. Draw board joints are not possible, haunches cannot be achieved with the domino which can lead to rails twisting. A wide tenon is far more stronger than multiple dominos and the gaps left between the dominos where end grain and long grain meet will be weak.
But all of this wouldn't be so much of an issue if the domino system was cheaper. For me dominos are too expensive to be used for simple alignment of boards e.g. table tops. For the price of 1000 dominos you could buy a good quality biscuit jointer and 1000 biscuits, the biscuit jointer would pay for itself over and over. I'm also worried about buying too many dominos for stock in case the swell up from moisture in the air as do biscuits,but because of the depth a biscuit has to go and they are inexpensive I always have plenty of biscuits at hand.
I know some people who have both domino machines for that price you could set up a mortise and tennoning system in a workshop.
This is a great machine and the speed that simple joinery goes together it will pay for itself in the long run,but because of its price and high running costs makes its limitations a serious consideration before purchasing.
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Frank Owen

23 October 2013

Festool does it again!

This is a wonderful machine and superbly engineered. I found the manual unclear in some respects (other than safety) but after lookking at the Festool video on their site it became obvious. Its expensive but worth it even if you do mortise & tenons not too often. I have a tenoning machine but doubt that I shall use it much in future as the Festool item is so quick.
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Geoff Smith

28 September 2013

If you can do.........

...buy one. I have a BD and AD time period for my woodworking. Before and After Domino. Really unique and acurate machine.....and dust free with the extractor.As good, if not better that everyone says.
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Martin Van Walsum

28 September 2010

Amazing!

This machine feels light in one's hands and so safe to use! Smooth, quiet, accurate and versatile - delicate in its refinement but very intent on delivering perfection and strength.
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Anonymous

16 March 2009

Must have

This is possibly the best machine you could add to your workshop, It saves huge amounts of time and the joints are accurate and strong. The Domino variety box with cutters is a must as you will find all sorts of uses straight away.

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