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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #270 on: December 29, 2019, 12:53 PM »
I have no idea. It was less than 0.01% of sales at that time. There are many tens of thousands of systems in use now and Axminster have provided a complete no quibble response.

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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #271 on: December 29, 2019, 12:57 PM »
Hi Ben @Dusty.Tools

How long ago did you buy the PGS? There was an issue with a few of the rulers a while back and Axminster sacked one of their subcontractors and brought the manufacture in-house.

Peter
Hi Peter,

I ordered them on Jul 29th ?

Ben

PS I’m a big fan, I was gutted that I missed a demo you did at the Axminster in August. I was visiting from Seattle but couldn’t get to the store on the right day!


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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #272 on: December 29, 2019, 01:29 PM »
Hi Ben,

Yours should be fine. I do remember the mix up of dates and I am sorry to have missed you. If you plan to come across again please let me know and I will see if we can meet up at an Axminster store nearer to London.

Cheers.

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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #273 on: December 29, 2019, 01:35 PM »
Hi Ben,

Yours should be fine. I do remember the mix up of dates and I am sorry to have missed you. If you plan to come across again please let me know and I will see if we can meet up at an Axminster store nearer to London.

Cheers.

Peter
That’d be awesome! We will probably visit my parents later in the year.

So should I worry about this wiggle? Is 1.5mm with in tolerance?


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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #274 on: December 29, 2019, 04:07 PM »
No, 1.5 mm is not within the tolerance and so it needs to be looked at. Contact me by PM and I will give you my email address so that we can go through some checks together.

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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #275 on: December 29, 2019, 04:19 PM »
No, 1.5 mm is not within the tolerance and so it needs to be looked at. Contact me by PM and I will give you my email address so that we can go through some checks together.

Peter
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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #276 on: December 30, 2019, 10:21 AM »
I have no idea. It was less than 0.01% of sales at that time. There are many tens of thousands of systems in use now and Axminster have provided a complete no quibble response.

Peter

Peter - love your videos and have learned many of your techniques plus you helped me when I had my original issues with the sticks but this is the second time I have seen 0.01% had issues (10 out of 10,000 / 100 out of 100,000?). This is impossible based on the issues I have seen on this forum.

In my opinion Axminster was good at sending replacements but not solving the issues with the sticks and poor packaging. My third set of sticks were the newer "sheared" holes but they had crud in the holes that I had to hit lightly with a file and surface burrs around the holes that required some light Dremel grinding to remove. TSO kindly reached out and offered me a new set of sticks but I felt it would be hit or miss that they would be superior to the third set I had.

Hopefully Axminster has quality and international shipping under control now and you can help Ben get his issues resolved.

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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #277 on: January 25, 2020, 02:53 PM »
Hi,
 I bought the mark 2 PARF Guide set and applicable accessories last summer but was generally disappointed. I followed the instructions and used rigorous discipline while laying out my MFT table top, but the hole placement was not accurate.  I contacted my vendor with evidence that my PARF sticks were not precise, and was promptly sent two extra PARF sticks which were equally disappointing.

 I attempted to correspond in detail about the topic but the matter does not seem to have a ready solution. I felt like I had wasted the money. While I did think I had wasted my money, I was confident that I could ask for and receive a no questions asked refund, but I would prefer to have a system that is actually useful. As of now, I have a system that I am suspicious of, and which I can confirm is not accurate enough to faithfully use as a right angle cutting jig. It has been long enough that I do not think about having wasted the money, but the next time I make a MFT table top I will wish the PARF guide system worked better.

 My suggestion is that the PARF sticks need to be fabricated from a material that is no where near as flexible as the current sticks.

 A thick bar of G10 FR4 Glass Epoxy would seem more practical.

 In the meantime, here is one of several documents I prepared and shared with my vendor with the intention that the information would be forwarded to Axminster as well as anyone who might facilitate improvement.

 http://www.harmoniccycle.com/hc/images/photos/Parf/Parf_Stick_assessment.html

 Thank you.
 

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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #278 on: February 03, 2020, 12:46 AM »
Just wanted to report back on my issues.

After receiving EXCELLENT support from Peter and Axminster I was sent two new rulers.

When compared to my original pair of rulers there was a clear issue in the holes of the original set.

