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Offline Makismanolis1

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Kapex table flatness tolerance
« on: October 12, 2020, 09:59 AM »
Good day, new to the Group and first time posting,
A quick question, does anyone know if the Kapex table supposed to be flat? just purchased mine and when is at right 60* i have 0.005" gap on the right. I have read some earlier posts but not a conclusion.
Thanks in advance

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Offline threesixright

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Re: Kapex table flatness tolerance
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2020, 10:04 AM »
Good day, new to the Group and first time posting,
A quick question, does anyone know if the Kapex table supposed to be flat? just purchased mine and when is at right 60* i have 0.005" gap on the right. I have read some earlier posts but not a conclusion.
Thanks in advance

Hiya, welcome to the forum.

1/10  mm? It's not metal working, you do understand that right  ;)?  Nothing will be 0.0000, if you "zoom" in enough. KAPEX, already expensive, will cost 10x to get it that flat... [blink] Whatever wood you cut, it will work more than 1/10 of a mm...

Offline Rick Herrick

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Re: Kapex table flatness tolerance
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2020, 10:11 AM »
I have a Kapex on order so I have been doing the YouTube thing to find out as much as possible.  I found one video where this guy really took it apart and measured things.  He showed his table not flat and went through some gyrations to fix it.  Not something I would do but I had wanted to post this to the group and get opinions.  The point in question is around the 4:30 mark.


Offline ChuckM

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Re: Kapex table flatness tolerance
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2020, 03:34 PM »
Been discussed before such as in this thread: https://www.festoolownersgroup.com/festool-tools-accessories/kapex-grinding-tables-flat/msg555319/#msg555319

As long as the cuts come out fine (mine do), don't over worry about the table flatness.
« Last Edit: October 12, 2020, 03:36 PM by ChuckM »

Offline Alex

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Re: Kapex table flatness tolerance
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2020, 03:36 PM »
A tolerance of 0.005'' is acceptable in woodworking and will not prevent you from making the finest pieces you can imagine.

Offline Makismanolis1

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Re: Kapex table flatness tolerance
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2020, 04:17 PM »
Thanks for the replies, that makes me happy, not easy sending the machine back.

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Kapex table flatness tolerance
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2020, 04:41 PM »
Use the 4-cut method to check that your saw cuts square.

Scroll down to see the section on the Kapex in case you need to do some adjustments:
https://www.thisiscarpentry.com/2010/07/23/miter-saw-tune-up/

Offline Makismanolis1

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Re: Kapex table flatness tolerance
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2020, 01:33 PM »
thanks

Offline pettyconstruction

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Re: Kapex table flatness tolerance
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2020, 03:22 PM »
I had used a 1200 grit stone on mine to get it a bit flatter.
But the amount you have. I wouldn’t bother.
Charlie


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Offline Makismanolis1

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Re: Kapex table flatness tolerance
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2020, 05:54 PM »
Sounds good, I will leave it as is.

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Kapex table flatness tolerance
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2020, 08:15 AM »
My experience is that the MFT tops sag over time. I flip mine when they sag. I don't do anything that depends on the tops being flat.
Birdhunter

Offline ear3

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Re: Kapex table flatness tolerance
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2020, 05:24 PM »
The one place where the lack of flatness can create issues is on cutting small pieces.  It helps to make a wooden zero clearance throat insert that is level with the plane of the saw bed to minimize any wonkiness with the vertical angle on short cuts.
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Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Kapex table flatness tolerance
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2020, 06:22 PM »
I somehow read MFT table instead of Kapex table. Sorry.
Birdhunter