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Offline mr_hockey

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New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« on: January 07, 2009, 06:54 PM »
I built a "tool holster" to hold my saw & domino, similar to the others posted here. (where the shelves are parallel to the floor)

But the ergonomics of having the saw flat made it difficult to lift and place back into the holster.

So, I experimented with different angles and for me, I found that 30 degrees was perfect (YMMV).

So I rebuilt my holster with 30 degrees shelves. Below are a few pictures.


Now, when I reach for the saw, my hand and arm are in much more natural position. Lifting and returning the saw is very easy.

A few notes:

  • I left a small 1/2" gap between the back of the shelves and the back panel... so sawdust would fall through
  • I had to use a nut for the front  (instead of a knob) because the knob would get in the way of the saw
  • With the 30 degree angle, neither tool has a chance of falling out :-)

Comments welcome!



« Last Edit: January 07, 2009, 07:00 PM by mr_hockey »

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Offline Dovetail65

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2009, 07:16 PM »
Nice, I may make one myself.    :)
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Offline alanz

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2009, 07:48 PM »
Very nice... of course I built mine flat a couple of weeks ago.

There is one danger in building it the way you did however... it requires you to go out and buy a Domino!

I'm wondering if making a shelf under the saw for an ETS 150 would make for a comfortable height, or if the top handle would make it a bit cramped to get into a lower shelf....
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Offline mr_hockey

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2009, 09:48 PM »
Alan,

I don't have a Festool Sander  >:(

But I guess you could put another holster on the other side...

Maybe you could use your "flat" holster for your sander and build a 30 degree holster for your saw???


-jj

Offline Dave Ronyak

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2009, 11:36 PM »
Mr. Hockey,

That's a very nice double-decker "holster"!  Nicely finished edges, too.  Greatly outclasses and likely out performs my old parallel single decker made from plywood scraps. 

RE hanging up your sanders, if you have a Boom Arm, there is a HD wire accessory that enables hanging up two (disk) sanders on the Boom Arm.

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Offline Jim Metzger

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2009, 12:09 AM »
Very nice. Is there an issue  removing the saw if a larger board is on top of the MFT?

Offline Jesse Cloud

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2009, 01:12 PM »
Sweet!  Why didn't I think of that?? :o

This is the kind of thing I really like to see on the forum!  Thanks for posting.

Offline alanz

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2009, 06:18 PM »
Any thought to Jim's question?

Can the saw be removed easily (or at all) if there's a board above it at table level?

The reason I ask is that recently I've switched to using the fence at the near side of the table, so my cuts are done close to me, instead of near the hinged end of the guide rail.  Any longer boards will wind up over the tool holster.

Oh, and by the way, I milled the thick end of the MFT/3 fence to have a long notch to match the end with the factory notch, so the fence slides under the guide rail for thin stock when the fence is close to the operator.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2009, 06:22 PM by alanz »
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Offline mr_hockey

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2009, 11:47 AM »
Very nice. Is there an issue  removing the saw if a larger board is on top of the MFT?


Jim,

My current set-up allows for 19" cross cut... without the saw hitting the board. see photo.

I guess I could lower the holster to get a full 24" capacity, but for me, I rarely cut anything that wide.

AND, if I do, I will just pull the saw out first.

Having the saw a little higher is very comfortable for me. Over the past few days, I've been using the new holster quite a bit and I really love it. THe saw just slides out perfectly in the correct angle. (YMMV)




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Offline mr_hockey

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2009, 11:52 AM »
Any thought to Jim's question?

Can the saw be removed easily (or at all) if there's a board above it at table level?

The reason I ask is that recently I've switched to using the fence at the near side of the table, so my cuts are done close to me, instead of near the hinged end of the guide rail.  Any longer boards will wind up over the tool holster.

Oh, and by the way, I milled the thick end of the MFT/3 fence to have a long notch to match the end with the factory notch, so the fence slides under the guide rail for thin stock when the fence is close to the operator.


Alan,

See my post above...

ALSO, could you post a few pics or links to your set-up... sounds interesting :)


Thanks!!


-jj
« Last Edit: January 09, 2009, 11:53 AM by mr_hockey »

Offline alanz

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2009, 02:58 PM »
I'll try to make some photos tonight...
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Offline Deke

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2009, 03:55 PM »
Oh man, now you did it! :-) I made one of the run of the mill non-angled holsters a few weeks back for my TS75 and I have to say it has changed my life for the better. I swear I thought about an angle, but just wanted to get on with it (read lazy!). The saw is now always available and makes it and the MFT the central workstation along with my table saw.

Offline ylimehajile

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2009, 02:02 PM »
Very nice.  It's amazing how the simple things just make so much sense.  I may have to surround my table with these :-)

Offline JoeFowler

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2009, 04:27 PM »
Very nice,  when cutting I'm always at a loss where to put  the saw,   This seems to be a project for me thanks for the idea.

Offline RogerF

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2009, 09:03 AM »
This is a great post. Thanks.

Offline JimmyB1775

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2019, 08:30 PM »
Can we repost these pics?


I built a "tool holster" to hold my saw & domino, similar to the others posted here. (where the shelves are parallel to the floor)

But the ergonomics of having the saw flat made it difficult to lift and place back into the holster.

So, I experimented with different angles and for me, I found that 30 degrees was perfect (YMMV).

So I rebuilt my holster with 30 degrees shelves. Below are a few pictures.


Now, when I reach for the saw, my hand and arm are in much more natural position. Lifting and returning the saw is very easy.

A few notes:

  • I left a small 1/2" gap between the back of the shelves and the back panel... so sawdust would fall through
  • I had to use a nut for the front  (instead of a knob) because the knob would get in the way of the saw
  • With the 30 degree angle, neither tool has a chance of falling out :-)

Comments welcome!

Offline TinyShop

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2019, 09:29 PM »
Can we repost these pics?


I built a "tool holster" to hold my saw & domino, similar to the others posted here. (where the shelves are parallel to the floor)

But the ergonomics of having the saw flat made it difficult to lift and place back into the holster.

So, I experimented with different angles and for me, I found that 30 degrees was perfect (YMMV).

So I rebuilt my holster with 30 degrees shelves. Below are a few pictures.


Now, when I reach for the saw, my hand and arm are in much more natural position. Lifting and returning the saw is very easy.

A few notes:

  • I left a small 1/2" gap between the back of the shelves and the back panel... so sawdust would fall through
  • I had to use a nut for the front  (instead of a knob) because the knob would get in the way of the saw
  • With the 30 degree angle, neither tool has a chance of falling out :-)

Comments welcome!

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Offline GarryMartin

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2019, 03:47 AM »
Not my photos, but I have a few photos saved in notebooks from a time before they were lost. Hope this helps.



See also http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-jigs-tool-enhancements/ts-55-'holster'/

Offline TinyShop

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2019, 04:02 AM »
@GarryMartin to the rescue! :)
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Offline thedevme

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Re: New & Improved "Tool Holster" for MFT
« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2019, 06:18 PM »
@GarryMartin once again proving my point - Garry Martin for Man of the Year LOL