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Offline Birdhunter

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Woodpeckers DF500 Offset Base
« on: April 15, 2015, 01:15 PM »
I've finished doing close to 50 mortises building an workshop island.

It has an oak frame with 1/2" Baltic plywood.

I used the Woodpecker offset base on the Domino 500 for the plywood mortises and the standard fence on the Domino 700 for the oak frame pieces.

I had the 1/2" spacers in the Woodpecker base. The mortises appeared to be absolutely centered. The large base provided a great deal of stability. I also have the Seneca bases for both Dominos. The Woodpecker base provides better stability than does the Seneca, but not by a huge margin.

For me, the Woodpecker base is easier to get off and on than the Seneca base.

For now,I have pretty much given up on the extensions. They are beautifully made and work as advertised, but I don't see how I would use them in the work I do. If I were doing cabinets and bookcases, the extensions would be very useful.

Like all the Woodpecker items I've purchased, the offset base is extremely well designed, made, and packaged.


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Offline polarsea1

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Re: Woodpeckers DF500 Offset Base
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2015, 08:29 PM »
I watched the video but I didn't see it used for plunging into the face of the boards so I wonder how it would help with building a cabinet box. Just curious, not on my list of things to buy anytime soon.

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Woodpeckers DF500 Offset Base
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2015, 05:45 PM »
I could not find a way to mount the Domino support bracket while the Woodpeckers base is mounted. I think the two may be mutually exclusive. Therefore, mortising into a board's face with the Woodpecker Offset Base isn't any easier than with the standard fence augmented by the support bracket.

I am a huge fan of Woodpecker tools and own most of their products, but, since I own the Seneca Domiplate and the Seneca Domishim, I think buying the Woodpecker Offset Base was a poor idea.

Now that I have it, I'll continue to use it.

Offline avanderhoorn

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Re: Woodpeckers DF500 Offset Base
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2015, 06:13 PM »
Any photos?

Offline Clweed

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Re: Woodpeckers DF500 Offset Base
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2015, 06:52 PM »
I ordered one also, one thing that i didn't consider was not being able to use to domino on the face of a board, this also makes the guide rail and flip stops even more useless.  [unsure]