Video Collection: Festool DF 700 XL Domino Joiner
The new Festool Domino XL DF 700 Joiner is here. Think of the classic Festool Domino Joining machine, but supersized (kind of like "Honey I Blew Up the Kids"). Thanks to Festool it is now easier and quicker to produce precision, robust wooden joints. Think a benchtop mortising machine that's easier to control than most all handheld power tools.
The Domino XL DF 700 comes to the workpiece with you. Not the other way around. Supremely stable, even more so than it's predecessor, the DF 500 Domino, the new Domino XL is sure to be almost twice as efficient than traditional benchtop and stationary machines. That's 50% more time during the day to accomplish more and do what you want. The Domino XL is perfect for door as well as furniture construction while also excelling in the creation of solid wood joints.
What's it good for?
- Entry Doors
- Large Millwork Projects
So why's it so special?
- Maximum stability in joints up to a dowel size of 14 x 140 mm
- Patented routing principle unique to hand-held machines for accurate work with no kickbacks
- Saves more time compared to a stationary machine
- Multiple stops that are quick and easy to adjust, for accurate results
- Previously available Domino accessories compatible with the Domino XL DF 700
- Solid wood furniture
- Frame construction of house doors and interior doors
- Manufacturing of tables and chairs
- Folded and profiled door frames in furniture construction
- Connection of wide cornices (e.g. plates)
- Frame and stand constructions in non-supported timber structures (exterior and interior area)
Not meant to replace the original Domino DF 500, but rather to complement, the new DF 700 is not a furniture wizard like it's little brother. It excels where structural strength is needed. Designed for intuitive, efficient use on a wide range of projects. For example, it accomodates different sized joints for different sized projects. There are four tenon sizes (8,10,12,14mm). 8mm is just the right size for cabinet face frames, while the massive 14mm tenon provides long lasting support for bigger scale projects like doors and tables. Switching between tenon sizes is literally as simple as screwing a different sized cutter into the machine, taking only seconds and a push of a button. Spring loaded steel locating pins in the front face can be popped in or out, one at a time, allowing the user to place the precise mortises a set distance from the end of the stock, or even registered from a previous mortise. This simplicity helps eliminate mistakes associated with measuring, marking, or even just trying to move the tool into position.
For edge joining operations, like large panels, there's an adjustment for the mortise width that lets you create a loose fit for more maneuverability during assembly. For complex joinery that requires angled tenons, the XL adjusts from zero to ninety degrees with positive stops at zero, 22.5, 45 and 90 degrees. Thick stock is no challenge at all with an adjustable fence that allows changes from 10mm to 50mm (13/32" to 1-31/32"). Place offset or perfectly centered tenons with ease. Height adjustment is as simple as releasing a lever, sliding the fence up or down through a series of presets and then relocking the lever.
There's a lot to be said for superior, system oriented engineering, an opinion shared by British woodworker Peter Parfitt who has been using the XL fora few months now. His analysis: "This is one of the most brilliant, well engineered, rugged, safe to use, and joyful machines that I have ever had in my hands."
Consolidated FAQ / Q&A @ FOG.com on the Domino XL - Click Here Power Consumption:
Idle Engine Speed: 21,000 rpm
Depth Stop for Routing Depth: 15 - 70 mm
Domino Slot Cutters: 8, 10, 12, 14 mm
Routing Height Adjuster with Scale: 10 - 50 mm
Movable Stepped Stop: 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40 mm
Miter Routing: 0 - 90 Degrees
Hose Port Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 11.5 pounds
1 - 12 mm Domino Cutter
1 - Support Bracket
2 - Domino Tenon Storage Containers
20 - Beech Domino Tenons (12 x 100)
1 - T-Loc Systainer 5