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Offline CarolinaNomad

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #180 on: December 10, 2013, 07:09 PM »
I like this idea as well, although wheels on the narrow would make getting through doorways easier.

The table alone is 31" wide.  Your stuck with exterior doors at best.  All interior doors are 30" finished.

Timtool can correct me, but I think he designed it to be narrow for interior doors.  But there is no reason why one couldn't drag the MFTC-XL (Or I like to call it, MFTC-MFT/3 [wink]) through an interior door that is less than 30" wide.
Jeff
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Offline GhostFist

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #181 on: December 11, 2013, 01:04 AM »
No I kinda get what he is saying and was thinking the same thing myself. Sometimes its just easier to control rolling on 4 wheels, not as fast but in those moments it's nice to be able to do it.

Offline Bosquet

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #182 on: December 11, 2013, 03:26 AM »
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A dutch guy has extended the MFTC into the MFTC-XL.

That Dutch guy will be me...  ::) A member of the Dutch Woodworking Forum brought your questions to my attention. So here I am...  [wink]

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And, I don't know how to register CarolinaNomad in Dutch. Huh?  Maybe someone could post pics here.

That can be arranged ofcourse! I'll try to figure out how this works and post some pics here. Unfortunately my MFTC-XL is not finished yet (due to lack of time...) but I will keep you posted once I continue building it.
« Last Edit: December 11, 2013, 03:29 AM by Bosquet »
Best regards, Ekko

Offline Bosquet

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #183 on: December 11, 2013, 03:39 AM »
OK, here we go... Let's start by posting some of the renderings of my MFTC-XL
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Offline Bosquet

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #184 on: December 11, 2013, 03:52 AM »
At the moment the project has come to this point (see pictures below...). Next year I will continue building it. I will keep you posted...

PS: Merry Christmas and a happy 2014 !!!

Best regards, Ekko

Offline Massemannen

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #185 on: December 11, 2013, 05:12 AM »
That is just awesome, Bosquet!  [eek]

Offline Alan m

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #186 on: December 11, 2013, 05:19 AM »
welcome to the fog ekko.
i realy like that.
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Offline CarolinaNomad

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #187 on: December 11, 2013, 08:03 AM »
Very nice!
Jeff
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Offline neilc

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #188 on: December 11, 2013, 08:05 AM »
Nice design.  Nice Sketchup and photography skills. 

Welcome!

Neil

Offline GhostFist

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #189 on: December 11, 2013, 10:08 AM »
I was at first considering doing exactly that! Interesting to see.

Offline Bosquet

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #190 on: December 11, 2013, 04:49 PM »
Thanks for all the positive reactions !!!  [embarassed]
Best regards, Ekko

Offline Bosquet

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #191 on: December 14, 2013, 02:58 PM »
I forgot to tell: the MFTC-XL can hold 7 systainers:

1 systainer 4 **
2 systainers 2
4 systainers 1

** The space for the systainer 4 can also be filled with a systainer 3 (ofcourse...) but also with another two systainers 2 (for instance: the Festool DF-500 attached to the systainer 2 filled with the domino's).
« Last Edit: December 22, 2013, 05:44 AM by Bosquet »
Best regards, Ekko

Offline g1_lo

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #192 on: December 19, 2013, 04:20 PM »
Just when I thought people wouldn't be impressed on site anymore, when I setup my festool rigs.
This workbench is going to be a game changer for me. Very impressed.

Might be the New Years Resolution.
Some people worry. Others prepare.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #193 on: December 20, 2013, 12:13 PM »


It's been a while since I saw the first post of this thread. This is a great design!

Offline NDM

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #194 on: December 20, 2013, 11:42 PM »
At the moment the project has come to this point (see pictures below...). Next year I will continue building it. I will keep you posted...

PS: Merry Christmas and a happy 2014 !!!



You beat me to the punch!!

I have a somewhat different desin that is kind of a rework of your design and the original MFTC. It will be an MFTC XL too! Hopefully I can get cracking on it during this christmas break.

Offline Bosquet

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #195 on: December 22, 2013, 05:42 AM »
Another picture, this time from the other side of the MFTC-XL

Best regards, Ekko

Offline elimelech12

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #196 on: December 26, 2013, 08:49 PM »
That is awesome and would definitely be a future build for me...at the very bottom some sys-mini's would look nice
Sold my tools but kept a few Fes-tools...just in case.

Offline stevep

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MFTC portable workshop for 17UKP
« Reply #197 on: December 27, 2013, 12:24 PM »
Built one from scraps, odds and sods and leftovers from jobs. The only expenditure was on drawer runners, which cost about £17, plus the usual glue, screws, doms, paint etc. Had to make some changes as I only had 10mm ply. I also had a cnc'ed top (made some time ago as a spare for the bench) which was 18mm, and a slightly different size to the one specified in the drawings.

Apart from the ply thickness, the main changes were to the wheels (mine are from an old concrete mixer that died, and are about 240mm dia), and the locking bar thing I added to stop the drawers opening (I couldn't find a sensible source for the catches suggested, and in any case I wanted something more positive).


Made the top frame from solid rather than built up from ply. I haven't used T-track as it's bloody expensive in the UK, and I haven't made the extension tables anyway. Can always be added in the future.


Solid rubber wheels. Still got concrete and mortar snots on from their previous use - must clean them up a bit sometime. This shot also shows the bottom of the locking bar, which slots into a bit of ply fixed to the underside of the cabinet.


