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Offline JG

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MFT top question
« on: June 02, 2019, 01:33 PM »
Hey FOGGERS!  I am looking for some assistance with my MFT top project.  My old top is worn and I want to make a new one.  I have the SYS-MFT and would like to incorporate two of its features in my new MFT top - non skid strip and V notch.

From what I could measure, I need to make a 20 mm wide dado about 2 mm deep.  This should cause the strip to protrude 1 mm above the surface.  Does that appear accurate?  I am thinking about two of them to the left of the track's cutting area and running parallel to the track.  One in between the first and second row of holes and the second in the middle of the third and fourth row of holes.  This should allow me to use the strips to sand, but keep them away from the cutting area.  Any input on where to place the strips? 

As far as the V notch, I am thinking of using a V Groove router bit and place the depth just a hair above the top of the MFT rail.  This should prevent any round stock from touching the rail when it sits in the groove.  (it will avoid it unless the stock touches the base of the V notch)   I am thinking of making this V groove parallel to the nonstick strips in the center of the second to third row of holes.

I appreciate any input.  Thanks for your help.

Jim

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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: MFT top question
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2019, 03:38 PM »
I wouldn’t mess with the surface of the cutting table. Instead, get a non-slip mat to lay on the table when needed.

Offline Peter Parfitt

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Re: MFT top question
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2019, 04:23 PM »
Hi Jim

I tend to agree with Michael although you could have a "V" channel somewhere out of the way on your top for the odd times when it might be needed.

Now what follows is a blatant advertisement for my Parf Guide System....

If you want to create a new custom top then you should consider the Parf Guide System. In the UK it is sold by Axminster Tools and Machinery (who export world wide), in the US TSO are your friendly distributor and in Canada go no further than Lee Valley. There are other manufacturers with other solutions for new tops but the UJK Parf Guide System is part of a family of MFT style solutions which have all been designed to fit together with nice tight tolerances to improve accuracy.

My apologies for this but I hope that this will help you with your future needs.

Cheers.

Peter

Offline jobsworth

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Re: MFT top question
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2019, 02:08 PM »
seems like it could work. I at one time routed a groove in my MFT about 2" wide and 3/8s deep so i could make a sacrificial strip so the saw kerf can be replaced any time. Worked good, just got tired of replacing te strip. So give it a go. try it use it for a while and let us know how it works for ya

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: MFT top question
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2019, 11:35 AM »
@Peter Parfitt I know this is a month old but I want to warn people about getting the PGS from Lee Valley. Seems like L.V. purchase a huge pile of the original version and only sell that one. That's the one I am using and I am very satisfied with it :)
Mario

Offline Peter Parfitt

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Re: MFT top question
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2019, 11:43 AM »
Hi Mario,

Many thanks.

Peter