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Offline RogerF

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Another Sys-Port
« on: October 20, 2008, 04:47 PM »
This is an old post but some reason the images were lost on 2010. I've edited it to repost the photos.
9 years later still glad to have made it. I haven't seen the back in ages but I've just made another that supports my MFT and can accommodate my growing collection. I used the same process and critical measurements. I'll post the results when I have finished it.

Tired of the Tetris game that I played every day with my systainers trying to get to the tool I wanted it dawned on me that I really need a shelving unit for my modest collection.
I think Systainers are great for organizing and on-site efficiency but in a small shop you need a system that keeps them handy. I read Neil's post and saw Brice's sketch up and thought it would be worth my time to build one. It's tall and narrow because I need to move it around to get to my lumber, but the dimensions were also dictated by available materials.
I had a few sheets of 3/4" Cherry shop ply left over from a recent job. They were already cut into 48"X16" pieces. I scrounged some solid cherry and peg board from my off-cut pile, the casters were also due to change-orders, the finish is Target Coatings garnet shellac and lacquer also left over from that job. All I had to buy was a box of ten 14"drawer glides for $58.
It was also an opportunity to try a few different techniques in construction because of Festools. I still use face frames and attach them to the carcasse with splines, but I used dominoes instead of dadoes or sliding dovetails to join various panels. Another first was mitering the top to the sides. I have tended to avoid miter joints unless they have some interlocking feature feature because they lack strength. The MFT3 with TS55 lets me cut accurate and square miters. The Domino makes them strong. The fence stop kept the sides the same length and the domino aligned everything quickly.
I milled cherry runners for the slides with tongues at each end to mate with slots cut in the back of the face frames. These were not glued in but rest on spacers made out of spline material. Re-arrange the spacers or cut new ones to adjust the shelf configeration. This saves time in planning and assembly. The width of the runners was 1 3/4" so screwing the slides to them required no measuring to get them on center.
Thanks Neil for the idea of dowels to locate the systainers on their shelves.
The 2" deep back is because I had two extra inches of depth to use up. The cross shelf there is to hang clamps and the peg board can be used to hang other stuff like jigs I've made.
« Last Edit: October 02, 2017, 09:01 PM by RogerF »

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Offline Ted Miller

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Re: Another Sys-Port
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2008, 05:13 PM »
Rodger, Nice job, I keep kicking myself for not building one and now my thumbs are getting raw snapping and unsnapping all these clips every day. Some of my tools go to sites with me along with the MFT/3-midi so I like locking the sys together. I wish could I find the room in my shop for a port...
Miller's Wood Works

Offline TheTassieBFG

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Re: Another Sys-Port
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2008, 05:20 PM »
nice work. Looks good and functional. You may have been inspired by others but i'm sure you will inspire some others as well. 


Offline Frank Pellow

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Re: Another Sys-Port
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2008, 05:28 PM »
Good job Roger and well described and photographed!  I am always interested in the variations that folks employ when they build their sysports. 

I have one purchased sysport, one home made one, and there is a good chance that I will be building another one this winter.
               Frank (Festool connoisseur)

Offline RogerF

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Re: Another Sys-Port
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2008, 05:42 PM »
I agree, I like the convenience when on site. I bought my first Festools for on site work and never really understood the need for a Sys-port. I had heard that the latches eased up a bit when broken in but I fear that may not be the case!
Andrew and Frank,
Thank you for your kind words. This is my first post of this sort and I am grateful. Love the pic for your avatar, Frank.

Offline Mike Chrest

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Re: Another Sys-Port
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2008, 07:08 PM »
Wow Rodger,
  Nice work. The cherry looks really classy. I like the peg board/ clamp rack on the back also, nice use of space. I keep meaning to make a rolling clamp rack.

Offline harry_

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Re: Another Sys-Port
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2010, 09:42 PM »
where did the pictures go?
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Offline woodguy7

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Re: Another Sys-Port
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2010, 07:06 AM »
I cant see any pics either  [sad]

If its made of wood, i can make it smaller.
Shirt size medium
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Offline Forrest Anderson

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Re: Another Sys-Port
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2010, 10:01 AM »

I don't know what's happened to the pictures. Since the photos are meant to be stored on the FOG server (rather than Flikr or PhotoBucket etc) I have reported the problem to Shane in case it's a glitch with the forum software or server.


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Re: Another Sys-Port
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2010, 10:44 AM »
I had noticed missing images in several older posts.  There is an option in the forum software to purge image attachments on posts older than a certain date.  I wonder if the previous forum administrator purged old post attachments (images) due to storage space restrictions.  Let me clarify that this is only a theory as to what happened. Unfortunately, if that is that case, I don't have a means to retrieve or recover them. 

However, if that is not the case, I have backups of the forum from July.  I will check those backups later today to see if those attachments existed at that time.

Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

Offline vkumar

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Re: Another Sys-Port
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2010, 01:42 AM »

Any updates on the missing pictures?

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Offline RogerF

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Re: Another Sys-Port
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2017, 09:03 PM »
I'm back and found the photos from 2008.