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Offline sicd_steve

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Re: Home made MFT table with extras
« Reply #30 on: September 04, 2013, 06:21 PM »
I plan to make my table with a torsion box type design and top it with a larger MFT top (so I can swap MFT top when needed without it being integral to the torsion box). This will create a total top thickness of 1.5" (1/2" ply+3/4" MDF). Anyone have thoughts on the dog hole depths? I've heard anything thicker than 3/4" won't work with the Festool clamps. Is that true and why? Thanks

That's a good idea to have different tops that can retro fit, therefore you should create a metal thread insert into the legs and use that to screw in different tops, for assembly or so I use some 6mm rubber sheeting cut to size that way things done fall through the holes and protects what ever I am working on. RUBBER is a nice surface to work on I just bought a new piece that's 10 mm thick that was designed to go into ute trays.
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Offline Joel Harry

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Re: Home made MFT table with extras
« Reply #31 on: September 04, 2013, 08:14 PM »
Good idea on the rubber mat. I was planning to use some sort of threaded inserts as you said. I'm not sure how they work on the MFT, but I was thinking of having threaded inserts in both the table and MDF top. Maybe I just need one in the top and put a simple through hole in the MDF. Do you know about the thickness "issue"?  Not even sure if ill get any Festool clamps to begin with. Was looking more at kreg or bessey auto clamps. Veritas has a nice dog and clamp accessory pack in a cool systainer that I'm looking at:veritas clamping kit

Offline sicd_steve

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Re: Home made MFT table with extras
« Reply #32 on: September 04, 2013, 09:05 PM »
Good idea on the rubber mat. I was planning to use some sort of threaded inserts as you said. I'm not sure how they work on the MFT, but I was thinking of having threaded inserts in both the table and MDF top. Maybe I just need one in the top and put a simple through hole in the MDF. Do you know about the thickness "issue"?  Not even sure if ill get any Festool clamps to begin with. Was looking more at kreg or bessey auto clamps. Veritas has a nice dog and clamp accessory pack in a cool systainer that I'm looking at:veritas clamping kit


Cool Kit...


Good idea on the rubber mat. I was planning to use some sort of threaded inserts as you said. I'm not sure how they work on the MFT, but I was thinking of having threaded inserts in both the table and MDF top. Maybe I just need one in the top and put a simple through hole in the MDF. Do you know about the thickness "issue"?  Not even sure if ill get any Festool clamps to begin with. Was looking more at kreg or bessey auto clamps. Veritas has a nice dog and clamp accessory pack in a cool systainer that I'm looking at:veritas clamping kit

I have about 10 Festool clamps and I always use them in the MFT I also have the Bessey Auto Clamps are they too are very good, Check out the guys at
Seneca Woodworking they have these great Clamp Dog plates for the Bessey:

http://www.senecawoodworking.com/products/clamp-block

They would work fine, the only issue about having the board deeper is that the Festool Clamps can't scoop in the hole, and for me the 3/4" top is perfect
as I use the clamps both from top and underneath for different clamping issue.

As for the top just put the thread sleeve in the bench and holes in the top, I am going to use your idea myself and re do my top which ...mate is only screwed down with wood screws, nothing too rocket science about it. So I am going to take it off and add thread sleeve in the bench screw holes and....
 way to go a jharry endorsed improvement.

Also here is a real cheap way to make some doggy things, I bought some aluminium drawer handles for $3 at the DIY store and guess what they are 20mm diam and fit perfect in the Festool holes and they have a female thread so you can fit of all sorts of things, I use a thin piece of wood to join 2 together to span 2 holes for instance if I want a bench stop say for planing 1/2" stock I just make the joiner plate in 10mm. Anyways here is a picture and also the other dog I had made from a mate who has a metal lathe who made a bunch in steel for me, darn stronger than aluminium and you can use them as yacht anchors too...lol
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Offline avanderhoorn

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Re: Home made MFT table with extras
« Reply #33 on: April 20, 2015, 12:49 AM »
The main photos don't seem to be available any more... any chance to get them reposted?

Offline Mr Heavy

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Re: Home made MFT table with extras
« Reply #34 on: April 22, 2015, 01:45 AM »
Here is another extra...
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Lee Valley has this 1/2" X 20 mm bushing for $6.50.[/url] Could be very handy.

