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Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« on: October 21, 2009, 09:37 PM »
I've always wanted to try the Festool MFS Routing Slide and recently I got a commission to build a vanity desk using a myrtle slab top.  Below are pictures of the process.  I used a 1" strait bit and a 30mm template guide with my OF 1400 router.

This worked amazingly well.  One has to take shallow cuts and it makes a mess, but worked very well.  In fact after I did one side, I just flipped it over and did the bottom side, rather than use my drum sander.  As you can see I used the MFS profiles on edge and it worked fine.

I'll be happy to answer any questions!

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Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2009, 09:38 PM »
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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2009, 11:16 AM »
Very nice use of the tools. The slides look longer than 1000mm but I see they have the scales on them. They also look shorter than 2000mm units, and those don't have the scales, (bummer). Is it just the perspective of the shots that is fooling me?
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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2009, 12:24 PM »
I think so, Greg. That's a 1080 they're sitting on. 'Must be the 1000's.


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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2009, 06:54 PM »
Didn't know this existed.

After getting Tage Fride's book, I was thinking about making one of these from 8020 stuff.  Has anyone made their own sled for use on an MFT?

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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2009, 09:29 PM »
Very nice use of the tools. The slides look longer than 1000mm but I see they have the scales on them. They also look shorter than 2000mm units, and those don't have the scales, (bummer). Is it just the perspective of the shots that is fooling me?

Actually each side is made up of a 1000mm, 400mm and 200mm section joined together...

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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2009, 09:32 PM »
I just noticed, it's two 1080's... Doh!


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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2009, 10:52 AM »
How much deflection do you get in the Router Sled when the 1400 is sitting in halfway between the MFS rails?

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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2009, 11:17 AM »
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How much deflection do you get in the Router Sled when the 1400 is sitting in halfway between the MFS rails?

Virtually no deflection.

It is 2mm thick steel.

It is in the shape of an elongated "U". The long direction is 750mm and the short is 210mm. There are flanges turned down 90 degrees along the long edges that are 20mm deep.

It is quite stout.


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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2009, 11:21 AM »
I only noticed deflection if I pushed down on the router.  I was careful to just slide the router back and forth and take shallow cuts...

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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2009, 11:35 AM »
Didn't know this existed.

After getting Tage Fride's book, I was thinking about making one of these from 8020 stuff.  Has anyone made their own sled for use on an MFT?


If you already have 8020 extrusions they would probably work for your rails. You would probably only need the router sled, and the right template bushing.
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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2009, 03:35 PM »
Carl, looks like you got good results from that method.  Is the project finished & if so can you post pics of it.

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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2009, 01:06 PM »
Still working on it - should be done by the end of the month and will post pics then.  Thanks for the interest.

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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2009, 07:47 PM »
ok, here's some final pics.


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it turned out fantastic!  I did have to relevel it after it sat awhile after the first leveling however!

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« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2009, 08:21 PM »
Im my opinion - and my wife's - that is a masterpiece.

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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #15 on: December 01, 2009, 09:02 PM »
Carl, your design and execution is coming along nicely. Great job.
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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2009, 09:22 PM »
That's cool, Carl!

I love the look. Did you match the drawer fronts with other parts of the same piece as it looks?


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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2009, 09:45 PM »
Wow, that desk is absolutely stunning! Very very well done [thumbs up]
Do you have any close up of the drawers? How did you make them? Dovetails?

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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2009, 10:19 PM »
thanks guys for all the nice comments!

the drawer fronts are also made of myrtle, but not from the slab.  I just picked pieces that matched as closely as possible (difficult with myrtle!)

I didn't do dovetails, but pinned the drawers with maple dowels,  I thought this is more in keeping with the modern look of the piece.

FYI, I used blum tandem slides with the tip-on accessory, so no handles as once again in keeping with the modern look the client wanted.

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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2009, 08:15 AM »
Carl,

your work is stunning.  I presume you make your living from making furniture, if not you should !!!

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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2009, 10:24 AM »
Carl,
Great piece and a great technique.  I hobbled together a sled to flatten my traditional workbench, but the extrusions are a great idea.   
How do you like working with Myrtle?  Does it machine crisply?

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« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2009, 11:25 AM »
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Carl,

Very nice sled jigging! sweet!

Is there a 2200 in one of those systainers to test out possible sled deflection because of the added weight?

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« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2009, 01:48 PM »
woodguy - thanks man - I'm trying!

Myrtle is nice to work with but... there's lot of defects in it, it varies widely in color and grain, and there's not much available.  Picking boards that matched was a challenge as was working around/with the defects.

I'd say my 1400 was right on the edge of causing deflection - I took light cuts and put no pressure on the router itself as I slid it back and forth and ended up with a flat surface.  However in testing the setup, I could easily deflect the sled in the middle if I put any weight on it.  So I would say a 2200 could cause deflection...

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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2009, 04:05 PM »
A very slick idea!

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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #24 on: March 31, 2010, 07:07 AM »
Didn't know this existed.

After getting Tage Fride's book, I was thinking about making one of these from 8020 stuff.  Has anyone made their own sled for use on an MFT?

Who's Tage Fride, please?
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« Reply #25 on: March 31, 2010, 07:16 AM »
I believe that the meant Tage Frid:  His Wiki
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Re: Flattening a Slab table top with the Festool Router Sled
« Reply #26 on: October 15, 2010, 03:55 PM »
Carl,

Thanks for sharing this method. Looking on your website there is some beautiful furniture you've built. The queen bed is a great design and looks excellent made up with bedding also.

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« Reply #27 on: October 15, 2010, 04:18 PM »
Good work! I've going to file that idea in the back of my head and use it some day.
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