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MFT saw accessory storage container
« on: September 26, 2017, 02:49 PM »
Need: safe storage/travel container for the protractor/fence/rail assembly for the MFT3.

Premise: first effort, working box.  NOT a piece of furniture. Materials must be in the shop already.

So, in playing around, I came up with an open top box, sliding door.  Not sure how I will retain the door, other than it has to be level or open-end-up.

Major dimensons:  10" x48" x 4".  Could be slightly less, but mostly in the width.  With the rail lengths, not much length savings.

The main rail is inserted assembled.  No sense in making more work on use, or in storing the pieces/assembling/disassembling on use or storage.  I made this so that you use the height adjustment as a locking element of storage -- loosen the adjustment, slide the assembly against the case. 

It seems relatively rattle free.  The back fence is oriented to keep the face edge off of the case, though that might be better to be reversed.

The mdf sides are not a preferred material, but were scraps that otherwise needed to be consumed. You can't keep everything.

Future models could include the other clamping components by making the case dimensions different.  That would save me a Systainer1.  But, heavier and bulkier too.

I couldn't find any other posts for doing this, so here is my first effort. I'd love to see others take on this.  My needs were preserving the value of the parts, in the van and in the shop.  Pretty is what I make to show.

The white faced mdf might make a good place to sketch and write cut lists on.  Will see when I set the table up -- length might be my friend if it can fit across the leg cross members. Or make it some other useful feature of the 'system'.  Ideas?

Enjoy!

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Re: MFT saw accessory storage container
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2017, 02:57 PM »
I guess the attchment process doesn't like me.  To be continued....

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Re: MFT saw accessory storage container
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2017, 02:58 PM »
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Re: MFT saw accessory storage container
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2017, 03:03 PM »
Nice idea.  Definitely keeps things in one place with good protection.  Might make sense to add a handle on the side so it could be carried like a suitcase.  That might require a screw to hold the sliding top in place, however.

Thanks for sharing!

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Re: MFT saw accessory storage container
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2017, 03:16 PM »
Thanks.
I try not to have things stick out past the perimeter of a case.  That's just one more thing to hook onto something else and break off. 

But -- there's no reason (for what I have in there now) to not cut a slot into the side for a grip.  Especially when I end up rebuilding it when the mdf fails (it will -- probably the dado for the sliding top).  No big deal, as I will have sued it with the table by then and wondered what to do with it when it's empty.  Plus, maybe a good place for storing other long items safely (levels, shorter section of rail, rest of the fence assembly parts).