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Offline squarecut

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My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« on: February 04, 2014, 08:22 PM »
Just finished my custom built mobile expandable MFT and thought I might share it with the FOG community.
My shop shares a two bay garage with one car. One bay houses all the shop equipment, most on wheeled carts to allow ease of transition into various working configurations utilizing the second bay. Needless to say, space is at a premium & I find it necessary to constantly try to get 10 pounds of stuff into a 5 pound bag. Instead of purchasing two MFT's for maximum working surface I decided to build a custom MFT that would fit my needs. I am a hobbyist, so mobility out of the shop was not a requirement.
 I wanted a unit that would be as compact as possible and still house my TS-55, CT Midi Dust Collector, MFT accessories,  custom accessories, guide rail components, and other MFT usable tools.  I also wanted a rest platform for the TS-55 between cuts, vac hose & power cord management and fold away in-feed / out-feed extensions that would expand the working surface to that of two MFT's side by side.
Converting the unit from storage mode to full expanded size with all components in place takes less than ten minutes.
The following photos show the end result. Hope you find it interesting.

See an improved modification to the dust extraction hose & power cord management on this unit as of 6/24/15 here

Unit standing in its designated shop storage location.
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Front view of unit in storage mode showing TS 55 rest tray, non-Festool  tool storage and 3 drawers for component storage.
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Rear view of unit in storage mode showing Systainers for TS 55 & married vac hose/plug-it cord storage, CT Midi compartment with space for extra vac bags, vac power cord & mini-boom storage.
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Unit in basic mode for crosscutting operations.
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Unit in basic mode for crosscutting operations showing TS-55 pull out rest platform.
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View of custom outboard fitting with indexing holes for 1400 rail cut line placement between 20mm holes.
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Unit in basic mode with custom outboard fittings for rip cuts up to 48" using the 1400 rail & Qwas rail dogs.
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View showing 1400 rail using Qwas rail dogs in rip cut mode on a 42" board.
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View showing out-feed extension wing in storage compartment.
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View of extension wing folding out of storage compartment.
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View of extension wing in locked position.
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Rear View showing paired power cord /vac hose entering custom Mini-Boom
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Partial expanded mode with out-feed wing for off-cut support
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Partial expanded mode with out-feed wing showing off-cut fence for repetitive off cuts
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Full expanded mode with in-feed / out-feed wings
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View showing  setup to rip a long board with unit in full expanded mode
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View showing variable placement horizontal support  for working on panel edges
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« Last Edit: June 29, 2015, 10:09 AM by squarecut »
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Offline JerrySats

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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2014, 08:37 PM »
That's an awesome set up you came up with . 

Offline Michael Garrett

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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2014, 09:07 PM »
+1
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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2014, 09:16 PM »
I will second what the others say.  Fantastic job!
Bryan

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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2014, 09:28 PM »
Great job!
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Offline Yukonal

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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2014, 09:29 PM »
Thank you for sharing. Great setup! You have given me some ideas for a similar project that I am planning.
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Offline Paul G

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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2014, 09:31 PM »
Very nice!
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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2014, 09:31 PM »
Love your fold-out extensions. Are you gonna offer plans for others who might want to copy it?
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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2014, 09:32 PM »
Brilliant!! Very well thought out. All bases covered AFAIK!!!
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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2014, 10:11 PM »
Great job!
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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2014, 10:18 PM »
Wow, very nice!

Lot of great design and function work there.


Seth

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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2014, 10:53 PM »
Squarecut,

That is just way too cool!!!

Jack

Offline neilc

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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2014, 11:18 PM »
welcome to FOG.  Great job on the workstation.  Lots of terrific ideas!

neil

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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2014, 12:15 AM »
Great job.  Well thought out.
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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2014, 01:21 AM »
Wow! You are my hero.  The fold out ext. wings just about made me cry. It's beautiful .    I suggest you might think about selling plans for your custom mft.  A big welcome to FOG!

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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2014, 03:47 AM »
The indexing feature is a great idea
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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2014, 05:09 AM »
A brilliant piece of work with some great design ideas and very nicely put together. I particularly like your flap extensions as it gives you so much flexibility without a permanent loss of workshop space.

Well done.

Peter

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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2014, 07:26 AM »
I agree with all the comments above.

I'd also like some more details.  In particular, did you use an actual MFT/3 top?  It looks like it with the screw holes in the corners.  What t-track did you use -- I like how it works with the clamps.  More close ups of the guide rail mount as well.  A listing of the Festool part numbers used.  Are the holes down the sides filled with threaded inserts or is there some hidden t-track behind for the knobs to tighten against?
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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2014, 09:38 AM »
Our own Guido Henn!!! [not worthy]
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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2014, 09:41 AM »
Genius!! Brilliant work  :)

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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2014, 01:18 PM »
As others has already said - brilliant!

