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Offline mcooley

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Mobile MFT version?
« on: March 03, 2017, 08:44 AM »
What is a good alternative to the MFT table for mobile use? I am tired of lugging my MFT around. Even putting it on wheels which I have done is still too inconvenient. Lifting it into my vehicle and situating it once inside is a real bummer. A great mobile design in my opinion would keep the weight below 35 lbs. But the other issue is where one interfaces with the table while lifting and carrying it.

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Re: Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2017, 08:49 AM »
Maybe some details of your usage will help with guidance.  Obviously the side of the top and whether or not you use the side profiles for clamping will come into play.  Also, are you a fence or  bench dogs person?  Clamping only or cutting?

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Re: Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2017, 09:00 AM »
I am a bench dog guy for sure. Both cutting and clamping. I do need the rails but only on the longer of the two sides.

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Re: Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2017, 09:06 AM »
I am a bench dog guy for sure. Both cutting and clamping. I do need the rails but only on the longer of the two sides.

Great.  Thanks for that.  Now you will get some guidance from those who have put together something for themselves that you can pick and choose what parts might work for you.

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Offline Mark Johnson

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Re: Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2017, 09:11 AM »
You may find this interesting if you have not seen it before:



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Offline mcooley

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Re: Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2017, 09:36 AM »
I have seen this design. Thanks. I like parts of it for sure. I'll look for his other videos to see how he uses the track with the guides without rails etc.

Offline ddb

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Re: Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2017, 09:38 AM »
Checkout the 'MF-TC' by @Timtool
Sitting high on my upcoming projects list :-)

http://benchworks.be/en/projects/mf-tc-multifunction-tool-cart/

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Re: Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2017, 09:46 AM »
Yes. I think this is the one I am considering as well. I might change some things about it but the basic idea is fantastic. Now I just have to get it done!

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Re: Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2017, 09:55 AM »

Offline mcooley

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Re: Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2017, 10:00 AM »
This last one worries me a bit in terms of stability and it loosening over time.

Offline shanegrilah

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Re: Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2017, 10:09 AM »
Not sure about durability or stability over time but further down in the thread the creator posted a video of two people standing on it.

Offline mcooley

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Re: Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2017, 10:25 AM »
I don't doubt it is strong. Those interlocking joints are legit. But over time and through some heavy use I feel like they may lose some of their tightness. The MFTC is cool because of how it flips and remains a monolithic unit. Although everything going flat is also an attractive idea. I'd be willing to spend a little more time assembling and disassembling if it gives me more room.

My thinking is if I do make something I will probably do a hybrid design. This would also be a great design-thinking project for my HS design students. So maybe we'll try and tackle this once I get them up to speed with more tool use. 

Offline Peter_C

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Re: Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2017, 11:58 AM »
Here ya go! I have a SYS3-MFT that weighs just over 20lbs, as it holds a majority of the MFT type accessories. You didn't say how big it had to be ;)



You could even go BIGGER and still keep the weight under 35lbs.


I have no idea how much my holey table weighs, but it is far more than 35lbs, especially when counting in the Toughbuilt 700 sawhorses. You could make a smaller slab of some kind and use plastic saw horses, but after using an MFT you might not like the quality.

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Re: Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2017, 12:15 PM »
What is a good alternative to the MFT table for mobile use? I am tired of lugging my MFT around. Even putting it on wheels which I have done is still too inconvenient. Lifting it into my vehicle and situating it once inside is a real bummer. A great mobile design in my opinion would keep the weight below 35 lbs. But the other issue is where one interfaces with the table while lifting and carrying it.

If you are more interested in using the bench for your track saw then you might be interested in a simple solution that will allow you to make as many replacement tops as you want for no more than the cost of some MDF.

Take a look at reply 308 in this thread:

http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-sales-dealer-area/ujk-parf-guide-system-videos/msg497994/#msg497994

You can always add a very simple vice to your bench which would take you about an hour to make:

http://festoolownersgroup.com/hand-tools/the-parf-vice-video-an-easy-to-make-accessory/msg499552/#msg499552

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Offline mcooley

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Re: Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2017, 12:52 PM »
Very clever! I like it. Thanks for sharing Peter. It would make a lot of sense at school where I teach since we are always on a tight budget.

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Re: Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2017, 01:14 PM »
Very clever! I like it. Thanks for sharing Peter. It would make a lot of sense at school where I teach since we are always on a tight budget.

m

Yes, schools are getting in on the Parf guide System act now and I am sure that word will spread. Perhaps the woodwork teachers have their own "FOG".

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Offline DiscoStu

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Re: Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2017, 03:01 AM »
The great thing about the PGS is that you can use it over and over again to make untold amounts of tops.

This is a if solution that you could buy or make similar yourself:

http://www.multifunctionslab.com


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Offline mcooley

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Re: Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2017, 10:08 AM »
I forgot about this one. Thanks!

Offline Scorpion

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Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2017, 08:29 AM »
Had the same frustration as you.  Got tired of lugging mine around so I made what I call MFT Horses.  I've posted about them on here before so I apologize to those of you who have already seen them.



Top is a simple box that has clamp/dog holes machined into the surfaces



It attaches to Dewalt saw horses using standard miter saw brackets.



I chose to laminate mine so I could use them more for Glue-ups but they're simple enough that the top could also be sacrificial.  Just make another when it's too far gone.  Here I used my first on to assemble the second -



I use them so much that I added paper rolls to them so I can paint, stain, and do other things which would typically hum up the surface.



They've become a very versatile part of my workflow in the shop too.  I use them to stack materials as I'm working through the machining steps, use them for assembly, and finishing as well.  I've been tempted to make a couple more.



« Last Edit: March 05, 2017, 03:13 PM by Scorpion »

Offline LTD

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Re: Mobile MFT version?
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2017, 02:12 PM »
I would think that there are easier ways to move the MFT....

Look on YouTube... how they move Granite/Concrete countertops into homes for one.  Also Gun Safes, items that can be bulky.

I recently had a 16' Awning delivered and the truck driver used a Carpet Roll Mover to place it in my backyard garage, one handed.

Might find some ideas.  Good Hunting!