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Offline EricT

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Re: old/newbie introduction
« Reply #30 on: October 26, 2014, 11:05 AM »
I'm going to keep details about my upcoming purchase plans and some project pics in here, if this isn't the spot to do so, feel free to suggest a better place.  Also, dumb questions.  I had no idea about the importance of the DE to the domino, and I appreciate that feedback immensely.

So next up I need a build table.  However, doing what I do it makes sense to have a portable/rolling table, so I'm not sure if purchasing an MFT is the right way to go vs just buying some of the parts (rails, guides, top) and making my own.  That's what I am tossing around right now.

I really like this design here http://www.benchworks.be/mftc.html whoever made this is probably on these forums, to whoever that is - excellent design work!  Very nice.  My only issue is, I have a short bed toyota tacoma with a rolling tonneau cover on it.  The cover closes at ~18 inches in height, so I need to modify up the design with that restriction in mind.  I'm kicking around some design ideas to that end now, how to thin it out for transport.  Have the top detach completely, so it would really be a rolling sysport style cart that is designed to lay flat instead of upright, that the top would attach to separately.  The loose idea of it anyhow.

That way I don't need to purchase a whole mft, but rather just the rail system and top, so there's more money for dogs/clamps/guides for the drawer trays, etc.  I think, I haven't spoken to my sales rep about this yet as I don't want to bother him while he's busy with the recon sale.

That aside, I'm also trying to figure out what the next smart tool purchase would be.  I keep coming back to the idea of picking up a carvex.  Here's a good question - is there any huge difference between the battery vs corded version in terms of performance/power, I think it will run off of the 15 volt LI batteries my c15 came with.  And, if anyone could let me know what else those batteries are compatible with, just out of curiosity.

I appreciate all the help with everything guys.  I haven't even fired up my saw yet, waiting on the vac to get here first - but the drill is phenomenal.  Really great purchase.  I'm hooked!

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Re: old/newbie introduction
« Reply #31 on: October 26, 2014, 05:04 PM »
Eric,  I got the plans for the http://www.benchworks.be/mftc.html. He has some great designs and I like the ideas, but like you I have a Tacoma and this is better suited for standing up in a truck. I ended up making one similar to http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-jigs-tool-enhancements/homemade-mft-done-wpics/, sans the vise. Smaller than the standard MFT and the table I got at Costco for $80. Just had to make a modified top. For straight cutting you can set up the guide rail track with parf dogs. For quick set up on site I almost like this better than the MFT set up. See Peter Parfitt's video on how to use them. They are $40 for 2 sets. I know one day I will actually buy a MFT table though.

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Offline EricT

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Re: old/newbie introduction
« Reply #32 on: October 27, 2014, 07:44 PM »
Hey Anthony

I'm well acquainted with Peters channel, love his vids.  He's great.

I want something that will act like a systainer drawer rack system, but be able to roll on its back in my bed so I can close the rollup cover.  I just need to figure out how to set up a top/mft style system that will quick clamp onto it somehow.  Shouldn't be too hard to figure out, just not there quite yet.

Today was my first day using my new c15 in the shop.  Hole smokes it is so nice... again, I had high expectations - expectations shattered.  Brilliant!  (as Mr. Parfitt would say).

The only thing I could think of as a feature I would like would be a bubble level on top that is in line with the driveshaft. I might play around with that idea and stick something on there, just to keep me from driving crooked when I think I'm straight on.

Get my ct midi tomorrow.  Then I'll start testing out the tracksaw!