I love this - much neater than my block with a 20mm dowel idea. Need to find a UK stockist of an appropriate bush now.
Sys4 with cheese sandwich, a small pork pie with Tabasco sauce, a nice bottle of dry, vintage Prosecco and three reusable ice packs. Olives with pimento and a capon, roast in Dijon mustard. Several slices of fresh pineapple, a scale model of the Eiffel tower made from noodles, black forest gateau and a gingham table cloth for the MFT-3. A block of Parmesan and a Stanley 2" chisel for grating.
Sys3 with a half bottle of La Fée Absinthe, a spoon and vodka-soaked mint with Rothenberger blow-torch.
125 year old balsamic vinegar in spray bottle.
Ibuprofen and a pair of handcuffs. 2 loaves, 5 (very) small fishes, some bread, broken. A goblet of blood-red wine, a hammer... nails

Offline myer84

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Re: Home made MFT table with extras
« Reply #35 on: April 23, 2015, 09:55 AM »
Also here is a real cheap way to make some doggy things, I bought some aluminium drawer handles for $3 at the DIY store and guess what they are 20mm diam and fit perfect in the Festool holes and they have a female thread so you can fit of all sorts of things, I use a thin piece of wood to join 2 together to span 2 holes for instance if I want a bench stop say for planing 1/2" stock I just make the joiner plate in 10mm. Anyways here is a picture and also the other dog I had made from a mate who has a metal lathe who made a bunch in steel for me, darn stronger than aluminium and you can use them as yacht anchors too...lol

I'm curious about these door handles and wanted to know if you can share the link of the site or place you bought them from. I Googled these knobs and my search shows them for $8. If I can grab them for $3 a piece, it would be nice.... [big grin]

Offline squarecut

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Re: Home made MFT table with extras
« Reply #36 on: April 23, 2015, 10:52 AM »
I'm curious about these door handles and wanted to know if you can share the link of the site or place you bought them from. I Googled these knobs and my search shows them for $8. If I can grab them for $3 a piece, it would be nice.... [big grin]
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If you do a Google search for "Aluminum 20 mm Whistle Knob" you will get numerous hits, however most are confusing as they state diameter as 20mm , 3/4", 7/8" in same description - how to know if you are getting 20mm before ordering? Pricing is anywhere from $1.80 to +$4.00. All are the same brand - Liberty Hardware MFG #PN2814C-AL-C
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Offline myer84

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Re: Home made MFT table with extras
« Reply #37 on: April 23, 2015, 03:20 PM »
I'm curious about these door handles and wanted to know if you can share the link of the site or place you bought them from. I Googled these knobs and my search shows them for $8. If I can grab them for $3 a piece, it would be nice.... [big grin]

If you do a Google search for "Aluminum 20 mm Whistle Knob" you will get numerous hits, however most are confusing as they state diameter as 20mm , 3/4", 7/8" in same description - how to know if you are getting 20mm before ordering? Pricing is anywhere from $1.80 to +$4.00. All are the same brand - Liberty Hardware MFG #PN2814C-AL-C
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Thank you. I found for $1.79

Offline mvafog

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Re: Home made MFT table with extras
« Reply #38 on: February 13, 2017, 02:05 PM »
How do you open the photos??

Mark

Offline RustE

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Re: Home made MFT table with extras
« Reply #39 on: February 13, 2017, 03:12 PM »
The photos appear to have been lost in a forum change-over or deleted by the uploader.

Offline kitui

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Re: Home made MFT table with extras
« Reply #40 on: April 16, 2018, 04:58 PM »
The knobs are not square. I think it is important for accuracy that they are square. I am not talking about the screw hole squareness but the body of the knob itself. I checked with a square and they were off of at least 1/16 over a 1". Way too much. I was a great idea which I went for. After a few cut that did not square I figure out what was wrong. It is sad because they were perfect for what I needed.
I am still looking for rod like that because I need to align two surface with 20mm holes. One surface is a jig and the other is the MFT. I could not find any rod that has 20mm diameter in US. Only available in Uk

Offline neilc

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Re: Home made MFT table with extras
« Reply #41 on: April 16, 2018, 05:11 PM »
 A few alternatives -


Do you have access to a lathe to turn the knobs square?


OR


If you have a 20mm bit you could drill a hole in a piece of wood and insert the knob into it and hold in place with a machine screw as a 'set-screw' to capture the knob in a piece of wood.  Run that through a table saw or chop saw.  It's aluminum so it would cut and might give you a square cut you need.


OR


Similar to the second idea. capture the knob and touch it on a disc sander to square it up.




Offline kitui

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Re: Home made MFT table with extras
« Reply #42 on: April 26, 2018, 10:16 AM »
No, I do not have access to lathe. Thanks anyway