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Offline ChuckM

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Domino Joiner DF500 handle
« on: January 20, 2021, 07:18 PM »
Finally I found time to add a handle to the DF500, using one of the plane handles lying around, which were bought at the local Lee Valley store  (Clearance Corner) a few years back. I know other people have tried that and liked it.

For the usual projects (say, only double digits of mortises to mill), I won't need the handle, but for a big joinery task, I think the handle will come handy. For now, it sits detached in the systainer.
« Last Edit: January 20, 2021, 07:24 PM by ChuckM »

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Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Domino Joiner DF500 handle
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2021, 08:51 PM »
For me, that would result in torquing the Domino down and screwing up the mortise or trapping the cutter.

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Domino Joiner DF500 handle
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2021, 09:35 PM »
Yes, that could happen if the hand holding the handle or barrel (normal use) is pushing down as well when pushing forward.

When I use the DF500, my focus/downward pressure is always on the hand at the front, and the hand at the back is a loose grip on the barrel with the force directed straightforward. I never look at the barrel or the dominant hand when using the joiner. A loose grip also makes the milling process less tiring on the hand when I have a lot to mortise/push. I also find that if I place my arm closer to my body, I have absolute control of the machine in terms of pushing angle and speed.

I gave the handle a few dry runs; the pushing felt easier. The key here is a loose grip on the handle, resting the hand (little finger to the wrist) comfortably on the base of the handle and the barrel as I push. It's like using a rabbet plane or plow plane with a gentle grip on the handle when pushing to avoid tilting the plane -- a common mistake when people charge their planes forward with a tight grip.
« Last Edit: January 20, 2021, 09:42 PM by ChuckM »

Offline Rhino1789

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Re: Domino Joiner DF500 handle
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2021, 10:27 PM »
I’m intrigued by your little domino sample guide. Can you tell us more about that. It seems like a great idea.

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Offline ChuckM

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Re: Domino Joiner DF500 handle
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2021, 10:30 AM »
There was a discussion on that on this forum?!

I came across the block on Pinterest, and made one to hold the small wrench as well.
« Last Edit: January 21, 2021, 10:33 AM by ChuckM »