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Offline dwillis

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Axe sharpening station with SYS-MFT
« on: November 06, 2017, 11:42 PM »
I was looking for a way to set up a portable axe sharpening station and naturally thought of Festool because of their extensive selection of axes and sharpening tools🧐. Okay, not really, but using a SYS-MFT and some clamps I came up with a simple and IMHO an elegant solution. Instead of a lengthy and unnecessary explanation I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Plus I can store all of the sharpening tools in the SYS-MFT.

So far I’ve successfully used this setup for the small Husqvarna Woods axe and no problems. One possible addition would be several “V” groove blocks for the clamps, but the configuration as shown works,
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Axe sharpening station with SYS-MFT
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2017, 05:37 AM »
Nice, looks like it will do the job.

As I look at your photos though I am wondering why FT, or no one for
that matter that I know of, has made a clamp or an attachment for a
clamp designed to more firmly grasp a round object. That flat, swivel
foot is not the best, but a V-shaped piece that snapped on the foot in
place of the plastic pad might be a big improvement.

If I had a 3D printer I think this would be a good candidate. A block with
a V groove on one side and a T slot on the opposite side for the foot to
slide into.
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Offline dwillis

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Re: Axe sharpening station with SYS-MFT
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2017, 07:40 AM »
Bob- I’m looking forward to buying a couple of swiveling v-blocks that snap onto the FT clamps from you, I think that’s a great idea.

dwillis
Remember that the only scientist to walk on the moon was a geologist.  Dr. Harrison Schmitt - Apollo 17 - Valley of Taurus-Littrow - 11 to 17 December 1972.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Axe sharpening station with SYS-MFT
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2017, 03:08 PM »
Bob- I’m looking forward to buying a couple of swiveling v-blocks that snap onto the FT clamps from you, I think that’s a great idea.

dwillis

Ok, well you will have to wait until I spend a couple thou on a 3d printer so I can make a $1 part. :-)

But really, I plan to give this a go and make a couple w/o a 3d printer just to see if they will work.
I think it won't be too hard to make them. I have been thinking about this and I think I could use
a T-slot bit in the router to make the slot for the foot and cut the V groove on the table saw or router
table with a 45 chamfer bit.
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It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?