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Offline Birdhunter

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Connector Set
« on: April 13, 2018, 02:48 PM »
I bought the connector kit for the Domino 500 yesterday without a clue as to what to build with it. I am a non-recovering tool junky. I did build a king sized bed with the 700 connectors.

Anyone built anything with these connectors?
Birdhunter

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Offline rst

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2018, 04:52 PM »
Same boat here, opened up, removed plastic, waiting inspiration, or more likely daughters's request.  Still haven't fired up the Origin although i have projects planned for that.

Offline grobkuschelig

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2018, 05:31 PM »
You fools! ;)

I got mine today.
I at least know, where the first 4 connectors will go. I built a new storage for my sleeping bags and this needs the connectors for a possible break down in between.

Other than that, I‘ll join the inspiration waiting list... [emoji51]

Offline neilc

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2018, 06:02 PM »
Went to the roadshow in Chicago last week and saw the connector kit demonstrated.  It's much less intimidating than that box of connectors would lead you to believe.  I'm debating it!  Definitely a nice option on some projects where you either have trouble clamping or a need to disassemble.

Offline grobkuschelig

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2018, 06:11 PM »
I checked the math, was definitely cheaper to get the set, than to get a DF700 with the corresponding set. ;)

So it was an easy choice.

I went straight for the set, just to have the drill and everything ready. I’ve learned that I will always come across projects where these ingenious solutions come in handy and like to be prepared. [emoji41]

Offline Gregor

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2018, 05:34 AM »
Still waiting on delivery  [crying]

Offline ben_r_

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2018, 12:37 PM »
These days I know myself better and I skip products like this until I absolutely know I need or am actually going to use them.
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Offline RussellS

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2018, 01:09 PM »
These days I know myself better and I skip products like this until I absolutely know I need or am actually going to use them.

Agree.  In the USA I doubt it would take more than three or four days to have them shipped to you anywhere.  If you can't find something else to do for three or four days then you must be one busy MoFo.  And making so much money you can't even find time to deposit the money in the bank so the dollars just collect in a pile on the floor.  Terrible.

Offline grobkuschelig

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2018, 01:45 PM »
I found that I have been heavily using the Domino since I got it and I have a list of projects for the Connectors as well. Biggest problems is to find the time to actually do the projects. [emoji58]

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2018, 05:07 PM »
I would be very interested in what people build with these connectors.

The bed I built with the 700 connectors was a classic application. It didn't require a lot of imagination.
Birdhunter

Offline Gjarman12

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2018, 05:10 PM »
Does anyone know the strength of these? I don't mean actual force or torque values, but are they strong enough to build a bed? The festool website lists the 700 connectors benefits as stability (https://www.festoolusa.com/company/news/domino-connector) and includes the word strength, but the 500 doesn't list anything along those lines (https://www.festoolcanada.com/power-tools/connectors).

Offline pettyconstruction

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2018, 07:36 PM »
I am going to build a sys-port with them,do a rabbit and a corresponding  tongue instead of a slide.
Waiting on time and the connectors set.
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Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2018, 07:48 PM »
I got my set Monday.  I plan to experiment for the first time to build a base cabinet for a tool (another manufacturer) that I got last week.  Why would I bother to use the connectors for a base cabinet?  The requirement in my household is that I need to hide all the materials used for this other thing.  My wife has been extremely patient over the years - heck, she had hundreds of systainers in the house next to the Christmas tree one year - but this tool is here for the duration so he has had to reign me in.  The use of the connectors will ALLOW ME TO EXPAND when she isn't looking.

Peter

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2018, 05:37 AM »
 
If I remember correctly, the king bed I built used one 700 connector and one 14mm tenon per joint. That was pretty solid. The bed is still tight after over 6 months of use. This bed serves as a trampoline for a very active 2 year old boy.

My gut feel is the 500 connectors are too small for a joint that will have to endure years of dynamic stress.

An option for the 500 might be to use 2 wood tenons and one of the new connectors. I’d find a way to pin the wood tenons, perhaps, with wood screws once the two frame pieces were drawn together. I’d use the biggest tenons the Domino 500 can do.

Birdhunter

Offline goldman8073

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2018, 10:10 PM »
I bought the connector set for the 500 for a book case I was building.   I found that the plastic guides on the actual connectors are completely inadequate and disintegrate when putting them right through a 20mm veneer particle board.   As soon as you try to tighten up with the hex screw that plastic will pull through the timber.   I have also found that the thicker plastic will also pull through and you end up with a not so perfect fit.
Clearly they need to be metal, as even with light pressure, as they must be secured into the timber, they pull through, especially the smaller plastic ends.
I am somewhat of a Festool fan, but this product is not up to standard.   Very disappointed after having to spend AU$549 for the base kit.

Offline GoingMyWay

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2018, 09:44 AM »
I had thought about getting the DF500 Connector Set with no intended usage, but it sounds like it's a good thing I didn't end up buying it.
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Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2018, 10:53 AM »
I bought the connector set for the 500 for a book case I was building.   I found that the plastic guides on the actual connectors are completely inadequate and disintegrate when putting them right through a 20mm veneer particle board.   As soon as you try to tighten up with the hex screw that plastic will pull through the timber.   I have also found that the thicker plastic will also pull through and you end up with a not so perfect fit.
Clearly they need to be metal, as even with light pressure, as they must be secured into the timber, they pull through, especially the smaller plastic ends.
I am somewhat of a Festool fan, but this product is not up to standard.   Very disappointed after having to spend AU$549 for the base kit.

@goldman8073  I would love to get some more details about exactly you are attempting to do and how you are inserting the plastic parts.

@GoingMyWay , I would wait to see what the details and applications are before you make a decision.  I have a kit here and would love to try and replicate the situations.

Peter


Offline jjowen

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2018, 06:26 PM »
... until I absolutely know I need or am actually going to use them.

I absolutely know that I need them and will use them; just not when.
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Offline gunnyr

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2018, 04:36 PM »
I read this thread earlier today and was amused.  I've started to purchase the connector set several times.  Knowing I had no immediate need for it but also thinking that if I had it I'd find a use for them! 

I just got a referral to build toddler bed frame, a project that when I built it last year I wished I had them.  Excellent!  Now I have an excuse!  So basically this project will pay for the connector set and leave enough left over for dinner under the Golden Arches for me and my wife. 8) 
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Offline jobsworth

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2018, 06:54 PM »
As Im a tool addict, I dont have a reason to get the set yet. But I do think its cool. Maybe Ill tell the kids to get me one for my birthday. The Cyclone for Xmas a the connectors for my B-Day.

They always ask what i want and i tell them nothing Im fine.

Well this year theyre gonna get a surprize hehehehehehehe

Offline neilc

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2018, 08:08 PM »
I bought the kit using a 15% off coupon on eBay. You might keep your eye out as they have been running several over the past few weeks.

I've yet to use it but have a couple of projects coming up that I have in mind for them.


Offline Green Mojo

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Re: Connector Set
« Reply #21 on: August 10, 2018, 06:44 PM »
Birdhunter- Just finished a project with the 500 connectors. It is in member projects here:
 http://festoolownersgroup.com/member-projects/built-in-cabinet-for-housewarming/msg553739/#msg553739
Not sure how to post links so hopefully that works. Definitely some nuances if you are used to working with the XL connectors. Overall, I really like them and did not have any of the issues that others apparently had. I was working with hardwood veneered plywood, so no mdf or particle board.