Domino Joiner

Festool DF500

Domino Joiner Safety Sheet

Key Information

Report any issues here. 

Report minor injuries here.

Call 999 if needed.

Phones are next to both doors.

First aid kit is at the sink.

You must pass this course and the practical before using this equipment.


The Festool DF500 is a machine for cutting mortices for loose tenon joints.

A loose tenon joint is similar to a mortice and tenon joint, except both work pieces have a mortice and a separate loose tenon joins the two pieces.

At Makespace we have a DF500 with 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10mm cutters.

Festool makes pre-cut tenons, referred to as Dominos, which are available for purchase from Makespace.

What can you make using a Domino Joiner?

Mitre Joint

Rail to Post Joint

Edge to Edge Joint

What material can you cut using the Domino Joiner?

The Domino Joiner should be used only with wood or MDF.

Other materials, including metal, CANNOT be cut.

When to use a Domino Joiner

How Good is a Domino Joint

What other tools/equipment can be used instead?

Mortice and Tenon Joints can be cut with a chisel, saw and shoulder plane.

Decorative effects such as Dovetails can be cut by hand.

Mortices can be cut with a Router using a jig.

Get Trained!

Review the Online Training  - You must score 100% in the online quiz and pass the practical

External Materials

The materials below are not specifically approved by Makespace, but may be useful.