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Offline Dave Reinhold

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Kapex with homemade extensions
« on: June 27, 2011, 10:58 AM »
Here's my new video for the week showing the kapex on the kapex mft/3 stand with my homemade extensions. I stole something from one of kregs videos so look for that.  If you have any questions on the extensions let me know and I can post some still shots if needed.
Thanks for checking it out.




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Offline GaryLaroff

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2011, 11:15 AM »
Well done, Dave.

I don't know what you borrowed from Kreg unless it was throwing out the plastic parts.  It might have been nice to see you actually cut a piece or two of crown and fit them together, but then you would have gotten saw dust on your Kapex.  With your setup I assume you lock the slide and just use the chop saw function for crown molding.

Those ratcheting clamps look great.  My Festool dealer steered me away from them, but I might just drive over there this morning and get a pair as I have an MFT-3 a lot of sanding to do.

Gary

Offline Dave Reinhold

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2011, 01:07 PM »
Yeah it was the throwing of the plastic pieces. The quick clamps are awesome I use them alot.  Most of the crown I cut I do lock the saw from sliding. Alot of the time I have the saw pulled off a little to cut the tip of the crown.
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Offline RDMuller

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2011, 04:18 PM »
Nice wings.  Bang for the buck is great on these!

Offline tjbier

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2011, 06:53 PM »
Looks great Dave! Like the homemade crown block, and I bet Festool is mad they didn't think of those wing, they're awesome!
Thanks for sharing!
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Offline Tool_Fool

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2011, 08:26 PM »
And never operate your power tools without these . . . safety sandals.   ;D
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Offline Dave Reinhold

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2011, 10:18 PM »
Yes those are indeed osha approved sandals [wink]...  The funny thing is the extensions I made were only to hold me over until the UG stand made it to the US, but I really like my own wings better.  I have the UG stand now and I will be doing my review on it soon then there will be a new stand and extension video with parts from everything.  Those extensions in the video, I have been using everyday for over a year and I only had to tighten some bolts. They held up really well and so easy to set up on the stand and I love the fact that I don't have to adjust any legs. 
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Offline builderbob

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2011, 11:03 PM »
Dave, would you mind showing a shot on how you attached the leg to the wing?  That'll be helpful!  Thanks in advance!

Bob
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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2011, 06:37 AM »
Dave great idea and very creative!  And throwing out the stops!  Lol. When you attach the apex to the if stand make sure you put it on correctly the first time! 
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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2011, 07:48 AM »
Awesome video Dave.  Nice to finally see that thing after hearing you describe it so many times.  You did a great job with it.  The ratcheting clamps with the block of wood as a crown stop is brilliant.  Sedgeley had shown me that once before.  "Let's go to town cutting crown!" - oh boyyyyyyyyyy, lol.
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Offline Dave Reinhold

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2011, 12:16 PM »
Bob,
I will take some pics of the extensions tonight.
Dave
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Offline Dave Reinhold

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2011, 08:37 PM »
Here are some pics.  Don't mind the bird poop on the table  [big grin]

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Offline Dave Reinhold

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2011, 08:42 PM »
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Offline ApgarConstruction

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2011, 09:51 PM »
nice video.   I might do something like that but I also like the ultimate mitersaw stand by Ron Paulk.   It's more bulky but I really like the idea of tool storage and the wider material support.    I noticed that multiblades.com has those brackets that allow you to mount to the kapex with a homemade support without having to buy the 180 dollar crown stop/extensions from festool.   

I have even read on here of guys using the regular MFT table for the kapex as it's higher up and makes for nicer cutting height.  I'd have to try that out,  it's a good chunk more to buy that bigger one than the kapex MFT.


Offline tms0425

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2011, 01:31 PM »
Dave,

Very nice, simple, lightweight, low cost solution (since I already have the extensions for mine). I see the 2 bolts and wing nuts used as connections.  How did you modify the 2 holes in the casting?  Did you tap them from below or countersink the top side since they are through holes on the extensions?

Tom

Offline Martin Johnson

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2011, 03:15 PM »
Looks like he used the existing two holes on the extensions...you can see them in this picture from the Festoolusa website.

Offline Martin Johnson

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2011, 03:18 PM »
Seems like the length of the support arm would be critical to getting it even with the table...how did you calculate or is there something in the design that allowed you to adjust it inward or outward to get the extension level with the table over its entire length?

Offline Alan m

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2011, 04:16 PM »
i would think the easiest way to work it out  would be to roughly guese where it will be and make the arm to that lemgth. them clamp the 2 extensions on either side to a 2x  and them screw the supports on once it is leveled up. a screw in the cut out for the cross bar would act as a fine adjustor
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Offline Dave Reinhold

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2011, 07:28 PM »
Its been over a year since I made them so I'll try my best to remember.  The holes were in the crown stops already I might have had to drill out.  Then I just reamed out the top with a larger drill bit to counter sink the head of the screw.  I remember the crown stops being really easy to drill, I just used a standard bit.  Then I used a piece of 1" wide by 1/4" thick steel to mount to the crown stops and I had to stack a piece of 1/8" steel on the 1/4" to get the 3/4" stock to flush up to the crown stop.  Once I got the crown stop and the 3/4" birch all bolted together I mounted it to the saw and clamped a 6' level to the saw and to the extension to hold it all flat.  For the support leg I eyed up a length that seemed good and used a hole saw and finished the cut with a jigsaw to make the mounting point for the mft. Next I rounded the top of the support and bolted 2 blocks to either side.  I then slipped the one end on the mft and lifted it up till it hit the bottom of the 3/4" board and screwed them together.  They were never perfect but real close, just slightly lower then the saw bed.  And the beauty of the extensions is they do not need to be adjusted to the terrain just slip them on and tighten the crown stops and go.  I hope you can understand this as I never good at writing. Let me know if I need to clarify anything.  If I can build them I'm sure you guys can, its not as hard as many of the projects you guys post.

Dave
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Offline Martin Johnson

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #19 on: June 29, 2011, 08:16 PM »
makes sense to me....thanks for the clarification.

Offline Cort

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #20 on: July 01, 2011, 05:22 AM »
Good video with some good ideas.  I have the standard Festool L/R extensions for my Kapex.  They work ok, but I've never been very impressed with their design.

Offline MadViking

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2011, 09:59 PM »
"You can just go to town, cutting crown"  [thumbs up]

Nice stands. I like the fact that they attach directly to the MFT table without having any extra legs, great for setting it up outdoors on uneven ground. This is one part that can take some time with the UG stand.
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Offline justinmcf

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2011, 12:30 AM »
now that was a cool video dave!

thanks for sharing.

justin.


Offline FulThrotl

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Re: Kapex with homemade extensions
« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2011, 01:48 PM »
And never operate your power tools without these . . . safety sandals.   ;D

i've used flip flops for many things, the one tool i've found they don't like is
using a plasma cutter...... it's a sub optimum experience.
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knows me by my first name....
...i'm suspecting i'm his 401K.....