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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #60 on: March 03, 2016, 07:34 AM »
I have a full set of plans in the works right now for all of the MPT accessories that I'm hoping to release early next week.  The plans will cover all of the accessories that are featured on the MPT blog including the dust hose arm, tool tray, power block mount, wheel brackets, cross-cut jig, sacrificial sheet good cutting strips as well as wooden I-beams to sit on top of saw horses.  I've also made a few improvements to some of the accessories including the dust hose arm, cross-cut jig and I-beams to make them quicker and easier to use. The plans will have the same level of detail as the main MPT plans so you can easily build your own.  As soon as the plans are available I will post the link. I will also be producing a video covering the MPT accessories and how they work so stay tuned for that as well.
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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #61 on: March 06, 2016, 09:06 AM »
Hi
New to forum and festool,so hello.
Nice set up,can you tell me how the holes were made in the top? Router? I would Loki to purchase your plans just want to make sure I have all the tools to do so.
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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #62 on: March 06, 2016, 12:51 PM »
Hi
New to forum and festool,so hello.
Nice set up,can you tell me how the holes were made in the top? Router? I would Loki to purchase your plans just want to make sure I have all the tools to do so.
Thanks

Hello, thanks and welcome. @Twoodman66 the holes were made with a cordless drill and a 20mm brad point bit.  The instructions in the MPT plans & instructions package show how to make a jig to use with the brad point bit and a bushing to accurately lay out and drill all the holes. Both the bit and the bushing are available at Lee Valley. So there aren't any special tools required beyond those.
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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #63 on: March 08, 2016, 10:19 AM »
I just wanted to let everyone know that a full set of MPT accessory plans and instructions are now available!  This new comprehensive package includes the tool tray, power block mount, dust hose arm, wheel brackets, riser jigs (for use with saw horses), sacrificial cutting strips, cross cut jig and cross cut jig extension wing.  It is 30 pages in total and includes a cut list, hardware list, hardware source list, 17 full-colour 3D drawings, and 8 pages of instructions on how to use the accessories, with high resolution photos.  Click on the link to find out more.

http://multipurposetable.blogspot.ca/2016/03/mpt-accessory-plans-now-available.html
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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #64 on: March 12, 2016, 08:18 AM »
Here is the new video to go along with the release of the MPT accessory plans and instructions.  In the video you can see how each of the accessories work and how they bring even more functionality and efficiency to the MPT.  Some of the accessories would also work with the Festool MFT/3.  Check out the video and see if these accessories would be helpful to you and your workflow.

Today is also the one year anniversary of when the original MPT plans and instructions were released.  It has been a great year for plan sales and that is in large part thanks to many of the FOG members.  Your support is very much appreciated.  Seeing something go from an idea in your head, to something that people from all different parts of the world are building and using is very cool.  I hope you guys find the accessory video helpful.

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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #65 on: March 24, 2016, 07:48 AM »
Just a reminder to anyone that has purchased base MPT plans that there is only a week left to take advantage of the package price on the accessory plans.  After the end of March the accessory plans will be $15 to buy separately.

The accessory plans have been popular and I'm looking forward to seeing some user photos of completed MPT's and accessories.  Also if you come up with your own custom accessories that are customized for your work I would love to see those as well.

http://multipurposetable.blogspot.ca/2016/03/mpt-accessory-plans-now-available.html

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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #66 on: April 08, 2016, 10:50 AM »
Just wanted to share a photo of a completed MPT from caseyknips on Instagram.  He did a great job!  Instagram is a great place to post photos of your MPT either in progress or the finished product.  Just make sure you hashtag #multipurposetable or tag me @dpshoptalk or @foxhollowwoodworking.  Also if you would like to have your MPT featured on the MPT blog just email your photos and a brief review and I'll post them up on there as well.  I always enjoy seeing pictures from you guys of your MPTs.  Thanks to caseyknips for posting!

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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #67 on: April 09, 2016, 02:34 PM »
Just wanted to share a photo of a completed MPT from caseyknips on Instagram.  He did a great job!  Instagram is a great place to post photos of your MPT either in progress or the finished product.  Just make sure you hashtag #multipurposetable or tag me @dpshoptalk or @foxhollowwoodworking.  Also if you would like to have your MPT featured on the MPT blog just email your photos and a brief review and I'll post them up on there as well.  I always enjoy seeing pictures from you guys of your MPTs.  Thanks to caseyknips for posting!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BD4SjOOgAha/


I just now sent you payment for the two sets of plans. I plan on using a Festool MFT top. I hope that will be possible.

