What if you could build cabinets and furniture with completely hidden joinery? You wouldn’t need to patch holes, use glue, or cover up your work with paint or stains. Instead, the join would simply be invisible.
Even better, you don’t need to learn how to do full blind or sliding dovetails or any other new carpentry tricks. All you need is a drill. And the joint will be as easy to undo as it was to create in the first place. Yes, the ultimate way to do invisible joinery is with the Invis Mx2 kit from Lamello.
How to make invisible joins
The Invis Mx2 system is an innovation from a Swiss company called Lamello. They are already known for their high-end carpentry tools like the biscuit joiner. Their founder invented the biscuit joiner system in the 1950s, but the inventions didn’t stop there. The Invis hidden joining system appeared in 2001. It’s amazing to watch because it’s so simple to use.
Lamello’s Invis Mx2 joinery uses male and female fasteners and a rare earth magnet to securely fasten joints together. All you need is a drill to make it work. If you watch this brief video, you’ll see exactly how hidden joinery with Invis works.
- First, drill the holes for the fasteners
- Second, drive the fasteners into the holes
- Third, join the two pieces of wood, matching up the two fasteners
- Fourth, use your drill with the Minimag attachment to screw the fasteners together invisibly
The joint you just created is secured with over 500 pounds of clamping force. And should you ever want to undo your work, all you need is the drill with the Minimag adapter. Reverse the drill’s direction and the magnet will unscrew the fasteners. Then you can pull the joined pieces apart.
Invis Mx2 Starter Kit
Please note that the Minimag driver adapter for your drill needs to operate at 1200 to 1500rpm. This is an absolute must for the magnet inside it to work as designed on the fasteners.
Another point that’s important to consider is the effect of humidity on the joints and Invis fasteners. Invis reports that each screw can move about 0.5mm inside its casing without compromising its 250kg of clamping power.
Why use invisible joinery?
Consider the possibilities of invisible joinery. Hidden joins are elegant, they don’t interrupt the natural flow of the wood grain, and they give any piece of furniture an expertly-made appearance.
Plus, the Invis Mx2 system is much quicker to use than cutting dado or dovetail joints. You don’t need any special tools or saws to do miter joints or splines. And the kit comes with the Rasto jig to help you get both parts of the fastener in the perfect place on both pieces of the wood you’re joining.
Speaking of the Rasto jig, let’s take a look at this deceptively simple piece of plastic with pins. It comes as part of the Invis Mx2 kit.
Rasto, the universal drill jig that helps you get it right every time
Rasto eliminates the need to measure and mark before you drill. It makes it possible to perfectly align the Invis fasteners so you get a smooth join every time.
It comes with three pins to hold it in the desired position. Then the sturdy transparent plastic jig itself is perforated with 180 positioning holes. You don’t need to mark anything, just drill right through the jig.
Some of the ways that you can use Rasto are:
- Drilling precise holes for the Invis Mx fasteners or wooden dowels
- Sinking holes for mounting objects like hinges and handles that need exact placement
It is possible to purchase the Rasto System drill jig separately, but it may be a little hard to find. It’s easier and cheaper to get it as part of the Starter Kit.
Also included in the Invis Mx2 Starter Kit are these two-part fasteners below, but you can purchase them separately to build more projects.
INVIS Mx2 Fasteners, 20pack standard studs
Invis Mx Minimag, the magnetic drill attachment
How does this magnetic drill adapter work? When it’s rotated at a speed between 1200 and 1500rpm, the magnetic field of the rare earth magnetic turns the screw inside the Invis joiner. If you reverse the direction of the drill, you unscrew the join. Easy!
The INVIS Mx2 Starter Kit from Swiss company Lamello is a high-end, high quality tool set. The Invis magnet driven connecting fittings may not be what you’ll want for everyday kinds of carpentry work. Instead, they are ideal when you’re building cabinets or furniture that needs to be disassembled repeatedly. Or if you have the perfect coffee table or dresser design that calls for hidden joins to preserve the artistic flow of the piece.
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