Which Joinery Technique is Best for My Project? ft. Festool Domino, Kreg, Mortise and Tenon, Biscuits & More

Hey Guys,

I really wanted to look at a problem we have all probably had, which joint is right for my project and budget? What I really wanted to do is compare popular joinery techniques and test speed, consistency, and strength. I looked at the Festool Domino, the Kreg K5 system, Biscuit joints, hand cut and machine cut mortise and tenon joints. I looked at them from the perspective of a professional batching out pieces and a hobbyist throwing together one piece of furniture to see how it would scale.

I timed making each joint at the speed I would use to ensure reliable and consistent results. I tested strength with a force gauge on identical joints with identical placement of the load, and I tested consistency by the eye test really. All of the results and methods can be seen in the video below, but here is a table summarizing my findings.

The results

Joint Tools Price Time Per Time 8 Pieces Time 100 Pieces Hobbyist Labor Production Labor LBS to Break Hobbyist Cost Production Cost
Hand Cut M&T
Hand Saw $28
28
224
2800
$56
$700
118lbs
$102
$746
Square $8
Chisel $10
Machine Cut M&T
Router $98
6.92
55.36
692
$14
$173
170lbs
$805
$964
Table Saw $600
Dado Stack $93
Biscuit Joints
Biscuit Cutter $70
1
8
100
$2
$25
38lbs
$78
$101
Biscuits $6
Pocket Holes Kreg Kit $150 1.23 9.84 123 $2 $31 120lbs $152 $181
Floating Tenon
Domino 500 $990
1.5
12
150
$3
$38
238lbs
$1,373
$1,408
Bits and Tenons $315
Dust Extractor $65

Affiliate Links for Tools Referenced

Hand Cut Mortise & Tenon

Dozuki Z Saw

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Chisels

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Square

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Machine Cut Mortise & Tenon

Bosch Jobsite Saw (Takes a 15/16” Dado stack)

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Bosch Colt Router Palm Router

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Dado Stack

Freud 8’ Dado Stack

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Biscuit Joint

Biscuit Joiner VonHaus (Brand Doesn’t matter)

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Biscuits Porter Cable

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Pocket Holes

Kreg K5 and everything you’ll need

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Floating Tenons (Domino Joinery)

Domino 500

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Festool All the Tenons all the bits

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Fancy Festool Dust Extractor

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Cheapy Shop Vac

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Overall I can TOTALLY see why you see so many pieces of pro furniture made with the Festool Domino and Kreg Joinery. The strength of each of these joints would only be stronger in a better wood species or plywood, but I think this is representative although not scientific proof of the results. The one clear observation about the Domino vs. the Kreg jig is the way that a domino joint fails is much more graceful and repairable than a Pockethole joint, but the cost is significantly higher.

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I will be following up this video looking at some viewers choice options including the beadlock system, dowels, half laps and a few others.

Thanks for watching and remember,

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By Rick
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