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Offline Richard/RMW

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #480 on: January 07, 2019, 08:16 AM »
Still going round and round in circles trying to find affordable but good adjustable legs.
Tried some from local Screwfix and there is so much play in the thread that I am going to return them. Any suggestions?

Not sure if this will help. For another setup I used some of the 80/20 holey tubes with 3030 (pretty sure) inside, using a t-nut and adjustable handle to lock the leg height. Couldn't locate a good photo showing full length but @ the bottom I tapped the hole 5/16" or 8mm and threaded in a foot.



They are simple enough to hinge @ the top with a bolt thru the hole in the tube. If it'll help I can get a better photo later today.

RMW
As of 10/17 I am out of the Dog business and pursuing other distractions. Thanks for a fun ride!

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Offline Cheese

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #481 on: January 07, 2019, 12:09 PM »
Many thanks @RobBob for finding and posting the video.  [big grin]

I've never seen one of his videos before, but this was certainly impressive. [thumbs up]

Offline RobBob

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #482 on: January 07, 2019, 02:36 PM »
Still going round and round in circles trying to find affordable but good adjustable legs.
Tried some from local Screwfix and there is so much play in the thread that I am going to return them. Any suggestions?

Not sure if this will help. For another setup I used some of the 80/20 holey tubes with 3030 (pretty sure) inside, using a t-nut and adjustable handle to lock the leg height. Couldn't locate a good photo showing full length but @ the bottom I tapped the hole 5/16" or 8mm and threaded in a foot.

(Attachment Link)

They are simple enough to hinge @ the top with a bolt thru the hole in the tube. If it'll help I can get a better photo later today.

RMW

Richard, I don't suppose I could sweet talk you into posting a parts list for those legs, feet, pins, etc, could I?   ;D

Offline Richard/RMW

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #483 on: January 07, 2019, 07:21 PM »
Still going round and round in circles trying to find affordable but good adjustable legs.
Tried some from local Screwfix and there is so much play in the thread that I am going to return them. Any suggestions?

Not sure if this will help. For another setup I used some of the 80/20 holey tubes with 3030 (pretty sure) inside, using a t-nut and adjustable handle to lock the leg height. Couldn't locate a good photo showing full length but @ the bottom I tapped the hole 5/16" or 8mm and threaded in a foot.

(Attachment Link)

They are simple enough to hinge @ the top with a bolt thru the hole in the tube. If it'll help I can get a better photo later today.

RMW

Richard, I don't suppose I could sweet talk you into posting a parts list for those legs, feet, pins, etc, could I?   ;D

Start talkin' cowboy...

Holey tube
Foot
3030 24" long
Pick whichever t-nut suits the handle you use

30-3030 metric series



Holey Tube (RT series)



The 3030 metric profile slips inside the holey tube with a little slop. You tap the end of the 3030 to 5/16" or 8mm depending on the foot you get. The 5/18" or 8mm or whatever thread you use handle or bolt goes thru the hole in the tube & threads into the t-nut inside the 3030 slot.

I just linked to random listings on the 80/20 eBay store to give you an idea of the specifics, you need to figure out the lengths for your application. If you shop around you can come up with options for the foot and adjustable handle on Amazon or eBay.

Disclaimer: Doing this from memory inside the warm house so you need to double check everything before you order it, not responsible for my own dumb errors omissions oversights...

Good luck.

RMW
As of 10/17 I am out of the Dog business and pursuing other distractions. Thanks for a fun ride!

Offline RobBob

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #484 on: January 07, 2019, 08:27 PM »
@RMW
Thank you, Sweetie!   [eek]

Offline ART at WORK

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #485 on: January 08, 2019, 07:15 PM »
I have the RockandRoller Wheels on my Cart and I think they are great. Very strong and more importantly light
weight

Cheers
Pip

Trying to decide on wheels - any UKers have any links to wheels they've used? I was looking at wheelchair ones like these:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200mm-8-Non-Marking-Grey-Rubber-Wheelchair-Wheel/282957458792
quite like the idea of a bearing but maybe it's overkill.

