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Offline JohnnyEgo

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Rail Quiver and Feet
« on: December 18, 2020, 11:41 PM »

I've been here 13 years and I think my average post rate over that time has been .002%, so I am much more of a lurker than an active participant.  But I do occasionally do something I feel is both Festool related and reasonably additive to the discourse, and this is that post for 2020.

I knocked together a quick rail holder about a decade ago, when I doubled my rail collection to two rails.  Nothing fancy, but it mounted to the wall easily on a french cleat, and was equally easy to pull off the wall and stand up wherever I was working.  And it served that purpose for 10 solid years before the slide-hammer action of dropping rails in place blew out the bottom.

Over the years, I've accumulated a few more rails and some accessories for my TS-55, like the TSO squares and parallel guides.  They usually ended up cluttering whatever corner of the shop I left them in, or put so well back in their original packaging that it seemed too tedious to pull them out.  So I figured there might be some opportunity for improvement in rail quiver 2.0. 

The previous version was just a through-pass of a 3/4" router bit, but for this one, I used a dado blade to notch a bunch of baltic birch scrap to accommodate the wider parts of the rail, which let me space the slots a lot closer.

I knew I wanted it to be deep enough to accommodate the TSO squares hanging off the side.  At first, I was just going to stick another rail notch in there, but I realized I could probably get the parallel guides in the same space with a little bit of additional effort. 

Stands stable even with the long rail in place.  I have ridiculously tall ceilings in my garage, so I can mount it at the same space as the old one, and the 8' will clear the ceiling, but not by enough to pull it out of the quiver.  Which is fine, because the 8' has lived on the top of whatever's on the top shelf of my lumber rack for years without any real issues.  The rest of them sit at a convenient height for me on the wall and are easy to remove when needed.

While I was playing with the baltic birch scrap I had around the shop, I also built some UG rail feet.  The bench my Kapex sits on when not mounted to the stand is not quite long enough to support the UG wings at the bracket, and it also has a small but noticeable dip on one side that makes an impact over the length of the UG wing.  There were several ways to skin this particular cat.  This was version 1:

Version 2 was a little nicer, and includes levelling feet so that I could level out that dip in the bench. 

These get the job done, and have minimal impact and are easy to store when I put the Kapex and wings back on the UG stand.  Their 'free-floating' nature means I don't have to spend a lot of time making sure the Kapex ends up at the exact same spot on the bench when I've moved it.  This was one of those simple projects that solved a specific problem quickly and efficiently, which are often the projects that give me the most joy.

Anyways, thanks for letting me share!

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Offline rvieceli

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Re: Rail Quiver and Feet
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2020, 07:13 AM »
very nicely done. Great solution.

Offline Vtshopdog

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Re: Rail Quiver and Feet
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2020, 09:18 AM »

I’m with you on the enjoyment of devising a simple fix to a specific problem.  (Even better if I can build it out of scrap...)  I love second and third iteration fixture projects as each version refines and improves on the previous, solving issues that don’t emerge until you start using the one you just built.

Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Rail Quiver and Feet
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2020, 11:48 AM »
@JohnnyEgo   I want to send you a HUGE, HUGE, HUGE shout out for sticking around all these years.  AND then thinking about others here and posting a great project.  Really brought a smile to my face and satisfaction that us old-timers of the Forum still read and are willing to contribute when they come up with something that others can benefit from.

Wishing you, and all those around you, a safe and happy holiday season.  Hopefully you will see more postings from you next year.  I bet you already have things to share that others would love to see.


Offline Stan Tillinghast

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Re: Rail Quiver and Feet
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2020, 01:50 PM »
I think “share-steal-adapt-share” should be our motto. Continuous quality improvement, in other words.
I look forward to making a contribution some day; thank you for yours, it’s quite a slick solution to a problem I wasn’t even aware of (I mean that in a good way).
Für das Beste gerade gut genug!

Offline Doug H

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Re: Rail Quiver and Feet
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2020, 02:42 PM »
Very nice design.

Offline JohnnyEgo

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Re: Rail Quiver and Feet
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2020, 02:44 PM »
Thank you all for the very kind words.  I get a lot out of this place over the years, sometimes in surprising and unexpected ways.  I spent a couple hours once trying to figure out how to mill a certain face profile without having to buy a fancy new router fence.  A few minutes on here, I stumbled into a suggestion from another member in a long-past thread that was applicable to my situation, and cost me nothing.  It wasn't the first time this forum has provided me with unexpected solutions to challenging problems, and it certainly won't be the last.  Makes me very appreciative!

Another shot or two of the feet in action.  Shows how the UG wing brackets ended up slightly over the bench.  I really only needed one on each side, but I like the symmetry.  I built two of them that could accommodate the legs in the folded position, but I decided I liked the usable space with them unfolded a little more.  And it was way easier than extending the work bench. 

Also, one more shot of the new rail quiver in it's normal resting place, looking like it's always been there.  So nice to not have to dig for things!