WT 307 – Pinky Out Planing

On today’s show we’re talking about end grain orientation for panels, smoothing a bookmatched panel, scraping glue, and our featured topic, the Festool Domino vs the world!

What’s On the Bench

  • Marc misses his apprentice
  • Shannon sliced his finger up while planing
  • Matt is almost done with his trim job

What’s New

  • Lots of great stuff this month to give away at The WoodWhisperer giveaway
  • Check out the handheld router/CNC thingy called The Origin
  • The Samurai Woodworkers makes every other husband look bad with this jewelry box.
  • Check out Stinnett Sticks, a YouTube channel about carving very cool walking sticks.
  • This guy is like the Chinese Robin Wood!
  • Bob Flexner waxed (pun intended) curmudgeonly about the new code for Zinsser’s shelf life.


  • Brian shared some advice on moving a planer
  • Keith has a tip for spalting your own wood.
  • Dual knocked his planer over and tells the story of its fall.

Poll of the Week

What is your favorite finish to spray?

Featured Topics

  • John wants to know why anyone would buy a mortising machine anymore now since the Festool Domino hit the market. Is there anything a mortiser can do that the Domino cannot?


  • Paul wants to know if we alternate growth rings when gluing up a panel.
  • Michael wants to know how we scrape the glue off underneath a clamp.
  • Josh is getting tear out along the glue line of a bookmatched panel and wants to know how to deal with it.

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15 replies on “WT 307 – Pinky Out Planing”

About the new sponsor, QALO – I went to the website to see if Marc was pronouncing the name correctly, and he is. It is unfortunate because the product name as pronounced – Kay Lo – is the same as an asbestos-containing pipe insulation manufactured by Owens-Illinois and Owens-Corning Fiberglass from the 1950’s to the early 1970’s that was linked to asbestos-related disease in hundreds of thousands of workers. Given the demographics of woodworkers, I wonder how many others will make the association. I assume that QALO did market research before it launched, but perhaps not.

From a production standpoint, the hollow chisel mortiser and the domino are two different tools. Aside from the obvious point of square vs round mortises, a hollow chisel mortiser can handle a greater depth mortise cut, as well as a greater distance mortise from the fence in most cases. There is also the opportunity for easier repeatability with setting up stop on a fence on the hollow chisel mortiser, which is very important in batch work, but not as important for most home based woodworkers.

Another thing that a hollow chisel mortiser can do, that I don’t ever see is you can rotate the chisel for off 90 degree mortises. We have used this for making louvered doors before.

Obviously most any of these could be worked around with a variation in joinery details with a domino, but if we’re talking about differences, the biggest ones I see are in repeat-ability and efficiency for making more traditional mortise and tenon joinery. Also to Mark’s point, I believe there is a cost savings between a bench top mortiser vs a domino. I think it is also worth mentioning in this discussion the existence of the drill press add on kits for hollow chisel mortising, from the cost savings stand point.

That being said, I believe there is a place for each in your shop based on what you like to build.

I know, isn’t that terrible?? Its the end of my childhood!! Ironically I learned of this while typing up the show notes for this episode. I was listening to the Current Geek podcast and they announced the news. And QR codes? Whats up with that choice?

Hey mark, matt c., and shannon; so to my surprise my daughter jordan and I were hangin out in the shop as we do every evening listening to woodtalk and other videos from the three of you and to my shocking surprise apparently my daughter wrote in and i was graced with a shoutout!! Very cool guys thanks a million it was great. I think woodtalk and your websites are the best thing going for education of woodworking. Well rounded information. I guess now the least i can do is earn my shoutout and make a support donation. Thanks again for everything. Brock

I often like to do pegged tenons. You can still do them for “the look” if the mortise-and-tenon is done with a Festool and floating tenon. But for a stronger joint (mechanical + glue), a mortise and tenon with an integral pegged tenon is a better choice.


In regards to your new massive ash log pick up video.

I love how your wife is just there, in a dress, and helping you get this on the trailer. As Shannon said last week, it truly is a family affair. Keep it up man, you have a great family.

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