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Offline jonny round boy

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Making an MFT-Style Top for Workbench
« on: April 06, 2008, 05:12 PM »
I bought this bench for my new workshop:

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I wanted to replace the chipboard top it came with, with an MDF top drilled to match the MFTs. I had hoped to get a previous employer to make the top for me on his CNC router, but unfortunately this wasn't possible. I decided that getting a 20mm drill bit and marking out & drilling them all by hand was too much work, so I hit upon an idea to make it quicker and easier....

First job was to cut a piece of 18mm MDF to size:

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Once cut, this was placed on the bench to check it against the original chipboard top:

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I already had half of a top from an MFT1080 left from a previous project, so I decided to use this as a template. For this I would need a template-following router bit, and this one from CMT seemed the best option:

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Because the bit is quite short, and would have to reach through 36mm of MDF, I had to fit it into the router with a much larger projection than I would have normally done, but there was still 3/4" of shank in the chuck so I was happy with that:

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Having measured up the top, I decided to start in the centre & work outwards. I marked my starting point, and clamped the MFT template in place:

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To avoid cutting into the template, I needed to start the cut with the router plunged until the bearing was inside the template. Then, once running, it was a case of running the bearing around the edge of the hole, plunging as I went in a helical path.

On cutting the 3rd hole, I realised that, despite the clamps, the template had moved slightly resulting in an elongated hole! So from then on, I screwed the template down. After a while, it became quite quick to cut the holes:



Once the first lot of holes were done, I moved the template down, lining up 2 rows of holes in the template with 2 rows cut in the new top. I didn't have any 20mm pegs available to lock them together, so had to align them by feel alone. I then clamped (and screwed!) them together, before cutting more holes:

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I then moved the template to the other side, and did the remaining holes. Here's me cutting the last one, and removing the template:



All that was left to do was ease the edges of the MDF, and that was it! And lastly, a picture of the finished bench, with a little extra just for Fred West:

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Offline Don T

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Re: Making an MFT-Style Top for Workbench
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2008, 05:28 PM »
That turned out really nice.  Where did you get the workbench?
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Offline Qwas

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Re: Making an MFT-Style Top for Workbench
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2008, 05:30 PM »
Looks great! Good job and well thought out. What's that make your table, an MFT 2400?

Offline jonny round boy

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Re: Making an MFT-Style Top for Workbench
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2008, 05:44 PM »
That turned out really nice.  Where did you get the workbench?

I found it on eBay, from a company that does industrial shelving & benches. They have a website, but they're UK based. I think I paid about 80GBP for it, which isn't bad for a bench that's rated to 300kg.

Obviously it doesn't have any channels around the edge to put clamps in, but hey, you can't have everything!

Looks great! Good job and well thought out. What's that make your table, an MFT 2400?

I dunno, really! It's 1800 by 600 (6' x 2'), but the best thing is, it's 900mm high - making it exactly the same height as the new MFT3. Another reason why I'll have to buy one :-\ ;D
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Offline Scott W.

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Re: Making an MFT-Style Top for Workbench
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2008, 06:05 PM »
Well done JRB. that will come in handy, great idea.

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Re: Making an MFT-Style Top for Workbench
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2008, 08:54 PM »
JRB, except for that last HORRIBLE picture that was really great. :D ;D Just had to rub it in now didn't you????  :o ::) Well my friend, one of these days what goes around comes around to you as well. ;D ;) Fred
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Re: Making an MFT-Style Top for Workbench
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2008, 11:12 PM »
Hi,

      Looks like you have hit on a really good method to make the holes.  And with DC to boot.   I bet the dust collection was pretty good with the enclosed area being routed.   About how long did it take once you got it going right?


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Offline mhch

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Re: Making an MFT-Style Top for Workbench
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2008, 02:04 AM »


 bright idea.

 Those L-shaped pieces of metal, with holes, are quite easy to find
 so that a way for European with no access to the 8020 to make
 MFTÅ›.

 But here an interesting link for us European:
 I recently found the Bosch Rexroth extrusions, available all over Europe
http://www.boschrexroth.com/business_units/brl/en/produkte/mge/index.jsp
I easily found a distributor in France

 Other languages: follow Bosch Rexroth, linear motion and assembly technologies, basic mechanical elements

Offline jonny round boy

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Re: Making an MFT-Style Top for Workbench
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2008, 03:28 AM »
Hi,

      Looks like you have hit on a really good method to make the holes.  And with DC to boot.   I bet the dust collection was pretty good with the enclosed area being routed.   About how long did it take once you got it going right?


Seth

From start to finish, it was about 3 hours including a couple of breaks. Believe me, even with this method, drilling 108 holes was mind-numbingly boring (no pun intended!) so the breaks were necessary. Looking at the videos again I think I got up to around 4 holes per minute.

I did find however as I got further along, that the holes were not cutting cleanly, and required a second pass. This was because the bearing was overheating & the MDF dust was sticking to the outer edge, so I had to clean it off every few holes, and allow it to cool down a little.

The dust collection was pretty good, yes.
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TS55R EBQ saw - CTL26 - CTL Mini - OF1400EBQ router - KS120 Kapex SCMS - ETS150/3 sander - RO90 sander - DF500 Domino - PDC18/4 drill - PSC420 jigsaw - OFK500 trimmer

Wish list (in no particular order!): Anything not listed above....

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Making an MFT-Style Top for Workbench
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2008, 09:24 AM »


 bright idea.

 Those L-shaped pieces of metal, with holes, are quite easy to find
 so that a way for European with no access to the 8020 to make
 MFT?.

 But here an interesting link for us European:
 I recently found the Bosch Rexroth extrusions, available all over Europe
http://www.boschrexroth.com/business_units/brl/en/produkte/mge/index.jsp
I easily found a distributor in France

 Other languages: follow Bosch Rexroth, linear motion and assembly technologies, basic mechanical elements

The "Bosch Basic Mechanical Elements" system is the best. I used to use them but they became too expensive in the States.

Offline Dovetail65

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Re: Making an MFT-Style Top for Workbench
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2008, 02:02 PM »
What do you think about nominating this project?

Nice video and something everyone can benefit from. It's not a piece of furniture, but it is something for Festoolians by a Festoolian using Festools to make!

A very useful utilitarian piece and the procedure is explained very nicely.

Nickao
« Last Edit: May 06, 2008, 02:05 PM by nickao »
The one who says it can't be done should avoid interrupting the person doing it.