Cheers,

Peter

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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #68 on: April 09, 2016, 06:45 PM »
Just wanted to share a photo of a completed MPT from caseyknips on Instagram.  He did a great job!  Instagram is a great place to post photos of your MPT either in progress or the finished product.  Just make sure you hashtag #multipurposetable or tag me @dpshoptalk or @foxhollowwoodworking.  Also if you would like to have your MPT featured on the MPT blog just email your photos and a brief review and I'll post them up on there as well.  I always enjoy seeing pictures from you guys of your MPTs.  Thanks to caseyknips for posting!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BD4SjOOgAha/


I just now sent you payment for the two sets of plans. I plan on using a Festool MFT top. I hope that will be possible.

Cheers,

Peter

Thanks again for your order Peter.  Using a Festool MFT top would work just fine.  You will have to adjust some of the length and width dimensions to make the aprons of the MPT come flush with the MFT top but other than that it should work fine.  The MPT top is a little bit bigger than the MFT top.
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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #69 on: April 14, 2016, 07:57 AM »
I know there are a good number of you guys that are also members of BeThePro but for any of you that aren't there has been some good discussion going on there lately about the MPT and some feedback from users.  If you're interested you can check out the discussion here:

http://bethepro.com/forums/topic/mft-table-build/page/23/
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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #70 on: April 22, 2016, 10:38 AM »
There is a new entry in the user reviews and photos section of the blog. Check out entry #2 from Casey and see what he has to say as well as some great pics of his MPT in action.  A big thanks to Casey for the photos and review!  If anyone else has finished their MPT and would like to have it featured on the MPT blog just email me your photos and brief review.

http://multipurposetable.blogspot.ca/2016/01/user-reviews-photos.html
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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #71 on: April 25, 2016, 07:24 PM »
I'm not a big fan of sitting at a desk all day when I'm doing design work so I gave this a try today with the MPT.  I just put a couple L-boxxes and a scrap piece of melamine on top of the MPT and it made a great standing desk.  I have one of the Wellness mats from Lee Valley which is super comfortable to stand on so I worked at the computer all day and much preferred it to sitting at a desk.  I was finalizing design detail in Sketchup for the cabinet project I'm starting this week and getting my cut lists done.  I felt a lot better at the end of the day than if I had sat.
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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #72 on: June 21, 2016, 02:52 PM »
I'm just about to buy a Festool TS55 track saw and your MPT station looks ideal to use with it, plus a host of other tools.  A quick question before I buy your plans; do you know, if I can buy the legs in England?  I'm quite new to woodworking and far from being a professional, so I don't want to find that I have to make major changes to your plans, to accommodate a different way of fixing the legs, attaching stretchers etc.

By the way, your videos are really excellent, so please keep them coming.

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« Reply #73 on: June 21, 2016, 03:03 PM »
I'm just about to buy a Festool TS55 track saw and your MPT station looks ideal to use with it, plus a host of other tools.  A quick question before I buy your plans; do you know, if I can buy the legs in England?  I'm quite new to woodworking and far from being a professional, so I don't want to find that I have to make major changes to your plans, to accommodate a different way of fixing the legs, attaching stretchers etc.

By the way, your videos are really excellent, so please keep them coming.

@Glennbrown you should be able to find the legs at just about any metal supply company or some hardware stores. In Canada and the US the legs can be purchased at Home Depot and are just a standard aluminum tube section.  I have sold quite a few sets of plans to the UK and people haven't had an issue sourcing the parts as far as I know.  If you have a good hardware store or metal supplier local you shouldn't have any issues.  Let me know if you have any other questions.

Thanks for the feedback on the videos, it's always very much appreciated!
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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #74 on: June 21, 2016, 03:24 PM »
Thanks Dan for an amazingly quick response.  I'll look around for suitable legs in the UK.  Looking forward to building the table.  Do the legs you buy from Home Depot already have the connections into which you attach the stretchers or is that something you manufacture as part of the build?

