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Offline odessaboots

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80/20 MFT Style Folding Table
« on: May 31, 2020, 03:31 PM »
Hi there,

First time posting, so let me know if this is in the wrong place.

I am working on plans for a portable 80/20 MFT style table, think folding not rolling. I have been inspired by a lot of what @Richard/RMW and @Dusty.Tools have been doing with these carts.

This being my first time working with this stuff, and for simplicity and times sake, I am going to purchase a Festool top, so that I have the same exact dimensions as the MFT/3. I have used an MFT/3 briefly before and found the size acceptable, especially for what I need. The frame will be made from 80/20, and all components will come from that kit of parts.

I need this table to be semi-portable, meaning I do not plan on taking it to job site after job site, rather, I have limited space, and between projects need to be able to fold this up and store it. It cannot be mounted to a wall, as I have no wall space to speak of - my "shop" right now is my patio.

I am an architect by trade, so I took the liberty of modeling the build exactly as I wanted, and have attached images here. I would love any feedback anyone has, or if there is something basic I am missing that makes the operation I am showing not work.

Looking forward to any insight or feedback from the folks here, thanks!

Odessaboots










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Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: 80/20 MFT Style Folding Table
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2020, 03:46 PM »
@odessaboots  [welcome] to the FOG

The only thing I can think of are the corners. The 80/20 on the short sides might need to be offset in order to slide in a clamp.

You have a pretty nice design. I would be interested in the parts number on your final drawing  [big grin] keep posting.
Mario

Offline Rick Herrick

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Re: 80/20 MFT Style Folding Table
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2020, 06:50 PM »
I assume those are cad-type images, not actual pictures of the product ?  They are of incredible quality.  Be a heckuva an advertising brochure.  Will follow your progress. 

Offline supimeister

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Re: 80/20 MFT Style Folding Table
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2020, 10:06 PM »
Love your work on this!  I wonder if it would be better long-term to have two extrusions going across underneath (instead of one).This would allow you to place a shelf on it for added storage when it is set up.  And if you do go this route, you may want to have the shelf slightly lower...

Otherwise, keep it coming!  I'd love to see your final part #s and dimensions as well :)

Offline vkumar

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Re: 80/20 MFT Style Folding Table
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2020, 11:10 PM »
Very nice design.  I would recommend that you have the middle long support flush with the extrusion, instead of sitting on it.  While you are at it if you had 2 of them like the previous poster said you could have a shelf.  Would be very interested in a parts list and cad once you are done.
Vijay Kumar

Offline odessaboots

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Re: 80/20 MFT Style Folding Table
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2020, 01:04 AM »
I assume those are cad-type images, not actual pictures of the product ?  They are of incredible quality.  Be a heckuva an advertising brochure.  Will follow your progress.

Thank you! They are renderings from the modeling software I used, and since renderings are something I do for work frequently, I can get decent images without a lot of trouble.

Very nice design.  I would recommend that you have the middle long support flush with the extrusion, instead of sitting on it.  While you are at it if you had 2 of them like the previous poster said you could have a shelf.  Would be very interested in a parts list and cad once you are done.

I like this idea a lot, and in fact, if I used a 10-series extrusion, I could actually get the shelf to sort of drop into a 1/4" recess between the two leg cross bars, preventing it from moving without me having to lock it down. I originally left the extrusion on top in case I needed to be able to sort-of apply outward pressure for stability, but I will probably do as you suggest and simply cut the bars to length once I get them.

@odessaboots  [welcome] to the FOG

The only thing I can think of are the corners. The 80/20 on the short sides might need to be offset in order to slide in a clamp.

You have a pretty nice design. I would be interested in the parts number on your final drawing  [big grin] keep posting.

The corners are tricky. I might have to mill access grooves for the top slots, but the corners are pulled back slightly in the design I posted, so that I can access the side slots on all four sides. I am planning on 3d printing a custom cap that will still give me side access, while allowing me to clean up the corners (I hate snags).

I will certainly keep everyone here updated as this takes shape (if it takes shape). I have reached out to Faztek and 80/20 for quotes, so we shall see.


Offline odessaboots

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Re: 80/20 MFT Style Folding Table
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2020, 03:49 AM »
Was reading through the infamous "Tooling (Re)Organization" thread over at Garage Journal, and was also inspired by @Dusty.Tools work regarding 80/20 partially overlapping corners and 3d printed corner fittings to allow for access to the slots while maintaining a clean, snag free corner.

Spent some time sloppily modeling a test piece. Thought the color was a nice touch! Need to find some time to print, although I should wait to see if I am even going to order and build this table.

Definitely gaining momentum though from the encouragement here and my desperate need to build something.