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Online rdr

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First Project - DIY MFT
« on: April 13, 2017, 04:18 PM »
My tools turned up this week and for my first job I thought I would keep it simple and  build a basic MFT/fabrication table.

I may well get an MFT3 at some stage but they looked a bit small and I thought I would have a go and see how I get on with a DIY version to start with. I normally play with metal so went with an MFT top on a metal frame for now with the intention of building SYSports and storage underneath it. Heres a few pics of the build;

Phase one - The Top

8x4 sheet of 18mm MDF cut down to 1500x800 using the TS55 and various tracks, I had trouble with the tracks getting them to lay flat together, the saw wouldn't run smooth between the two. I will post further details on my issue in another thread. I then lined up the CNC Pro JIG ready to cut some holes with the OF1010:


All went quite smoothly double checking alignment when moving the jig along being key:

Completed the hole cutting in about an hour, dust extraction was amazing.


Phase 2 - The Frame
I  used 30x30x2.5mm Angle making the top frame a perfect and snug fit for the 18mm slab. I decided not to physically attach the MDF to the frame instead making it tightly fit into the corners of the frame where the angle sits 5mm higher to grip it. I will see how this works over time.

Legs on and then its all welded up and castors fitted.
Finished with a coat of Festool grey paint:


Initial checks indicate the holes are square and work with the parf dogs I have so I will see how it goes. I may well look at adding a fence of some sort to it next. Overall pretty pleased with it for a couple of hours work and less than £50 in materials it will do me for starters  [smile]

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Offline rvieceli

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Re: First Project - DIY MFT
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2017, 05:14 PM »
Excellent work! Nice to see the coped corners on the angle iron. [big grin]


Offline couplands

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Re: First Project - DIY MFT
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2017, 04:32 PM »
I've used the same jig to route the 20mm holes with my OF1010. Did you find the holes a good fit for the 20mm dogs..? I had to shim my guide bush with some foil tape and the resultant holes are a good fit but I find that it has thrown the alignment off very slightly.

I would be interested in you experience.



Online rdr

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Re: First Project - DIY MFT
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2017, 04:55 PM »
Hi, I did a test with and without the foil and found using it made the holes a little too tight for the dogs I purchased. Overall at the skill level I'm at I am happy for the moment but will look into getting a little tighter fit on the next slab I cut. I hadn't considered the knock on effect of alignment being thrown which I will look out for.

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