Detail of the top bit of the drawer lock (underside) - a bit of ply with a slot in it, a spacer and a couple of aluminium tabs to hook onto the cabinet top:


Same again, but in place - it just slides onto the ply top


The batten to hold the drawers in place is just a length of beech, shown here removed. The bottom drawer is very useful


Drawer bases made from 10mm ply are too thin, so I had to glue a bit of softwood on the sides so I had something reasonably solid to screw the runners onto.


Making changes resulted in a few surprises - the original drawings are absolutely spot on of course, and changing a component size usually means that something else has to be changed to suit. I've used it on site a couple of times and it's very useful.

I think I'd like to put a couple of small locking castors on the front instead of the feet, and I'm not sure that the handle is up to the job, especially when I pull it up into the van (my version is probably a bit heavier than the standard because of the 18mm top). The skids are essential if you want to lift it into a van, and I feel happier removing the three Systainers first, mainly because I'm doubtful about the strength of the handle. It stands up ok in my VW T4, with a few inches headroom to spare.
« Last Edit: December 28, 2013, 05:06 AM by stevep »

Offline Timtool

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #198 on: December 28, 2013, 07:46 AM »
Nice one Steve, i like the assembly of the worktop you did there. My first prototype was similar but for the final version i went for plywood because it could be made with basic tools easily.
Can i use the pics on my site?

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Offline stevep

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #199 on: December 28, 2013, 09:46 AM »
Of course Tim. Thanks for the work you put into the drawings.
For anyone in the UK, the drawer runners were from http://www.eurofitdirect.co.uk, sku no DS53502, 46mm ball bearing slides 350 mm full extension.

Offline Rakke

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #200 on: January 04, 2014, 10:53 PM »
All most ready!

Offline Hoosierkid

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Drilling 20mm hole problem
« Reply #201 on: January 07, 2014, 06:52 AM »
I am attempting to drill the top using described methods.  I make the first two set of holes along each side, then turn to put the dogs in and start the easy task of going down drilling every 96mm.  That's my confusion, the offset for the LR32 baseplate isn't divisible by 32 or the required 96mm.  Am I missing something from Tim's directions?  I know I'm missing just one small thing.

Please help, I was driving home in the snow and I thought to myself, please don't let me die tonight with this problem unsolved,

Offline Timtool

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #202 on: January 07, 2014, 02:46 PM »
Have you drilled the 20mm holes along both edges? Then you insert the rail dogs with the rail in those and start drilling the actual holes.
I am not certain of what you mean by the offset of the baseplate, if you mean the positioning things that attach on top of the rail then you don't need those to drill the actual holes.

I hope i correctly understood your problem though!
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Offline Hoosierkid

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #203 on: January 07, 2014, 05:20 PM »
Hey Tim, thanks for replying, this project is like reading a good book that you can't put down.  This is a lot of fun to build, I can't say enough about your design.   I set up and routed the 20mm on each side but I spaced them every 4th hole to get 96mm on the initial holes.  Was I supposed to use a different spacing for the first two set of holes?  Thanks for your time

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #204 on: January 07, 2014, 05:34 PM »
Apparently you did it right, then you can just follow the plans, fasten the rail dogs through those holes into the rail and then drill the holes every 96mm on the rail. And you should be left with a 96mm grid pattern!
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Offline Hoosierkid

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #205 on: January 07, 2014, 06:09 PM »
Ahhh, I think I have it, the holes I routed first do not have to match the "actual" holes you will rout. I owe you a pint Tim.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2014, 05:05 AM by Hoosierkid »

Offline CWP

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #206 on: January 15, 2014, 07:40 PM »
Some pictures of our mftcs almost finished

Offline Squasher

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #207 on: January 15, 2014, 08:53 PM »
Nice job!

Where did you get the wheels?


Offline CWP

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #208 on: January 16, 2014, 06:52 AM »
Thanks,
   After a bit of research I chose a replacement wheel for a really nice cart that seems to be made for mostly hauling band equipment like amplifiers and stuff- called the rock-n-roller r8. (I plan on replacing my wagon that stays on the truck with one of these) The best price for the wheels was from fullcompass.com
  Got them quick and the shipping was only $4.99 total for 6 wheels. Each wheel $15.99
  I used 3/4x5" bolts from Home Depot as axles inserted them with head on the outside against wheel and countersunk
The nut on the inside ( chiseling the wood to keep the nut from turning) and then cut the excess bolt off flush with the nut.
  After trying the accuride 3832trhd track and the KV version as well I like the accuride better
P.S.
I also would like to add that Tim's plans were excellent and the design/engineering is great!
Only changes I had to make we're that when I made the top my t slot purchased from McMaster-Carr was too thick to route in
So we ripped the inner layer of the frame down and applied a band of hardwood around the top to go above the t-slot. And we also used 3/4" ply for systainer drawer bottoms that we cut as Tim showed but also routed to accept the bottoms of the original
Style systainers
« Last Edit: January 16, 2014, 07:11 AM by CWP »

Offline Squasher

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #209 on: January 16, 2014, 09:08 PM »
Thanks for the wheel info.

Yet another question:

    Where did you get the adjustable leg inserts?

I purchased the MFTC plans a couple of months ago and plan on building one as soon as possible...