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« Reply #75 on: June 21, 2016, 03:37 PM »
Thanks Dan for an amazingly quick response.  I'll look around for suitable legs in the UK.  Looking forward to building the table.  Do the legs you buy from Home Depot already have the connections into which you attach the stretchers or is that something you manufacture as part of the build?

@Glennbrown the connections are made as part of the build, the legs start as just simple aluminum tubes.  The plans and instructions show how to fabricate everything with detailed drawings on hole locations etc to make all the parts.  I designed the MPT so that it can be built from readily available parts and materials to make it doable for as many people as possible.
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« Reply #76 on: June 21, 2016, 03:40 PM »
That makes it quite simple then.  Thanks.  (I wasn't sure if the legs were some kind of proprietary product which might not be available in the UK)

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« Reply #77 on: June 24, 2016, 01:41 PM »
you can also get great legs from ikea. lots of selections and most of them are height adjustable too

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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #78 on: June 30, 2016, 07:51 AM »
Check out the latest entry in the 'User Reviews and Photos' section of the MPT blog. It is entry #3 and comes from Michael. Michael made some modifications to suit his requirements and did a great job.  On the topic of legs that we've been discussing on here lately check out the wooden legs that Michael used.

http://multipurposetable.blogspot.ca/2016/01/user-reviews-photos.html
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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #79 on: July 16, 2016, 10:17 AM »
There has been lots of work going on in the shop lately so the MPT has been hard at work too.  Here's a couple recent pics of it in use.  I had a cedar window frame to build for a client so I was using the MPT to clamp it down to rout the rabbets for the glass.  I was also using the MPT with my shelf pin hole jig last week on the current kitchen build that I'm working on.  Between the jig and the MPT it makes a really slick setup that let me fly through all the cabinet gables in no time.

The sale of the plans for the MPT and the MPT accessories has really exploded lately.  Thanks again to everyone for their support and be sure to email finished photos of your MPT to be featured on the MPT blog if you've built one from the plans.

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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #80 on: August 31, 2016, 07:25 AM »
I just came out with a new design for anyone that uses L-Boxxes!  I designed and built an MPT style worktop that quickly attaches to an L-RACK-S to give a highly portable worktop that works on a stack of L-Boxxes.  The reason that I used an L-RACK-S to attach the top to is that it gives space under the whole top for using accessories like clamps or Parf dogs.  The MPT L-Boxx Worktop can also be used as a mini track saw cross cut table when you use Parf dogs similar to the MPT.  The worktop attaches to the L-RACK-S with a bolted connection and a captive hardware setup that doesn't interfere with using the L-RACK-S as normal when the worktop isn't attached. For more info or for plans check out the blog post.

http://multipurposetable.blogspot.ca/2016/08/new-mpt-style-l-boxx-worktop-plans.html

I also shot a couple quick Instagram videos yesterday showing how it all works.  I'll be doing a full DP Shop Talk episode about the MPT L-Boxx Worktop but these videos give you a good idea of how it works.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJu_4LTBqM5/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJvAl4EBuzP/
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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #81 on: September 17, 2016, 07:24 AM »
Here is the new DP Shop Talk episode showing how the MPT L-Boxx Worktop works and what it can be used for.  It is sort of a mini version of the MPT that attaches to a stack of L-Boxxes so it can be an alternative to the MPT in very tight working spaces or a complement to it in larger working spaces.  I know a lot of you guys use Systainers, how many use Sortimo L-Boxxes for some of your gear?

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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #82 on: September 17, 2016, 09:06 AM »
So, the crux of the biscuit is the LRACK-S.



 Tanos should copy this piece.


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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #83 on: September 29, 2016, 07:22 AM »
So, the crux of the biscuit is the LRACK-S.


 Tanos should copy this piece.

I was wondering if Tanos had anything similar to the L-RACK-S. If they did I would make an alternate design that worked with it for the worktop.

Just to let you guys know, I'm working on a brand new website right now that will be the new place to purchase MPT plans and it will also have an active blog, portfolio of work, about section, videos and online store.  The new website will be danpattison.com and I'm hoping to have it up and running soon. I'll keep you guys posted!
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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #84 on: October 07, 2016, 03:46 PM »
I have just finished creating a brand new website that is the new home of the MPT!  The new site is danpattison.com and it includes a section about the MPT, a new online store to purchase plans through, an active blog where I will be posting informative content, featured videos from DP Shop Talk as well as a gallery of my work. There is also a short bio of myself and a contact form to get in touch with me.  The new website also brings a rebranding with a new logo that will be used for everything from my plans to videos to my local work.

