The making of a great wood working joint

A month back I completed a commission, which was a large European oak dining table. It seats 6 people and has a glass top.

The pictures above so the sequence from start to finish. The tool I wanted to test on this project was my Festool Domino Cutter. I have had it a year or so and used it for various operations but all fairly mundane, such as solid corner post and cabinet construction.

When I was designing this table I was considering joints and going through in my head how I might do it. Because of the size of the table and weight i didn’t even consider the domino at first. After a few mock ups i decided to try the domino and cut a test joint. Even with the joint dry it was so strong and went together with ease. That was it i was going for it. I decided on a layout for the domino’s using the guides and scales on the machine (why make it difficult)

Joints cut I put it together dry and clamped it down. What a joint, really strong and no play whatsoever. I cleaned up all the timber prior to gluing and got some help to glue up. It wasn’t really needed but it was a precaution. Whenever glue goes on things tend to behave differently.

This is a substantial oak table with a glass top and the Domino joints in this are perfect. It is definitely a tool which can perform and produce really strong joints. It has proved to me that this tool will be used a lot in the coming year.


One last thing it is very neat in terms of not producing dust and shavings when using a extractor. There is no waste in the air or your lungs

Brighton University visit

On the 20th of December I visited Brighton University to have a tour around their facilities. It was aimed at the 3d printers, CNC and laser cutters. We were greeted by Rob king who runs the workshops and over a nice coffee we discussed what we wanted to get out of the day.

We moved down into the expansive workshops

What struck me the most with the workshops appearance was how organised and clean they were. This facility was designed and used for the Student teachers learning Design and Technology subjects ready for teaching in Secondary schools.

We were shown examples of work that had been produced. this varied from making wooden moulds to plastic adjustable spanners. The technology really opens up possibilities for furniture making and furniture design.

The laser cutter has given me a few ideas how I could signature my furniture in the future.