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Offline GoingMyWay

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Re: MFT/3 securing the fence without using the protractor head
« Reply #30 on: August 19, 2018, 05:17 AM »
I need the back fence for cutting narrow stock.
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Offline DynaGlide

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Re: MFT/3 securing the fence without using the protractor head
« Reply #31 on: August 19, 2018, 07:53 AM »
I’ve read this thread a couple of times and, except for gaining a few inches of cutting depth, why would one want to use a back fence?

A few lined up dogs provide a reference for the wood and the rail is easily aligned 90 degrees to the holes. My protractor and my fence have never been used. If I was cutting something other than 90 or 45, I’d use the protractor..... maybe.

For me it's about consistency and ease of use... Dogs don't allow me to use multiple stops at pre calibrated inch and metric scales, I even have one in the off cut side
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Offline Birdhunter

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Re: MFT/3 securing the fence without using the protractor head
« Reply #32 on: August 19, 2018, 08:41 AM »
Neat idea. I just use a stop on the offset side much like I do on my table saw. I guess everyone develops techniques that work for their needs. This is a great from to learn other's tricks. Also, I seldom measure. I usually use trial pieces.
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Offline Gregor

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Re: MFT/3 securing the fence without using the protractor head
« Reply #33 on: August 19, 2018, 09:23 PM »
I’ve read this thread a couple of times and, except for gaining a few inches of cutting depth, why would one want to use a back fence?
Stops stuff from falling down the back of the table.
Also it's easier to slide stuff into position, compared to dogs (YMMV on this).

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: MFT/3 securing the fence without using the protractor head
« Reply #34 on: August 20, 2018, 07:00 AM »
@DynaGlide That's a heck of a setup you have there  [drooling]

It would cost me 3k taxes includes  [tongue]
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Offline DynaGlide

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Re: MFT/3 securing the fence without using the protractor head
« Reply #35 on: August 20, 2018, 07:57 AM »
@Mario Turcot Craigslist  [cool] I paid half or less for two of them
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Offline friendly118

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Re: MFT/3 securing the fence without using the protractor head
« Reply #36 on: August 22, 2018, 07:45 PM »
@DynaGlide @sprior

Here is the solution I came to. I routed a 3/4” wide 5mm grove to hold a 26” strip of ply. This allowed me to move the fence back another 1 1/2” behind the last row of dog holes.

Offline John Huh

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Re: MFT/3 securing the fence without using the protractor head
« Reply #37 on: April 11, 2021, 12:52 PM »
I haven't been able to find an answer about using the MFT/3 without the protractor head.  My local tool shop has let me borrow an additional fence rail clamp as I saw this from Paul Marcel.  But he has a 1080 table no the MFT/3.  There is a bit of slop in the profile when the clamp is in place.  It doesn't matter how tight I set the clamps it still moves.  I am trying to accomplish this because my MFT is a more permanent fixture and space is at a premium in my work area.  Removing the protractor head gives me better than 7" of space.  In the images you can see the difference in fence position.

I tried this solution and the slope is certainly there. Here’s my 5-cent attempt:


Offline dawatson833

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Re: MFT/3 securing the fence without using the protractor head
« Reply #38 on: April 11, 2021, 08:22 PM »
This is an older post, but I'm also changing my mft to use it without the protractor.
User DynaGlide shows pictures of how the top knob should be positioned.
I don't see the difference between the two pictures.  What do the different positions accomplish?

Offline John Huh

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Re: MFT/3 securing the fence without using the protractor head
« Reply #39 on: April 12, 2021, 12:19 PM »
This is an older post, but I'm also changing my mft to use it without the protractor.
User DynaGlide shows pictures of how the top knob should be positioned.
I don't see the difference between the two pictures.  What do the different positions accomplish?

As far as I can see, the only difference is a shift of few mms to the back of the table.

Offline Wood_Slice

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Re: MFT/3 securing the fence without using the protractor head
« Reply #40 on: May 17, 2021, 04:13 PM »
I believe those hold downs are supposed to go INTO a groove not on top. I could be wrong since I never use the protractor
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Offline pixelated

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Re: MFT/3 securing the fence without using the protractor head
« Reply #41 on: May 17, 2021, 06:37 PM »
Sedge talks about how to set it in this quick tip video;