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Offline 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.



Offline 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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Offline rdr

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Re: First Project - DIY MFT
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2017, 03:42 PM »
Quick Update

Retro fitted the MFT rail hinge thingys today to make productivity a bit more efficient. So far working out really well, calibrated square to the holes so I can use dogs as a fence.

Offline live4ever

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Re: First Project - DIY MFT
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2017, 04:04 PM »
Great job!  How did you end up attaching the guide rail bracket?
"What you have to do tomorrow, do today.  What you have to do today, do now."  - a wise grandfather who was clearly talking about purchasing Festools

Offline rdr

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Re: First Project - DIY MFT
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2017, 04:17 PM »

I made a really basic bracket from 3mm steel, removed the plastic guides from the MFT components and bolted it together. Attached the rail, lined it all up absolutely square and then drilled and mounted the brackets to the table frame. It was more of a trial to be honest I had a grand plan in mind but after using it I think ill stick with it for now.

Offline rdr

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Re: First Project - DIY MFT
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2017, 03:49 PM »
Another quick Update

Made MKII brackets today after using my "Beta" version for a hundred cuts or so. Just tweaks to the Holes to reduce vertical travel slop, test indicates nice smooth vertical adjustment now. Cuts accurate and repetitive.

Offline rdr

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Re: First Project - DIY MFT
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2017, 04:28 AM »
Thought I would add a few Pics of my Metal working MFT type workbench and welding table i have built at the same time as the wood working version above.  Next plan is a new Mitre station with MFT top and Extraction underneath the holes and above. Everything is the exact same height as my mobile MFT copy and the Welding bench is height adjustable so I can slide things together for larger work.  All at various stages but I am slowly trying to get my place organised which is taking some time  :-\




Offline waho6o9

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Re: First Project - DIY MFT
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2017, 10:07 AM »
Awesome work rdr!