I just completed a test on a scrap of MDF and when I completed a square everything lined up perfectly with no wiggle at all.

So i’m very happy :)




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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #279 on: February 03, 2020, 03:26 AM »
Just wanted to report back on my issues.

After receiving EXCELLENT support from Peter and Axminster I was sent two new rulers.

When compared to my original pair of rulers there was a clear issue in the holes of the original set.

I just completed a test on a scrap of MDF and when I completed a square everything lined up perfectly with no wiggle at all.

So i’m very happy :)




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Here’s my first finished top. Took me a little over two hours :)





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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #280 on: February 03, 2020, 08:00 AM »
After receiving EXCELLENT support from Peter and Axminster I was sent two new rulers.

When compared to my original pair of rulers there was a clear issue in the holes of the original set.

Can you share the dates when you ordered your first PGS and when you received the new rulers?

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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #281 on: February 03, 2020, 03:21 PM »
Quote from: box185 link=topic=58028
Can you share the dates when you ordered your first PGS and when you received the new rulers?
I brought the set in July and got replacements in Jan.


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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #282 on: February 05, 2020, 01:04 PM »
FWW:
Wanted to add a "happy customer' voice to the chorus.

Just took delivery on PGS Mark-2 from Axminster.  Ordered on Sunday and received on Wednesday morning in western US.

After reading posts here and noting issues from other buyers I'd like to report that my unit is dead on:

Shipped double boxed in a rectangular carton that was in great condition. 
Holes in both rulers match when aligned with one another in various orientations.
Interface tolerances on hardware is snug but not too tight.
Product documentation states that ruler edges are not considered straight edges and this appears to be true.

Having read this entire thread, it appears a great deal of scrutiny was applied to the product tolerances and the manufacturer responded by improving things and taking input.  (I do wonder if applying machine shop tolerances to woodworking is valid when stock will expand, shrink and change shape with the weather, but that's just me ....)

I won't put mine to use until March, but see no reason when used carefully that I won't get excellent results from this tool. 



Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #283 on: February 05, 2020, 08:25 PM »
...(I do wonder if applying machine shop tolerances to woodworking is valid when stock will expand, shrink and change shape with the weather, but that's just me ....)...

This is an argument that sounds like it is based on wisdom until one considers how blatantly dismissive it seems with regards to the many people who want to use an MFT system to cut relatively stable materials such as plywood sheet goods.

As an example; in my case I want to use my 4'x8' MFT table top to cut up sheets of plywood.

I have no intention of using a MFT to cross cut solid wood, where by the way stability issues are minimized and precision has often been thought to seem advantageous, and will never use a MFT system to rip solid wood, where admittedly the cycles of expansion and contraction will have measurable effect on the finished work piece.

So how does a statement dismissing an appreciation for close tolerances apply in this context? Is it an acceptance of the circumstance, and a statement of opinion that differing opinions should be dismissed as folly?

If the materials were not capable of maintaining stability, I would be satisfied with a carpenters square and forgo the expense of acquiring an exquisitely machined apparatus that simply provides "wood shop tolerances". I already had "wood shop tolerance" capability.

When I work with solid wood I am satisfied with the jigs I use on my table saw, miter saw, radial arm etc.

With my PARF Guide purchase, I bought into a system in order to leverage the "machine shop tolerances" of the industrial machines that make the PARF Guide tool. It seemed like an opportunity to access a high level of precision on my 4'x8' work bench.

The compelling fact that the idea is based upon an established theorem reassures me that a high expectation is not unreasonable. I believe if the PARF sticks were made out of an appropriately stiff and stable material the promise could be delivered.

I had hoped my MFT table top would provide a great improvement for working with large pieces of sheet goods, but my experience is that the PARF sticks are too flexible to maintain the precision that was intended to exist.

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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #284 on: February 05, 2020, 09:35 PM »
Dang I still havent opened my Parf 2 Kit yet, been sitting in here for months. Guess I should probably get those rulers out and check them to see how well the holes line up.