Be sure to sign up for the free email newsletter while you're there as well to stay up-to-date with the latest blog posts, videos and designs.  I'll post the link below for the new site.  The new site streamlines the process of purchasing plans with a shopping cart and an instant download link after payment.  In the past I have emailed out the plans manually but with the new site you can get an instant download.  I hope you guys find the new site helpful and informative.  Let me know if you have any feedback or questions about the new site!

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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #85 on: January 18, 2017, 03:00 PM »
Just purchased your plans. Outstanding work - everything is clear and very detailed. Thank you so much for putting your time into that!

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« Reply #86 on: January 18, 2017, 08:00 PM »
Just purchased your plans. Outstanding work - everything is clear and very detailed. Thank you so much for putting your time into that!

@rostyvyg thanks for the purchase and I really appreciate the feedback.  Always nice to know that your work is appreciated :)  I worked as an architectural technologist for 6 years before I went full time with my woodworking business so I have a good amount of experience putting sets of plans together.  I find my experience in the architectural field comes in very handy with what I do now.

If you get a chance to submit some photos of your finished MPT you can do so at the link below as well as view other completed MPT's.  I'd love to see more user photos if any of you guys have finished your MPT.  Thanks again to everyone that has purchased plans.  Every little bit helps when raising a young family being self employed.

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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #87 on: January 19, 2017, 04:53 PM »
Don,

Hi.   One of my projects is to replace or upgrade my MFT 1080.   The top is pretty beat up and it doesn't quite match my needs any more.   Your MPT could be the replacement.   

One concern for me is ACCURATELY cutting the 20mm holes in an MPT top.   One appealing solution for cutting these holes is Peter Parfitt's "UJK Parf Guide System" (UJK PGS).   Apparently it's inexpensive, easy to use, and accurate.   I'm curious to get your thoughts about using the UJK PGS to make an MPT top.

Here's a link to the FOG PGS discussion thread: http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-sales-dealer-area/ujk-parf-guide-system-videos/ .  Please let me know.

Thanks,

Dan.

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« Reply #88 on: January 19, 2017, 08:16 PM »
Hi Dan,

The UJK system looks like a great way to accurately drill the holes for the top.  I just watched Peter's video and it's a very well designed system.  The MPT plans do include instructions on how to make an accurate system of holes in the top using a shop made jig and a bushing and drill bit from Lee Valley.  I drilled the holes in my MPT top this way and my cuts with my track saw are bang on square.  I think the UJK system would do a great job getting the holes drilled in an MPT top as well.

@Peter Parfitt, great job on the design of the UJK system.  Having designed a lot of different jigs myself I can appreciate what you put into that.
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Re: New MPT (multi purpose top)
« Reply #89 on: January 20, 2017, 02:22 AM »
Hi Dan,

The UJK system looks like a great way to accurately drill the holes for the top.  I just watched Peter's video and it's a very well designed system.  The MPT plans do include instructions on how to make an accurate system of holes in the top using a shop made jig and a bushing and drill bit from Lee Valley.  I drilled the holes in my MPT top this way and my cuts with my track saw are bang on square.  I think the UJK system would do a great job getting the holes drilled in an MPT top as well.

@Peter Parfitt, great job on the design of the UJK system.  Having designed a lot of different jigs myself I can appreciate what you put into that.

Hi Dan,

Many thanks. It was 3 years of work with several dead ends and loads of attention to detail to get to the level of accuracy that the PGS can achieve. Every component has to contribute to the overall accuracy.

The only way to test any shop made hole drilling jig or even commercial system is to either do the 4 cut (some call it 5 cut) test or use one of those very clever measuring machines which cost more than my car. I made a video of my 4 cut test, which was done in a single un-edited take, and all the pieces cut are wrapped in plastic and preserved for inspection by anyone at any time.

My wife needed a large square for making perfectly square Roman blinds and so I roughly jointed some strips of wood. I had one good straight edge and then cut it perfectly square on my tracksaw cutting station that had been created with the PGS.

My apologies for putting all of this on your thread but I have an obsession with things being truly square.

Peter