@mickmick

Although I've *still* not got round to actually building my MFTCs, I purchased the wheels used by @CWP for his excellent builds in this thread. Not sure whether they're still available from the site I bought them from as it is down for maintenance, but they're still on eBay...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-RockNRoller-Rock-N-Roller-R10WHL-RT-O-R-Trac-Wheel-for-R10-and-R12-Carts/223309210174?hash=item33fe44223e:g:z28AAOSwk6dbi55m:rk:1:pf:0

After a bit of research I chose a replacement wheel for a really nice cart that seems to be made for mostly hauling band equipment like amplifiers and stuff- called the rock-n-roller r8. (I plan on replacing my wagon that stays on the truck with one of these) The best price for the wheels was from fullcompass.com
  Got them quick and the shipping was only $4.99 total for 6 wheels. Each wheel $15.99

For my UK brethren who might be interested, I found these wheels online at ALG Sound and Light Store for £9.54 + VAT for a pair, £5.00 + VAT delivery.

http://www.soundandlightstore.co.uk/r-trac-caster-wheels-8-by-2-5-pair-of-wheels-for-r12--p5970

£17.45 including VAT and delivery for two high quality 8" wheels.
Kapex 120 + UG Set, ETS 150/3, DF 500, RO 90, MFT/3, CTL 36 AC, RO 150, 0F 900, OF 2200, T15+3,  CDD 12, TS 55, A5 Router table, First Aid kit, LR 32 SYS, FS 800, FS 1400/2, FS 1400/2 LR32 FS2 3000, CTL Midi + Cleaning Set, Clamps, Parallel Guides, Centrotec drills, Zobo Forstner set and countersinks, Routers, Systainers, Sortainers, Sys Cart, Syslite

Offline Dick Mahany

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #486 on: March 14, 2019, 03:48 PM »
In maintaining the tradition of keeping oldie but goodie threads alive, here we are 6 years later and another satisfied new customer of Timothy Wilmot's MFTC plans.  Thank you Tim !

I can see why so many have credited his excellent documentation, it was spot on.  I did run into one difficulty where the dominos on the two shelf supports for the removable shelf interfered with one another when in the folded configuration.  This is supported in the Sketchup model, so I simply lowered the shelf position 15mm and all was well.

I used 18mm MDF for the top since I had some on hand and I used Incra T-tracks which required some work arounds on the top frame to keep the overall height at 900 mm to be the same as my MFT3.

The side cut outs turned out to be just right to allow me to place the DIY sys-power box on the lower shelf.  I plug this box into the CT36 and have plenty of outlets available for the tools so that I just have to switch the CT hose between tools.

I had thought about purchasing the new Festool mobile work station, however the utility of having four systainer drawers along with an easily accessible parts drawer plus being able to fold the top rather than having to lift it above the handle to stow for around $250 was an easy decision for me.  It was a fun and rewarding project, now I just need to use it  [big grin]









Since I was using a  leftover piece of MDF for the top I couldn't set up for the LR32 method that Tim described.  Instead I used an auxiliary MFT type top as a template and copied the holes using two long Parf dogs upside down for registration and a Lee Valley 20mm drill and guide bushing.  The dust collection attachment is a Bosch HDC200 and fits the Festool hose exactly. 

The hole array isn't perfect but came out pretty well.

« Last Edit: March 25, 2019, 06:51 PM by Dick Mahany »

Offline Lemondixon

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #487 on: April 27, 2019, 01:59 PM »


For my UK brethren who might be interested, I found these wheels online at ALG Sound and Light Store for £9.54 + VAT for a pair, £5.00 + VAT delivery.

http://www.soundandlightstore.co.uk/r-trac-caster-wheels-8-by-2-5-pair-of-wheels-for-r12--p5970

£17.45 including VAT and delivery for two high quality 8" wheels.
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What and absolute gem of a find - thank you for that. There's lots of interesting hardware on that site that would be useful for all sorts of projects, not just this. Just goes to show you need to think laterally sometimes to get what your'e after.

Cheers,

Steve

Offline Bob D.

