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Offline Dane

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Praise for the Woodrave MFT jig
« on: July 07, 2016, 04:12 PM »
I don't see a lot of mention of the Woodrave jig here- so I thought I'd throw in my 2'cents.  It works remarkably well and quickly for a very low cost.  It took me about 20 minutes start to finish to set up for and complete a 2ft x 5ft custom top.  When finished, I checked for square using the Anderson Plywood MFT square and couldn't find any issues.  Pics below.

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Offline mike_aa

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Re: Praise for the Woodrave MFT jig
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2016, 05:20 PM »
Here's an older thread about the jig:

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Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: Praise for the Woodrave MFT jig
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2016, 04:49 AM »
Thanks for the pointers and a new post - never would have found the old one on my own.

How about the $400 version - a one-off made of CNC red (or green) anodized aluminum with laser etched white markings, sold in a red (or green) systainer with a suitable router bit - choice of 8mm or 1/2" shank and 3/4" or 20mm diameters, and all in fitted foam?  I think someone is missing a marketing opportunity.  And imagine how much you could charge for the 1/4" thick aluminum pegboard template, if you could figure out how to make it work technically. :)

Seriously, hoorah for the reasonable price.  This just became my new first choice for how to make an MFT top if I ever need one.  (My second choice would be to have it CNC'd.)

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Re: Praise for the Woodrave MFT jig
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2016, 01:17 PM »
Thanks for using the Anderson MFT Square!
It's always nice to see it in action!


I don't see a lot of mention of the Woodrave jig here- so I thought I'd throw in my 2'cents.  It works remarkably well and quickly for a very low cost.  It took me about 20 minutes start to finish to set up for and complete a 2ft x 5ft custom top.  When finished, I checked for square using the Anderson Plywood MFT square and couldn't find any issues.  Pics below.
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Offline ear3

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Re: Praise for the Woodrave MFT jig
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2016, 07:11 AM »
Agreed.  I used it to make my bench top. 
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Offline JimD

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Re: Praise for the Woodrave MFT jig
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2016, 05:52 PM »
I also have used the Woodrave jig on my PC690 with a Freud 20mm bit to make a workbench top and another worksurface.  I drilled 1/2 holes first for the workbench and the Freud bit went through quickly - the top is 3/4 plywood.  It is 3 feet by 7 feet.  The other worksurface is 2 feet by 7 feet with a 1/2 inch plywood top.  I did not pre-drill it and the plunging wasn't as smooth and easy but it worked.  The woodrave jig had no issues in either case.

I've been working on squaring jigs for the workbench top today.  They are 2 inch wide, 1 inch thick with 3/4 dowels to engage the workbench top.  I will add hanger bolts to secure them.  It appears that the holes are quite square despite some irregularity in the pegboard hole position. 

I think this is a good way to make a perforated top.  The holes are on 4 inch centers - not quite the MFT spacing but close (you have your choice of even inches due to the pegboard hole pattern).  My worksurfaces are Paulk style and I do not use dogs but it appears the holes are accurate enough I could.

Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: Praise for the Woodrave MFT jig
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2016, 04:54 PM »
I don't have the Festool or PC router.  Is there any chance that the inside diameter of the hole in the base will fit a standard bushing size, either imperial or metric?

Offline Cheese

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Re: Praise for the Woodrave MFT jig
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2016, 05:15 PM »
I don't have the Festool or PC router.  Is there any chance that the inside diameter of the hole in the base will fit a standard bushing size, either imperial or metric?

FWIW...it will attach to a Milwaukee 5616-29 router if you own one of those.

The hole inside diameter is 29.5mm or 1.61".
« Last Edit: August 13, 2016, 08:03 AM by Cheese »

Offline Svar

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Re: Praise for the Woodrave MFT jig
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2016, 05:49 PM »
I considered this approach (on someone's suggestion long before the jig was available). But when I went to pick up pegboard I realized that spacing on it (row vs columns) wasn't exactly accurate. That is of course manufacturer/batch specific and has to be checked.
Other than that simple and quick solution.

Offline JimD

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Re: Praise for the Woodrave MFT jig
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2016, 09:22 PM »
My pegboard holes are not perfectly lined up either but it doesn't seem to affect the hole spacing enough to matter.  Maybe if you use dogs to cut right angles but I doubt it.  I think the variation is not big enough to throw things off over the lengths that you use them to index.  My squaring jigs are as square as my squares. 

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Re: Praise for the Woodrave MFT jig
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2016, 09:57 AM »
I haven't been on the Forum much for sometime, so much going on. But I came across this thread and just want to say I appreciate all the positive feedback. Thanks!

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Re: Praise for the Woodrave MFT jig
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2016, 09:12 PM »
for those who want to go the CNC route, we have both CAD Drawings and matching DXF files for CNC routers available as free downloads at
https://tsoproducts.com/plans-drawings/worktop-cnc-routing-files/
 We have had quite a few takers since word has spread.
in response to requests we have created a new set of drawings with dual dimensions  Imperial/Metric. These will be revision letter B and will replace letter A Imperial only dimensioned drawings in a few days.
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Offline rlamb007

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Re: Praise for the Woodrave MFT jig
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2017, 05:29 PM »
I know this thread is a little old.  But this last summer,  I purchased and used the Woodrave jig to make a MFT top for my Paulk style work bench.  It worked like a charm and turned out very accurate.  Would recommend this as a way to make a very handy MFT type top on the cheap.  I will try to attached some pictures.

Offline james.barnas

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Re: Praise for the Woodrave MFT jig
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2017, 10:27 PM »
I noticed you're using a Milwaukee router with Festool 20mm bit? Do they make a 8mm aftermarket collet for the Milwaukee router?

Offline rlamb007

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Re: Praise for the Woodrave MFT jig
« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2017, 11:06 AM »
It is the standard 8mm adapter for 1/2 collet. 
Bit worked great.

Offline james.barnas

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Re: Praise for the Woodrave MFT jig
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2017, 09:15 PM »
We're did you buy 8mm adapter for Milwaukee?

Offline Svar

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Re: Praise for the Woodrave MFT jig
« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2017, 10:53 PM »
We're did you buy 8mm adapter for Milwaukee?
Lee Valley has them in router bit accessories.

Offline Pnw painter

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Re: Praise for the Woodrave MFT jig
« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2017, 03:34 AM »
Dane, in addition to your thoughts on the Woodrave jig, you've given me some good ideas for a new workshop table I'd like to build. Thanks!