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Offline Bob D.

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How I Keep The MFT/3 Rail In The Upright Position
« on: September 16, 2017, 08:58 AM »
Most times I have the track laying down, and it's usually set for cutting 3/4" material. I keep a scrap of 1x3 mid-position as I worry about setting something on the rail like the saw or a heavy box or some other tool and bending the track. So I keep that scrap in the middle and then if I should forget and place something on it then it won't bend.

But there are times when I want the whole MFT top to be available to lay something out or some other operation that the track is not needed for and really just gets in the way but I don't want to remove it from the MFT as easy as that is. When I do need the whole top I just flip the track up and it balances there pretty good. But I had it once come down on me when I bumped the MFT and hit me in the shoulder. No injury but caught me by surprise and potentially could have been worse or done damage to a project.

So I use that same scrap of 1x3 but I cut a slot in it that lets me slip it over the hinge and keeps the rail from falling down. I think the photos make it obvious how this works and is simple to do.

Maybe no one else has this concern but now I don't worry about the rail falling over and hitting me or striking a workpiece.
« Last Edit: September 16, 2017, 09:06 AM by Bob D. »
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Offline Vondawg

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Re: How I Keep The MFT/3 Rail In The Upright Position
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2017, 09:39 AM »
I've not had that happen but your idea/solution is great !
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Offline ben_r_

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Re: How I Keep The MFT/3 Rail In The Upright Position
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2017, 11:58 AM »
Good solution. I'll keep that one in mind.
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Re: How I Keep The MFT/3 Rail In The Upright Position
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2017, 12:42 PM »
I had my upright track drop & hit me in the head after bumping into the bench while adjusting my work piece - never thought to work out a solution - Neat & simple solution - great idea. I am going to use it, thanks.
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Offline Gregor

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Re: How I Keep The MFT/3 Rail In The Upright Position
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2017, 02:50 AM »
Good fix.

Offline Naildrivingman

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Re: How I Keep The MFT/3 Rail In The Upright Position
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2017, 09:22 AM »
I think your solution is a winner.
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Offline bobberner

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Re: How I Keep The MFT/3 Rail In The Upright Position
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2017, 06:55 PM »
 [eek]

That's Brilliant!!!
As addictive as crack but more expensive.

Oohhhhhhhhhh, Festool.........

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Offline Bob D.

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Re: How I Keep The MFT/3 Rail In The Upright Position
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2017, 04:41 AM »
Originally I was looking for a place to install a latch or drill holes for a pin in the hinge but not finding a suitable spot I came up with this.

If there were a way for Festool to add a latch or locking tab or something that would hold the rail in the upright position that seems like an easy mod. Maybe even something at the hinge pin which works like the lock on a lock-back knife, but you would want to have the option to disengage it so you didn't have to unlock the rail every time otherwise it would be aggravating when making multiple cuts. But having the option to secure the rail without having to jam a block of wood in thee would be a nice safety feature to add if possible.
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Offline Tinker

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Re: How I Keep The MFT/3 Rail In The Upright Position
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2017, 07:03 AM »
That's a great idea. do you sell the plans? or manufacture to sell for $37.50?  ::)
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: How I Keep The MFT/3 Rail In The Upright Position
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2017, 03:36 PM »
Standby. I am in the process of ordering a $10K CNC
machine to crank these out as I anticipate a huge demand.  ;D
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Offline ben_r_

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Re: How I Keep The MFT/3 Rail In The Upright Position
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2017, 09:27 PM »
Standby. I am in the process of ordering a $10K CNC
machine to crank these out as I anticipate a huge demand.  ;D
$10K!!? Try more like $25K! Been looking at a Tormach PCNC 1100 myself. Fully loaded they are easily in the $20K+ range.
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: How I Keep The MFT/3 Rail In The Upright Position
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2017, 09:44 PM »
Well my little rail prop is a simple thing and easily reproduced by a small machine.
I'm trying to keep costs down as I ramp up to world-wide production. I will be looking
for distributors around the globe soon. You can get in on the ground floor for a mere
$2K.  [scared]
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Offline Tinker

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Re: How I Keep The MFT/3 Rail In The Upright Position
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2017, 04:15 AM »
Smart move to only spent 10K for the prodution machine.  with worldwide oreders, you will neen to spend the 20k exra for a new computer bookkeeping system. More to be spent for a larger office, increased office crew and a much larger coffee machine will, at some point become priority.
Tinker
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Offline Woodwork Wizard

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Re: How I Keep The MFT/3 Rail In The Upright Position
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2017, 08:33 AM »
Great idea. If Festool made something that could do this it would be at least £146...

Offline twistsol

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Re: How I Keep The MFT/3 Rail In The Upright Position
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2017, 12:18 PM »
That is and awesome idea nad I'll be using it. Mine seems to drop every time I'm sanding at the MFT and I nearly jump out of my skin when it does.