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #488 on: April 28, 2019, 08:16 AM »
Dick Mahany, I like your version of the MFTC. Can you give some information on your DIY sys-power box or had you previously posted that information here and I just missed it?
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Offline Dick Mahany

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #489 on: April 28, 2019, 09:14 AM »
@Bob D. Here's the thread on the power box.  I've since added a Sys Mft lid to it.  It is a Sys 3 and also holds an additional 15' 12 gauge cord extension cord and triple tap GFI.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #490 on: April 28, 2019, 02:34 PM »
Thank you for the link Dick.
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Offline Hawkeye0001

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #491 on: August 29, 2019, 05:14 PM »
I built an MFTC for my own use a couple months ago and I absolutely *love* it! Such a terrific design from top to bottom, I cannot fathom why anyone would spend three times the money for a less sturdy Festool MW 1000  [blink] It completely changed my workflow and brought a lot more order into the shop.

When our Little One's play kitchen became kind of old and boring to play with in recent months I decided that the dude needs a new and more age appropriate toy that'll last him a while, so I came up with a "Mini-Me" version of Timothy's MFTC (I present: the "MMMFTC"! ...I guess?!  [big grin]).

My first idea was to simply scale the model to some 75% in SketchUp - long story short: it's not that easy...

The goal was to fit several Sys Mini I & III on 250mm push-to-open drawer slides which eventually led me to do a complete redesign of the entire MFTC from scratch. Really makes you appreciate the groundbreaking work that went into it's original design. The only parts that I kept in their original size were the pivot points as well as the table top (bar its required adjustment for length and width, that is) as these are the crucial parts of the entire fold mechanism - and it made for simpler work and more stability.



The workbench height is approx 75cm now, weight has been reduced to some 20kg and instead of the optional space for the CTL Midi one can fit a CTL Sys on wheels underneath the tool shelve. The worktop was made using Mirock's ingenious table saw + router jig method which works accurate to a tenths of a millimeter as long as you can ensure enough precision in the first step (cutting the small dados).



Systainers will hold hand tools, later on a DTS 400 (Sys Mini 3 ea.) and a CXS (Sys Mini 1)
« Last Edit: August 29, 2019, 05:20 PM by Hawkeye0001 »

Offline Bob D.

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #492 on: August 30, 2019, 08:42 AM »
Nice job building the MMMFTC.

"Mirock's ingenious table saw + router jig method" I am not familiar with.

Did he explain that in a post some time back I must have missed it.
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Offline Hawkeye0001

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #493 on: August 31, 2019, 06:21 AM »
Thanks!

It's in one of his older videos,

The main considerations for accurate results are
1. to be as precise as you can be on the spacing of those dados you cut in the first step and
2. use the router jig in the same orientation throughout the process

It makes producing tops a breeze and produces surprisingly accurate results. I've done all my tops this way and apart from a bit of trial and error on the first two attempts it's a swift and cheap method. Works with rail and TS-55, too.

Offline Coastal jen

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #494 on: September 02, 2019, 12:16 AM »
Hello mftc peeps. Does anyone have direct access to Tim ? I have purchased his plans some time ago and have not heard from him.  I have emailed him, tried calling Belgium and still no luck. Would anyone be able to sell, loan, help before I try and build one with no plans 😳 which may lead to insanity.  I would appreciate any feedback
Thank you.

Offline JMe

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #495 on: September 02, 2019, 08:16 AM »
Jen,
solution is on the way.
(have a look at your Private mail box)
Jacques

Online Rob Z

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Re: MFTC portable workshop
« Reply #496 on: September 02, 2019, 04:14 PM »
Hawkeye, thanks for posting that video from Mirock.  I'm always impressed with his ingenuity.


Thanks!

It's in one of his older videos,

The main considerations for accurate results are
1. to be as precise as you can be on the spacing of those dados you cut in the first step and
2. use the router jig in the same orientation throughout the process

It makes producing tops a breeze and produces surprisingly accurate results. I've done all my tops this way and apart from a bit of trial and error on the first two attempts it's a swift and cheap method. Works with rail and TS-55, too.