Tricks of the Trade…Domino Depth Stop

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Tricks of the Trade…Domino Depth Stop:
Ramon Valdez creates a repeatable custom solution for increasing the number of preset depth stop settings on your Festool Domino.

Ramon Valdez creates a repeatable custom solution for increasing the number of preset depth stop settings on your Festool Domino

We all love the ease of use of the revolutionary Festool Domino. Creating strong mortises quickly and easily is only one attribute of this versatile machine. I’m starting to see the many uses of creating a mortise,
or specifically a cavity, with this tool by optimising the range of mortise width settings and different cutter sizes. I use magnets in much of my work and sometimes a cavity to retain the magnet works better than a hole drilled with a Forstner bit, for instance.
Recently I needed to create some shallow cavities to house some bearings and the shafts that they would ride on. The overall shape of the 6mm Domino slot was perfect to accept the bearings, however, the preset depth options on the machine didn’t fit my requirements. In other words, the 15mm setting on the depth of cut scale was too shallow and the 20mm setting would cut too deep. I needed the means to generate a custom depth of cut and here’s my solution.
I found a section of plastic pipe (common sprinkler system plumbing) with an inside diameter closely matching the diameter of the smaller plunge rod on my DF700. I attached a suitable section of this pipe to a board with some self-tapping screws, paying particular attention to their length – you’ll see why in a minute. Then, running the board against the fence on my bandsaw I was able to safely cut (rip) a section from the pipe along its length. I used a chopsaw to finally determine the correct length of the pipe thus creating a clip-on, half-tube spacer. A small notch was required at one end of the spacer to clear an area on the machine when the pipe section was snapped into place. This was accomplished safely at the bandsaw.Once cut, it’s a simple process to make extra spacers and increase the number of preset depth stop settings on your machine.

1. The standard depth options weren’t suitable for my project

2. The pipe was screwed to a board

3. The pipe was cut to length

4. Clip the half-pipe spacer onto the main shaft

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