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Offline jchavez76

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Build small interior passage doors with DF 500
« on: August 29, 2015, 10:09 AM »
I am a design build contractor and some months ago, we purchased the DF 500 for a railing project that required a lot of tight, accurate and invisible joins. It worked great, and its great to have the tool around for other projects that come up.

I have been remodeling my own personal residence and we are finally at the stage where I am thinking about the finish wood work.  I have been going back and forth about doing stained or painted trim.  We are under a tight time crunch to move back in to our home, so I have decided that I will get the floor coverings done, then work on the millwork over the fall and winter in the evenings and weekends.  This brings me to the topic of  building the doors.  All of the doors that I will need to build are in our basement, which has very low ceilings... 6'-1".  Yes, that's right, I said down :)  We are a vertically challenged family, so it works fine for us.  The doors will end up being around 5'-10" tall.  I'd like to build the doors using the Festool DF 500 since I already own it and likely won't be doing many doors on other projects in the foreseeable future. 

 Can this be done to in combination with a rabbited panel?  It seems that if I used 4 dominoes at each join, it should be strong enough, but I am not finding any posts where woodworkers have done this, so I'm leary.

Any help and direction on this topic would be much appreciated.

Jacob Chavez

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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Build small interior passage doors with DF 500
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2015, 10:16 AM »
10x50 Dominos will work just fine.


Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Build small interior passage doors with DF 500
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2015, 10:19 AM »
 [welcome] to the FOG, Jacob.  To answer your question, it can be done very easily.  You can even strengthen the joint by joining stiles and rails conventionally with dominoes, then when the glue has set up, you can set in four more dominoes (two top and two bottom) driven in on the join line between rails and stiles, but not so deep as to compromise the dominoes previously set to join rails and stiles.  This effectively lengthens the glue line.  These dominoes will need to have the excess trimmed off and sanded before finishing the doors.  Best of luck with your project.
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