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    I almost died last night.

    I was reading the plans for a small table in WOOD magazine. They reccomended using a Festool hand held mortiser for the job. Methinks, "could be handy", looked up at Amazon. Saw price, heart stopped. Woke up later thinking there has to be another way.
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I was reading the plans for a small table in WOOD magazine. They reccomended using a Festool hand held mortiser for the job. Methinks, "could be handy", looked up at Amazon. Saw price, heart stopped. Woke up later thinking there has to be another way.
    If you had posted this a certain other forum, the Festool Fanatics would have already pounced on you for even suggesting such a thing!

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    Is this "hand-held mortiser" the Domino? I understand it does a great job, but it's a little too rich for my blood.
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    I was invited to a wood working shop and given a demo on the Festool handheld sander. I tried the sander which was hooked up to a Festool portable vac system. A very impressive sander and i was thinking I may buy one of these until i found out the price was over 500 for the sander and another 500 if i wanted the vac. I declined................way to expensive but a very well build nice tool..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Woke up later thinking there has to be another way.
    Sure are...

    I like my dowelmax a lot, and it's a lot cheaper than the domino, and at Lee Valleynow also.

    I've also seen a very good in-depth video review of the mortise pal, and it is another very well built jig for mortising.

    Of course, if it is a basic table, you could also use pocket hole joinery. And in some applications a biscuit joiner will also do the job.

    There's usually more than one way to do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    ... Woke up later thinking there has to be another way.
    Let's see here now. I could spend $800 for a Domino plus whatever the cost of the "loose tenons" is. OR - I can continue to use a router (like I've done for years) at no additional expense - I can continue to make my own tenons from scrap project stock at no cost except a few minutes of my time. Hmmmm.....
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    Bart...permanently scorned by Festool for refusing to pay full price for THEIR TOOLS.

    Fess up Festool Woodworking was before Festool & will be when Festool isn't anymore.

    We USED to have a Festool dealer about 25 miles from here but their banking system couldn't compete with the way people do things here. You know where Festool takes lots of your money & put it in their bank.

    Don't get me wrong I think they make great tools just not that great.
    Last edited by Bart Leetch; 10-15-2009 at 02:32 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Is this "hand-held mortiser" the Domino? I understand it does a great job, but it's a little too rich for my blood.
    Yep, Domino. Should be called Diamond.
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    Yup, the Domino and all the rest of the Festool are on my 'win the lottery' dream tool list, doubt i'll be affording them much before then though.
    -Ned

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