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Offline GilbertV

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DIY MFT, Need help on finishing
« on: November 24, 2022, 12:35 AM »
I've built a version of the Festool MFT that has been seen on the internet.  It's more or less a copy of similar designs with my take on what I need.
I've been looking for the rails on the MFT table as well as the parts required to make cross-cut cuts.  Can someone provide the part #'s and a source for their purchase. I've looked at the Festool website but have been unable to find what i need. 
I will add an mdf sheet with the required holes using the well know jig, making it level with the table saw for use as an outfield table.

Thanks
« Last Edit: December 01, 2022, 01:33 PM by GilbertV »

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Offline Peter Parfitt

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Re: DIY MFT, Need help on finishing
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2022, 03:54 AM »
Hi @GilbertV

Have you considered a tracksaw cutting station mounted on a pair of folding trestles? My tracksaw cutting station is now at the centre of my workshop.

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and here is a video about making one...



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Offline jobsworth

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Re: DIY MFT, Need help on finishing
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2022, 10:45 AM »
check out TSO Products GRS.

May be just what you need for cross cutting and ripping

Offline Imemiter

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Re: DIY MFT, Need help on finishing
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2022, 01:33 PM »
I'd probably use some 1x2 6063 extruded aluminum for an outer rim. That, or 1x3. It would depend on whether I wanted the top C-channel flush with the table's surface or below a bit. I'd probably choose to drop it so I wasn't sanding or sawing into it on the regular.   
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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: DIY MFT, Need help on finishing
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2022, 02:36 PM »
@GilbertV sorry I can’t answer your question, (except to checkout https://dashboardpws.com/) I’m just interested in knowing what those big beautifully mitered pieces on the table are for.

And which lathe that is in the background?

Offline GilbertV

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Re: DIY MFT, Need help on finishing
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2022, 07:30 PM »
Thanks for the responses.  I did find the dashboard site after I posted.  Although I have a Kapex, I need the ability to cut wider pieces which is why I built the table.  Planning on using either the 32" or the 55" guide fences along with the 075 track saw.
The mitered 6 x 6 are for corner braces for the timber frame porch cover on my shop.  I'm matching the 27' x 17 pavilion near it.
That's a Stubby lathe I won at the S.W.A.T  woodturning symposium a few years back.
Here's what I'm matching for the shop porch.
« Last Edit: December 01, 2022, 01:29 PM by GilbertV »

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: DIY MFT, Need help on finishing
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2022, 08:16 PM »
Stubby lathe, you lucky dawg!

So how do you get those beautiful miters on that 6x6 stock?

Offline GilbertV

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Re: DIY MFT, Need help on finishing
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2022, 08:42 PM »
I used 6" x 6" x 12' stock cut to rough size using a Milwaukee 10-1/4" portable saw then final trim using the Kapex.  Scribed the 45° angle then sanded to final size using a 150 Rotex.
Currently working on planing the 4" x 8" x 10' rafters on my 20" Powermatic planer. Using a Bosch electric planer on the 8" x 8" post and on 8" x 10" beams.  All made of Coastal Doug Fir.  Will use Australian Cutek oil for finish.
« Last Edit: December 01, 2022, 01:28 PM by GilbertV »

Offline GilbertV

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Re: DIY MFT, Need help on finishing
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2022, 09:28 PM »
Finally got the 9 - 4"×8"×10' rafters planed.  I definitely went past my 5 hr work allotment.  Sitting here in front of the fireplace recuperating with some Weller bourbon and a My Father CT edition cigar.  Really a move towards making the world right!
« Last Edit: December 02, 2022, 04:31 AM by GilbertV »

Offline mikev12345

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Re: DIY MFT, Need help on finishing
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2022, 10:38 AM »
Hey Gilbert,

Take a look at the benchdogs UK quad hinge system and their fence system.  I went with it because it doesn't rely on having any sort of track around your MFT.   You just drill a couple of 20mm holes and attach the hinge which is easily adjustable.


https://benchdogs.co.uk/collections/hinge-system/products/quad-mft-hinge-system


Offline GilbertV

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Re: DIY MFT, Need help on finishing
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2022, 08:43 PM »
Hey mikev12345, just looked at their website and thinking about ordering either those or the dashboards gear.  Thanks for the input.