Domino XL Projects & Reviews

Domino XL Projects & Reviews.

Back in January of 2012, we selected professionals from hundreds of applicants to become test users for the Domino XL. They were supplied with a Domino XL and tenons in advance of the official launch so that we could learn more about how it fit into their shops and what advantages it offered.

The reactions from our focus group has been overwhelming positive and the advantages offered by the Domino XL over other types of joinery were quickly apparent. Below we're including links to some of the blogs, forum posts, YouTube video and more that have been supplied by the group. If you're interested in the Domino XL, these links offer very good information from professionals who make their living with their tools, just like you. While these reviews are on the Domino XL, the same principles and methods are shared by the Domino DF 500, just on a smaller scale.

Gregory Paolini -Custom Door Construction

Gregory is well known as an magazine contributor and author of several woodworking books. In this video, Gregory talks about how the Domino XL and other Festool power tools have integrated into his shop. Specifically, he shows how he uses the Domino XL for custom door construction and is able to significantly speed up the process. By his estimates, he saved an 35 hours of labor on this single project consisting of more than 2000 mortises.

My Three Sons, Luis Elizondo

Luis does a great job of comparing the Domino XL to all of the other forms of large scale joinery he's used in his shop including routing jigs, doweling machines, etc. He also demonstrates the Domino XL in action and shows several of the projects that he's used the Domino XL on.

Newton Fine Woodworking, Rob Bois - Domino XL Project Video

Rob has created a multi-part video showing the Domino XL being used in the construction of a table. His goal was to do the complete build in a single day. Head over to Rob's blog to read about the project and watch all of the videos from the project.

Joe Calhoon - Door and Window Construction

This is a great thread on the Festool Owners Group form by Joe Calhoon. Joe's company builds custom doors and windows and put the Domino XL up against his Hoffman Bore System doweling machine. The Domino XL was able to offer great advantages for joinery operations. Joe said, "I know the XL will run circles around a standard slot mortiser". Read what Joe has to say and check out the photos of his projects.

Half Inch Shy - Video Review

Paul-Marcel of the Half Inch Shy blog evaluates the Domino XL in this comprehensive video review. In the video, he also offers comparisons to the original Domino DF 500. You can find a lot of great video reviews of Festool products on his blog, so be sure to visit it and check out all of the other great resources.

Keith Jones - Furniture Construction

Visit Keith's blog to see a couple of different tables that he's built using the Domino XL for all of the joinery.

Keith says, "The Domino is really starting to shine as a go to tool in my shop. I had a commission for an Arts & Crafts style coffee table that had been languishing in my shop for too long. To be honest I had been dreading all the joinery involved in putting it together. So when I applied to be a test user for the new Domino XL I specifically mentioned the desire to have the XL for this project. The time and frustration I saved over traditional mortise and tenons (which I'm not the practiced at) alone would make me want to buy one of these machines!!!"

Leonard Custom Works - Door and Window Construction

Matt Leonard has been using the Domino XL to construct custom doors and windows. Matt claims that the Domino XL takes about 10-15 minutes to set up compared to about an hour with the mortiser that he previously used. The time savings offers a genuine competitive advantage and increases profitability. Check out his commentary in the video below and a photo of some of his work.

Robby Myer - "Building doors the easy way"

Robby takes an in depth look a the Domino XL and Domino DF 500 in this great article over on Gary Katz's This Is Carpentry blog. Follow Robby as he builds a custom door using the Domino for joinery. Robby said, "While sipping a brew, I got to thinking of other ways the XL could benefit my operation. We’re a custom door shop, first and foremost, so anytime I’m building a door from scratch there’s no doubt the XL will have a part in it—for building doors, this unit is a phenomenal time saver".

Ian Forsberg - Beam and Purlins

Ian has been using the Domino XL to align purlins to beams in the video below. The Domino tenons are great for quick, easy alignment of joints.

Brun Millworks - Architecture Elements

Tim Brun of Brun Millworks has been using the Domino XL to create large architecture elements for his clients. Here's a photo from one of his recent projects. The larger corbels are approximately six feet in length and all of the joinery was done with the Domino XL. Tim says that the Domino XL has saved him a lot of labor over other types of joinery, like shoulder joints, that he would traditionally use.

Tim offered the following evaluation of time savings using the Domino XL compared to traditional mortise and tenon construction techniques. Tim says, "On a large job with 36 brackets, and implementing the domino xl instead of a dovetailed shoulder joint, saving 30 minutes per bracket equates to saving 18 hours on the whole job. This is just a small example of how the domino xl saves time and will save labor in the shop".

  Traditional M&T Domino XL
Screen Door 75 mins. 15 mins.
Table Base 120 mins. 30 mins.
Shutter Rail & Stile 20 mins. 5 mins.
Large Corbels 45 mins. 15 mins.

360 Degrees - Outdoor Ipe Tables & Bench

Rob Binter and the gang at 360 Degrees used the Domino XL to produce a bunch of tables for outdoor use out of Ipe, which is known to be a very dense, hard wood. That's a lot of mortises. Rob also created a Cumar and Ipe bench.

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Victoria Wood Studio - Gate Construction

Victoria Wood Studio is located in Canada and they used the Domino XL and the original Domino DF 500 to construct this custom gate for a client. Dita of Victoria Wood Studio was pleased with the time savings and ease of construction using the Dominoes for the joinery on the project. Check out a photo gallery on their Facebook page for more documentation of this project.

Vitale Woodworking - Furniture Construction

Read a review of the Domino XL and see a table constructed with it on the Vitale Woodworking blog.

Sterling Staircase - Screen Door Construction

Sandy Thompson of Sterling Staircase & Handrail used the Domino XL to construction a custom set of mahogany sliding screen doors saying, "There is no comparison as to the speed and accuracy of the XL.".

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Inspired Woodworks - Window Construction

Jason Renz of Inspired Woodworks and Construction used the Domino XL to construct custom windows from African mahogany. Here's what he said to say about his experiences with the XL.

"The XL is an absolute beauty of a machine and has a ton of great qualities: e.g. the massive depth that the cutters are able to achieve, the ease of set-up and the ability to set up multiple mortises with the different pins. It has been a pleasure to use and it makes a small shop owner, like myself, feel like one of the big dogs."

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Dave Reinhold - Architectural Elements

Dave Reinhold builds some architectural brackets using the Domino XL.

Woodworker's Journal - Quick Look

Woodworker's Journal Magazine Editor in Chief Rob Johnstone takes a quick look at the new Domino XL. Some of the video offers a comparison with the original Domino DF 500.

Peter Parfitt - Domino XL Video Review

Peter is a writer for various woodworking publications in the U.K. He created a three part video review of the Domino XL which includes an overview of all of the features as well as applications and video of the Domino XL in use. You can also read some of his commentary in a thread on the Festool Owners Group forum.

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In the spirit of full disclosure, our focus group was supplied with the products for testing purposes. At the end of the test period, they will be offered a discount to purchase the Domino XL if they choose to keep it. Some posts are from editors that were also provided with the tool for evaluation purposes.