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Offline mattbyington

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Bought a third MFT/3
« on: March 16, 2019, 01:18 AM »
I was really tired of the limited rip capacity on the MFT.

So I wanted to turn it 90 degrees to increase that.

The LS positioner can’t really be used in the gap between the tables. Oh well.

But - more space !

Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2019, 07:45 AM »
Superb!  [thumbs up]

Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2019, 09:52 AM »
I use that MW1000 extension on my MFT/3 and it leaves room for stuff you want to clamp on the MFT-side where it goes. Moving it around is easy. IMO this is an excellent and fairly cheap solution for anybody who needs more real estate on/around the MFT.
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Offline mattbyington

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2019, 10:19 AM »
Anyone have any tips for the LS positioner not sliding down/off the table when positioned right over the gap?

I wonder if I can remove the extrusions where the tables meet so it’s a solid surface?

Maybe I’ll plane some MDF down to stick in there.

Matt

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2019, 11:09 AM »
I knew you'd get a third one hehehehehe . Im thinking about getting another Kapex MFT to go along with my 3 MFT3s and Kapex MFT..

Offline Bvps

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2019, 11:56 AM »
Hallo Matt
My solution

or any other L-shaped solution

Hope this helps

Bernd

Offline elfick

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2019, 12:00 PM »
Anyone have any tips for the LS positioner not sliding down/off the table when positioned right over the gap?

I wonder if I can remove the extrusions where the tables meet so it’s a solid surface?

Maybe I’ll plane some MDF down to stick in there.

Matt
Have you considered making a fixture to mount the positioner to the aluminum profile off to the side of the table instead of the top? I think I've seen one on here before. That would let you pretty much use the whole table and avoid the gap all together.

Offline Gregor

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2019, 01:20 PM »
I wonder if I can remove the extrusions where the tables meet so it’s a solid surface?
You don't want to do that, they hold the MFT together.

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Maybe I’ll plane some MDF down to stick in there.
This.

You could also use a wider strip (over a certain distance add some supports along below so it won't bow), just add a triangle strip (that fits into the v-grove) and a small lever (to clamp it to the MFTs, similar to how the protractor bases work) on both ends.

Offline box185

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2019, 02:45 PM »
I wonder if I can remove the extrusions where the tables meet so it’s a solid surface?
You don't want to do that, they hold the MFT together.


You could replace it with a flat bar, but probably not allowed to discuss it here as it involves a modification to the Festool product.

The new extension tables are an inexpensive solution to expanding the MFT.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2019, 02:49 PM »

You could replace it with a flat bar, but probably not allowed to discuss it here as it involves a modification to the Festool product.

The new extension tables are an inexpensive solution to expanding the MFT.

Pretty sure the restriction only applies to power tools.

Offline box185

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2019, 03:51 PM »

You could replace it with a flat bar, but probably not allowed to discuss it here as it involves a modification to the Festool product.

The new extension tables are an inexpensive solution to expanding the MFT.

Pretty sure the restriction only applies to power tools.

Great . . . from my point of view, the advantage of using a flat bar is that the three piece top could be replaced with a larger continuous top surface. As I have posted elsewhere, you only need two MFT/3 benches to make the larger bench if you are willing to modify the corner pieces. In this case, the extrusions that are replaced with the flat bar become the connection between the two MFT/3’s - one in front and one in back.

It’s much easier to build a dedicated large format bench, but if you already have two MFT/3’s . . .

Offline mattbyington

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2019, 09:23 PM »
Everyone thank you so so much for the replies!!!

@jobsworth you know me well by now ;)

@Bvps BEAUTIFUL I love it and I can't believe I didn't think of that. Thank you!! I am going to do just that!

PS if anyone is in the market for a 25" LS positioner... I treat my stuff very, very well. I want to upgrade to the 32 ;)

http://festoolownersgroup.com/classifieds/possible-ls-positioner-25-for-sale/

Matt

Offline tallgrass

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2019, 03:56 AM »
1 thing to remember is that the rails may align the wood and the therefore the hole pattern will not. I have may of these tables and the smaller ones as well and have them on wheels so they can be moved around as needed. This is how I figured out that the wood table top is not a precision fit to the aluminum top. I use a long piece of 80/20 as an alignment tool. I register the the table tops and then secure them to the frames and then align the frames. Just a thought.

Offline mattbyington

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2019, 01:00 AM »
Thank you @tallgrass makes perfect sense!!

Matt

Offline tallgrass

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2019, 01:43 AM »
oops. I mean, I align the mdf tops to the aluminium frames, after the aluminium frames are aligned. I have also market a registration mark in one corner, that allows me to know the relative alignment of the tops and the aluminium frames. it is a time saver. So I can quickly join them together. I press the mdf top so that the upper left part of the mdf is in total contact with the upper left corner of the aluminium frame. I then mark that corner as the "index" . this works well as long as the table configuration supports the desired configuration. Otherwise manual alignment may be necessary. Horse is now beaten. :)

Offline mattbyington

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2019, 11:43 AM »
Hahaha thanks man.

Here's my plan based on your earlier comment:

Loosen the 4 screws holding each MDF top to the aluminum frame for the 3 MFTs.

Align the holes (maybe using a guide rail, or the aluminum fence etc.

Then carefully tighten the 4 screws on each MFT.

Although right now, everything is square. So maybe I just won't mess with it too much.

Matt

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2019, 12:11 PM »
Welcome to the 3 MFT/3 club. I think that's what Festool really meant when they came up with the name. . .you're supposed to buy 3 of them.

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Offline WoodworkTech

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2019, 12:48 PM »
Welcome to the 3 MFT/3 club. I think that's what Festool really meant when they came up with the name. . .you're supposed to buy 3 of them.



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