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Offline wo_mack

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3 MFT tables side by side
« on: November 27, 2019, 06:57 PM »
Wondering if anyone has any input/advice regarding best practice for setting up multiple MFT/3 tables and still getting the most out of the protractor/track capabilities. I'm not sure this setup is going to work at this point or not, don't think I have seen anyone set them up like this
« Last Edit: November 27, 2019, 07:16 PM by wo_mack »

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Offline jobsworth

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Re: 3 MFT tables side by side
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2019, 08:32 PM »
I would look for someone selling the old style Kapex extensions. They can be used as the MFT fence mounted to the MFT. The Protactor and the little black plastic clamp fits it perfectly and it can be extended out to 8 ft and has a built in tape measure that will expand out when you expend the fence..

Offline Bob D.

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Re: 3 MFT tables side by side
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2019, 08:34 PM »
I'm only 5-11 so this would not work for me. I could never reach across that wide a table comfortably or safely.
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Offline jobsworth

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Re: 3 MFT tables side by side
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2019, 08:37 PM »
heres a photo along with the old thread

 https://www.festoolownersgroup.com/festool-tools-accessories/need-a-longer-fence-for-your-mft3/msg193702/#msg193702

I use mine length wise it works good for me. If I need to cut something longer I would put the rail length wise using the PGs I also got the mft extension in case I need something wider/longer
« Last Edit: November 27, 2019, 08:45 PM by jobsworth »

Offline wo_mack

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Re: 3 MFT tables side by side
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2019, 11:13 PM »
Thanks. Yeah I’m shorter than you I just fully extend the protractor to make it a little less of a lean.

Re the extensions: That’s a great idea! Not sure where I could find those extensions though. I plan to utilize this as an assembly table as well so I appreciate the extra space. Would you mind sending a pic of your setup?

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: 3 MFT tables side by side
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2019, 08:48 AM »
I can see using four MFT/3s in a 2x2 configuration for assembly work. 
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: 3 MFT tables side by side
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2019, 08:57 AM »
Thanks. Yeah I’m shorter than you I just fully extend the protractor to make it a little less of a lean.


Then wouldn't using two MFTs end-to-end accomplish the same thing? Plenty of support left and right and if you're going to bring the protractor forward  in your configuration the available cut capacity won't be much greater (if at all) than the narrow dimension of the MFT/3.
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Offline greg mann

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Re: 3 MFT tables side by side
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2019, 10:28 AM »
You could always put the fence assembly on the front of the table and place the workpiece on the backside. Jerry Work illustrated that technique in the past. As long as you don’t let the work drift away from the fence it allows you the benefit of having it close to you. No reach issues and the left hand can keep the work tight to the fence.
Greg Mann
Oakland, Michigan

Offline wo_mack

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Re: 3 MFT tables side by side
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2019, 03:56 PM »
Thanks, that's an interesting idea coming at it from the front side. Basically I just need a larger table and I utilize the MFT for wider ply pieces I can't fit onto the kapex

Offline mattbyington

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Re: 3 MFT tables side by side
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2019, 11:06 AM »
I run my MFT/3s like that. I like it.

Matt


Offline jlcichocki

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Re: 3 MFT tables side by side
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2019, 02:55 PM »
I love the look of your setup.  Never thought about removing the legs.  Would be much greater stability.

I run my MFT/3s like that. I like it.

Matt

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Offline B33tl3

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Re: 3 MFT tables side by side
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2019, 09:15 PM »
Matt that is a slick setup did you buy the black rails and legs off the shelf or make them?

Offline Vondawg

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Re: 3 MFT tables side by side
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2019, 09:53 AM »
Rocker tables I believe...Matt’s documented the build nicely...use the search..starts with sketch up mft hole patterns or something like that


https://www.festoolownersgroup.com/workshops-and-mobile-vehicle-based-shops/sketchup-hole-grid-work-question/

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Offline simonh

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Re: 3 MFT tables side by side
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2019, 09:57 AM »
Love the cleanliness of the workspace.  Floor looks awesome for a workshop!
-Simon

Offline mattbyington

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Re: 3 MFT tables side by side
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2019, 11:55 AM »
@jlcichocki thanks!

@Vondawg you beat me to it, thanks for linking

@B33tl3 Vondawg is correct, I got them from Rockler! Just search "Adjustable Shop Stand"

@simonh thanks!

Matt