There are two types of joiners; biscuit and domino. While biscuit joiners are more common, the fact is that domino joiners are the superior tool. A domino joiner includes many features that allow for a better joint and significantly more applications than a biscuit joiner. Consider this powerful tool for a significant boost in your woodworking arsenal.
Domino tenons come in a wide range of length, width, and thickness. Biscuit splines only come in four sizes, all of which are the same thickness. The Festool Domino Joiner DF 700 accommodates an incredible range of 14 tenons of differing sizes, making its applicability significantly more varied than a biscuit joiner. Even in basic applications, the domino joiner is capable of creating a stronger and more durable joint.
Cross and Trim Stop
Due to its variability, a domino joiner works a bit differently from a biscuit joiner. Cross stops and trim stops have been added to this tool’s arsenal to compensate for the adjustment and of course to add usability. The cross stop allows for repeated cuts into thicker woods or plywood. The trim stop offers perfect alignment for same-width pieces. The trim stop is especially important because domino joins aren’t as forgiving as biscuit joins, they need to be perfectly aligned to work. This might seem like more of a con than a pro, but this adds to joint strength. A biscuit join will offer some wiggle room, but an uneven join won’t be as strong as a precise one.
A handrail addition allows domino joins in round or curved wood pieces. This is just another way the domino joiner is useful in a wide variety of applications. It’s not possible to add biscuit joins to rounded or curved wood, so the best option to do so is to use a domino joiner.
Domino tenons come in Beechwood and Sipo (mahogany), which creates even more variability in their application. Beechwood tenons are used for indoor projects, while Sipo tenons are used for outdoor projects. Once again, biscuit joiners do not offer this option. Biscuit tenons are made of composite wood and are not suitable for outdoor projects.
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