What would be the best method for checking them? Using the Joining Screw to fix one side of the holes together and checking how closely the holes line up at the other end?
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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #285 on: February 05, 2020, 10:41 PM »
It feasible the ruler holes could be in an arc or zig zag and still match if the error was duplicated in both rulers and you happened to line them up with same orientation.  Checking with rulers joined in multiple orientations will expose a drilling error (my set had none)

I checked by using the joining screw with the rulers in several orientations:

Left ends of rulers joined front to back then front to front
Right and left ends of rulers joined front to front and front to back

Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #286 on: February 06, 2020, 09:28 AM »
...I should probably get those rulers out and check them to see how well the holes line up.
What would be the best method for checking them? Using the Joining Screw to fix one side of the holes together and checking how closely the holes line up at the other end?

I did this when I first received my PARF Guide mkII set. I placed the shoulders of 10 6mm bolts in the PARF sticks and the holes all lined up. I flipped the sticks over, oriented them backwards and forwards and performed these "test" numerous times, because such a procedure will seemingly account for duplicated irregularities in the hole placement and reveal any misalignment.

Everything looked good, but now I understand that this is because the sticks are flexible enough to conform if you want the holes to appear as if they are lined up.

Unfortunately, when I laid out my 4' x 8' table and measured the placement of the guide holes I became aware of and made measurements of various discrepancies that increase in scale as the grid pattern expands further form the origin.

Further investigation led me to imagine a simple method of assessing the precision of the placement of the holes in my PARF sticks:

The method is described here: http://www.harmoniccycle.com/hc/images/photos/Parf/Parf_Stick_assessment.html

The assessment of my PARF sticks explained to me why the pattern in the table top that I laid out exhibits random levels of adherence to the right angle ideal.





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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #287 on: May 23, 2020, 11:57 AM »
Hi, I have just started making my mft top and found that the pin is very hard to insert. Need to use my palm and a thick cloth to push the pin down. Is so tight that I need to use a rubber mallet to hammer from the bottom and most of the time I need a plier to pull it out. The 2 pins also came out from the holder. Brought it in Dec 2018 and only start to come around using it now.

my hand and fingers really sore now after drilling a full sheet of mdf.

Does anyone experience this with their parf guide?

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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #288 on: May 23, 2020, 12:03 PM »
Hi. I've been wondering if the ruler issue had been worked out yet....Went thru 3 sets of rulers and wasted 3 sheets of material...finally gave up and chucked the parf system in the corner, and used another method....wasted money so far...but this post does have me wondering if the issues has been corrected...I bought mine early direct before they were available...service was good in sending me replacements...once manufactured, but after three tries and a lot of time spent I just moved on....anyone know if the ruler issue is good now?
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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #289 on: May 23, 2020, 12:09 PM »
I've just marked out and drilled about 200 holes. Everyone perfect.

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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #290 on: May 23, 2020, 12:12 PM »
wanna trade rulers...lol
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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #291 on: May 23, 2020, 12:42 PM »
Hi, I have just started making my mft top and found that the pin is very hard to insert. Need to use my palm and a thick cloth to push the pin down. Is so tight that I need to use a rubber mallet to hammer from the bottom and most of the time I need a plier to pull it out. The 2 pins also came out from the holder. Brought it in Dec 2018 and only start to come around using it now.

my hand and fingers really sore now after drilling a full sheet of mdf.

Does anyone experience this with their parf guide?

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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #292 on: June 02, 2020, 09:10 AM »
Hi TSO thanks for the offer but I brought it from UK.

I managed to finish the table by gluing back the pin but it still a major issue with the tightness. After drilling all the 20mm holes the parf dog need to be hammer out from below. It is super tight.

I did the 5 cuts test but vey disappointed at the result. Tried many time to just square all the side but failed. At least 1 mm off. Just could not get a perfect square. Maybe I’m doing it wrong. Now waiting for Axminister response.
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Re: Parf Guide mark 2 issues and questions
« Reply #293 on: June 02, 2020, 09:46 AM »
Hi TSO thanks for the offer but I brought it from UK.

I managed to finish the table by gluing back the pin but it still a major issue with the tightness. After drilling all the 20mm holes the parf dog need to be hammer out from below. It is super tight.

I did the 5 cuts test but vey disappointed at the result. Tried many time to just square all the side but failed. At least 1 mm off. Just could not get a perfect square. Maybe I’m doing it wrong. Now waiting for Axminister response.

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