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Offline MarkF

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  • Concord, NC
MFT Guide Rail Catch
« on: February 24, 2007, 01:45 PM »
I had a problem with the MFT guide rail whacking me in the head or ruining work while it was stored in a vertical position and for whatever reason it came crashing down.  Here's how I fixed it:

Child proof door latch, piece of 1/2" ply, 1/4" Hex bolt and a wingnut.

Here it is mounted to the back of the MFT holding the rail.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2007, 06:24 AM by MarkF »

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Offline Jim Dailey

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Re: MFT Guide Rail Catch
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2007, 02:20 PM »

Great Idea!!!  Simple but eloquent!!

Thanks for sharing,
Life is just a series of projects...

Offline Matthew Schenker

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Re: MFT Guide Rail Catch
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2007, 02:22 PM »
Excellent!  Good thinking.

I've had the guide rail crash down on me a few times, mostly late at night when I'm working later than I should.

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Offline bill-e

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    • New Hampshire Woodworker
Re: MFT Guide Rail Catch
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2007, 03:04 PM »

That is great!  I have them all over the Kitchen cuz of the grand kid...lemme see if I can find an extra one.

Offline ejantny

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  • Scotia, NY
Re: MFT Guide Rail Catch
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2007, 11:28 PM »
Cooool!!  Thanks for the tip.

Offline Dan Clark

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Re: MFT Guide Rail Catch
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2007, 11:59 PM »
Excellent!   I've got several MFT Guide Rail bumps.   (Usually it smacks me right on the top of my head.   

Looks expensive though.  I'll bet that cost all of $2.   ;D

Thanks for a great "easy" solution.


Offline Steven Herbin

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Re: MFT Guide Rail Catch
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2007, 09:27 AM »
Thanks for the great tip.

I knew having grandchildren would be useful for something other than hugs.
ATF55, MFT 1080, OF1400, DX93, Domino, ETS150/3, CT22, Various Rails, Parallel Guides, Misc. clamps and stuff

Offline dogutsukawu

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Re: MFT Guide Rail Catch
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2010, 04:07 PM »
My solution to the guide-falling-on-my-head problem is a super magnet "latch".  It latches automatically when I lift, and unlatches when I pull the guide.


This shows the guide latched in the upright position by the magnet which grab the guide support.


Offline MarkF

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  • Concord, NC
Re: MFT Guide Rail Catch
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2010, 04:57 PM »
Looks good!
Mine is still in use every weekend and a couple evenings during the week.  The hook pulled the splinterstrip away from the far end of the sawguide so it works better to put the device on the other side of the guide.

Offline Corwin

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Re: MFT Guide Rail Catch
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2010, 07:21 PM »
Just to clarify what you see in Lloyd's (dogutsukawu) photos above where he uses a magnet to hold his rail in the upright position, the photos also show his version of the TS55 Garage.

Offline Greg Powers

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Re: MFT Guide Rail Catch
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2010, 06:49 PM »
I have had that guide rail fall and hit me more then once  [embarassed]
Greg Powers