Is this the first version of your MFT? I have built a simpler design and I already have lots of things that I will try to incorporate in the next version. Your table looks pretty finished to me. ;)

I guess that you use dogs to align the guide rail in both rip and crosscutting operation but I am wondering about the Qwas rail dogs - how accurate are they with thick material?

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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #21 on: February 05, 2014, 01:57 PM »
I agree with all the comments above.

I'd also like some more details.  In particular, did you use an actual MFT/3 top?  It looks like it with the screw holes in the corners.  What t-track did you use -- I like how it works with the clamps.  More close ups of the guide rail mount as well.  A listing of the Festool part numbers used.  Are the holes down the sides filled with threaded inserts or is there some hidden t-track behind for the knobs to tighten against?

Yes, I used a replacement MFT/3 top.
The track was Lee Valley 48" with 5/16" T-slot.  Cat# 12K79.38
Festool #494071 MFT 1080 Hardware Kit for the basic unit
Festool part # 448841 (Stop Profile) for off-cut fence with part # 490555 (Adjustable Stop) for flag stop on off-cut fence
I used 5/16" tee nuts in a backer strip of poplar behind each face board. Mounted backer strip with 3 screws first. Using a template I drilled 10 - 5/16" holes into each face board, then removed backer strip, enlarged holes in backer strip to 3/8" then installed tee nuts & refastened backer boards.
Both the MFT/3 top & the hardware kit I managed to find on eBay for a great price.
Some close up shots of the guide rail mount adapters I built to interface the Festool components to my design (please forgive poor quality on photos but I did not want to dis-assemble the adapter again) -
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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2014, 02:10 PM »
As others has already said - brilliant!

Is this the first version of your MFT? I have built a simpler design and I already have lots of things that I will try to incorporate in the next version. Your table looks pretty finished to me. ;)

I guess that you use dogs to align the guide rail in both rip and crosscutting operation but I am wondering about the Qwas rail dogs - how accurate are they with thick material?

Yes, my first version - not planning to build another version as I gave this one a lot of thought. Your correct, I used the Qwas dogs for alignment. Cannot tell you if any problem using rail dogs with thicker material as I have only used them for 3/4" stock, but I do not think there would be a problem. What is your concern? Deflection? They are quite solid, I do not believe they would move as long as they penetrated the 20mm holes by about 15 to 20mm
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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2014, 04:34 AM »
Very nice! Great details! This design addresses issues I've been thinking about for the garage shop MFT - storage, mobility and flexibilty. Why didn't you make the "boom arm" taller?

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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2014, 09:02 AM »
Very nice! Great details! This design addresses issues I've been thinking about for the garage shop MFT - storage, mobility and flexibilty. Why didn't you make the "boom arm" taller?

A taller boom arm would have shortened the overall length of reach of the hose which would have impacted long rip cuts.
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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #25 on: February 12, 2014, 05:56 PM »
I'd love it if you could post some close up pictures of the Festool 448841 stop profile? I'm curious to see how it attaches/works!

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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #26 on: February 12, 2014, 08:26 PM »
I'd love it if you could post some close up pictures of the Festool 448841 stop profile? I'm curious to see how it attaches/works!

I fabricated the off-cut fence module to be easily attached & removed from the MFT frame.

There is 5" of space on the rear face of the frame at the rear right corner. (Photo 1)

The module is built from the same stock as the MFT frame and has a 5" deep rabbet at the attachment end. Utilizing two pieces of 1/8" thick aluminum stock I created a "C" channel that would engage with the rear face of the right rear corner & butt tightly to the lead edge. It is secured via a 5/16" t-bolt & threaded knob. (Photos 2, 3, 4, 5).

The cut-off fence is mounted to a 1/2" aluminum angle section with 6mm cap screws & nuts to allow for re-calibrating to the off-cut face of the saw blade (Photo 6)

Photos 7, 8, 9 show stock set up for an off-cut at 10" (254mm)
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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #27 on: February 13, 2014, 08:22 AM »
thanks for the awesome cart and detail photos. I am in the planning and drawing stages of a similar cart and you have given me some great food for thought. I am glad that I have an eraser, so I can change some of the design that I have already put on paper.
I have an extensive array of CAD programs at my disposal at work, but still love to layout drawings by hand.
I am glad now that I haven't started building yet. I am really going to rethink the whole concept now.

Marcus

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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #28 on: February 13, 2014, 08:46 AM »
I'm very positively impressed by the functionality that you built into that workcenter.  Well done!!! 

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Re: My custom built expandable MFT on rolling cart
« Reply #29 on: February 13, 2014, 09:39 AM »
Great thinking and great build!
Will the bench fit a full sheet good? When I use my bench for ripping sheet goods I'll have to over-hang the sheet on booth sides of the table. This would not be doable with a boom arm like yours. But it seems to be detachable which would solve this, is it?
//Michael