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Offline nicholam77

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Re: My hybrid version of a DIY MFT Sysport
« Reply #30 on: April 09, 2021, 11:02 AM »
Small addition - I made a docking station / storage solution for my Woodpecker MFT Square:





It's kind of large and before it didn't have a home. Now it's at the ready, on the MFT, stored vertically so it doesn't take up much space.
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Offline jhuh63tango

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Re: My hybrid version of a DIY MFT Sysport
« Reply #31 on: April 17, 2021, 12:37 AM »
Small addition - I made a docking station / storage solution for my Woodpecker MFT Square:





It's kind of large and before it didn't have a home. Now it's at the ready, on the MFT, stored vertically so it doesn't take up much space.

That's pretty slick!

Offline Wood_Slice

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Re: My hybrid version of a DIY MFT Sysport
« Reply #32 on: April 17, 2021, 07:05 PM »
@nicholam77
What size length drawer slides did you use in order to open the trays completely and open the lid fully?
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Offline nicholam77

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Re: My hybrid version of a DIY MFT Sysport
« Reply #33 on: April 17, 2021, 07:44 PM »
@nicholam77
What size length drawer slides did you use in order to open the trays completely and open the lid fully?
I used 14” full extension slides. My systainers sit back from the face of the drawer a bit because there is a 1/2” ply front, but in my situation 14” slides just barely cut it. 15” would be better. But you could get away with 14” especially if your trays don’t have front pulls.
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Offline nicholam77

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Re: My hybrid version of a DIY MFT Sysport
« Reply #34 on: November 09, 2021, 11:09 PM »
Fence Improvements

First off, I added a measuring scale to the fence. I went with Fastcap's peel & stick SAE/Metric combo scale because next time I build cabinets I think I want to jump into metric.






Second, up until now I haven't had a proper stop block or flip stop for my fence, because I got a 30x60 extrusion for some reason instead of the more common 20x40 that can use the Festool, Benchdogs, or other commercial flip stops. Normally I just clamp a block of wood.

Recently I made an attempt to make one out of maple and a $15 Peachtree commercial stop that sort of fit the dimensions, but in the end was not happy with how it turned out.



Fast forward to a week ago, I got a 3D printer and watched some Fusion360 tutorials  [big grin]

Despite being a novice I modeled this stop block and flag stop:





And with a ratcheting lever from McMaster it turned out pretty well:



Probably unlike most, I set up my MFT every time I use it. My hole grid isn't perfectly orthogonal, so I don't use fence dogs or the hole positions to establish square, instead I use a Woodpecker MFT square. Below is how I calibrate the fence scale:

1/ Place known reference piece (in this case 250mm) against the fence



2/ Plunge saw all the way into the kerf and butt the known reference piece against it — this establishes exactly where the saw will cut, as I can't trust the kerf line in the table and there are variances in how the rail gets attached



3/ Set flip stop to the same measurement as the known reference piece (in this case 250mm)



4/ Loosen socket cap screws on back of fence brakes and slide fence towards saw until the flip stop just kisses the known reference piece





Now it is all set up. Let's do a test cut! I set the flip stop to 270 mm this time.

The results:





Pretty much spot on.

Maybe this is obvious to everyone but I am always trying to chase accuracy and setup efficiencies, so hopefully it can help someone. I park both cars in my small two-car garage and used to think it was a pain to have to set up each time, but with the processes I use I think it's actually a benefit. I can be sure everything is dead on each time I use the workbench.

An overall shot:



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Offline jroth33139

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Re: My hybrid version of a DIY MFT Sysport
« Reply #35 on: December 07, 2021, 06:35 AM »
Really nice thread with lots of great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

By the way, I would encourage you to go metric. I did it a few years ago and I find it so much easier. The best way to transition is to go cold turkey — get rid of all your dual metric/English tapes and rules in favor of ones that are all metric. That way you aren’t doing conversions in your head and you start getting an intuitive sense of how long 100 mm is, for example, rather than thinking in terms of inches. FastCap has a nice all metric rule that I like.
« Last Edit: December 07, 2021, 06:44 AM by jroth33139 »

Offline nicholam77

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Re: My hybrid version of a DIY MFT Sysport
« Reply #36 on: December 07, 2021, 12:02 PM »
@jroth33139 Thanks for checking it out!

I believe you that it's easier to go cold turkey. Maybe I'll consider that after I've done a project or two in metric. One bummer is I have a few imperial woodpecker measuring devices that I use all the time, that I'd have to give up or replace. As well as imperial-sized cutters (router bits, etc).
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