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Offline steveinaz

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Domino DF500 "off center?"
« on: April 10, 2021, 08:14 PM »
This has been going on a while and until now I have been blaming myself. After making my reference marks and making my mortise my joint matchups are off a 32nd or so (see picture) I think this is a scale zeroing problem, but I don't want to adjust something and end up down a rabbit hole. I started making this tray today and all 4 of my joints, single domino, were off the same amount. What needs to be adjusted or do I need to get better glasses. Thanks in advance.                                                                                                         

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Offline squall_line

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Re: Domino DF500 "off center?"
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2021, 08:22 PM »
This has been going on a while and until now I have been blaming myself. After making my reference marks and making my mortise my joint matchups are off a 32nd or so (see picture) I think this is a scale zeroing problem, but I don't want to adjust something and end up down a rabbit hole. I started making this tray today and all 4 of my joints, single domino, were off the same amount. What needs to be adjusted or do I need to get better glasses. Thanks in advance.                                                                                                       

There was no image attached, so I'll have to ask: are you using the edge-guide flippers/pins, or are these mid-field?  Are you using tight-to-tight joints?

If you're using the flippers to cut in from each end and tight-to-tight, they have micro-adjustments to move left and right.  If you're using tight-to-tight, it's probably necessary to get these micro-adjustments dialed in on a few test pieces before moving on with more cuts.

Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Domino DF500 "off center?"
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2021, 08:41 PM »
If you are doing this by a pencil mark and aligning to the center mark on the clear plastic mark on the fence, there is an adjustment for that. There isn't much movement to the scale, but it doesn't take much. You only have to move it half the distance that the alignment is off. Loosen the screws, move it very slightly and retest. It doesn't take much.
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Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Domino DF500 "off center?"
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2021, 08:43 PM »
Tight to loose technique removes this problem.
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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Domino DF500 "off center?"
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2021, 08:44 PM »
this is a scale zeroing problem....joint matchups are off a 32nd or so

Put on some reading glasses and move the plastic scale a 64th or so, one way or the other, determined by trial and error.

It's worth the effort to get it right before getting serious with your project.


Offline steveinaz

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Re: Domino DF500 "off center?"
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2021, 08:47 PM »
Thanks everyone, I am going to try and adjust the scale

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Domino DF500 "off center?"
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2021, 07:44 AM »
Halfinchshy has a great youtube video on this adjustment
Birdhunter

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Domino DF500 "off center?"
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2021, 11:16 AM »
Second the video as there might be a little more to being able to move the curser window. As I recall there is room to move it one way but to go the other way a little bit of plastic needs to be filed or sanded off.

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Domino DF500 "off center?"
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2021, 02:47 PM »
I centered the cursor on my 500 without removing plastic, but it was very close out of the box. I used Halfinchshy’s method.

I don’t remember having to adjust the 700 cursor.
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Offline Mini Me

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Re: Domino DF500 "off center?"
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2021, 07:55 PM »
Thanks everyone, I am going to try and adjust the scale

I used feeler gauges and it is now spot on.