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

Festool Domino jointer

Well I have finally done it and bought myself a Domino cutter from Festool. After hours of searching around Axminster tools centre offered the best value and an impressive array of extras.

today I have been making some simple pieces of furniture to test out the new kit. It is very simple to use and all the preset dials make life so easy.

below is the fruits of my labour today.

Oak shelving made with a Festool Domino cutter