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Offline Rob-GB

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Vice Addition To MFT3 Top Replacement
« on: May 07, 2017, 12:09 PM »
So, I needed to replace the top to my MFT3 due to water damage and decided after seeing the cost of the Festool replacement top to invest in the Parf Guide by Peter Parfitt of this parish as in the long term I would save money on top replacements and have a useful bit of kit into the bargain.
Buying a whole sheet of MRMDF  (moisture resistant MDF) left me with some spare and I had found a Record 53E vice while clearing the barn for my new temporary workshop (another story) so I made a vice table to clamp onto the MFT3 (with clients consent, not in the habit of co-opting kit without asking).
This is what I have got so far:-





Added a sliding support board to clamp long parts to or drill Parf dog support holes into as required.





The Mdf was coated with boiled linseed oil before drilling, a stop was screwed onto the edge to the right of the vice to aid setup if dismantled to keep the back pressure face of the vice in line with sliding support. I made a clamping element from a handrail bolt and kitchen unit hanging bracket that catches in the slot under the MFT3 frame. Once located it is rock solid and makes the main table so much more stable. I did not drill the vice tabletop as I thought it might make a good place to put small bits that tend to drop through the holes.
The MDF front jaw face is temporary as I want a much thicker piece for this to enable use of a dog, but do not have anything to hand at the moment.
Ta for looking in.
Rob.








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Offline Corwin

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Re: Vice Addition To MFT3 Top Replacement
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2017, 04:22 PM »
Your sliding deadman looks like a great use of the "V" portion of the MFT/3's side profiles. Great job!  [thumbs up]

Is that a home made cross brace for you MFT/3?

Offline Rob-GB

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Re: Vice Addition To MFT3 Top Replacement
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2017, 06:27 PM »
Is that a home made cross brace for you MFT/3?

Yes Corwin, I made a quick pair of them a while back from off cuts to steady up the MFT while planing. They are in constant use now.
Rob.