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Offline jobsworth

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Why I like Festool
« on: August 14, 2019, 12:07 PM »
So I went to visit a old friend of mine in Eastern Oregon. Its about a 17 hr drive for me. I usually do something for him while Im there. Last time I built some doors and a F/F for both his bathrooms. All they had before was some shelves that really didnt look good. So I loaded up my truck with some festools drove the 17 hrs and built these for him. The face frames didnt need any caulking as they were built to fit. the top did need some moulding. One set of doors is a singe door the 2nd are double doors as the opening was a bit wider.


This time His wife wanted a built in bar. So I loaded the tool up in the truck and off I went.
 
I set up shop in his shop/garage and built this on site.

The project not really finished, but my portion is. I built it and He is supposed get the glass for the doors installed and the upper gets glass shelving.

The carcasses are shop maple the F/F and doors are red oak stains with a Mohawk finishes OB wipe on golden oak stain. It was the only one I could find that matched his existing golden oak kitchen and other things. Jimbo seems to like golden oak. I finished/top coated it with GF Enduro coatafter letting the OB stain thoroughly dry. I used a test piece to make sure the stain was dry before applying the top coat.

No shims were needed of install as it was built pretty darned close to the wall to give it a good fit.

Anyway this was built entirely on site 17 hrs from my shop.

Oh yea Jims going to get a mirror for the back wall in between the upper and lower cabinet.

So why do I like Festool? Bc I know of no other system where ya can load up a woodshop in the back of a truck and drive 17hrs, set up shop and build shop built quality projects.


« Last Edit: August 14, 2019, 12:09 PM by jobsworth »

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Re: Why I like Festool
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2019, 12:40 PM »
@jobsworth  - it's nice to have an old friend like that.
It's even nicer to be an old friend like you [smile]

oh, yes, mobile woodworking with FESTOOL is the way to go!

Hans

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Re: Why I like Festool
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2019, 01:29 PM »
Very nice. You are indeed a true friend as shown by your deeds.  [big grin]
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Offline usernumber1

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Re: Why I like Festool
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2019, 02:40 PM »
what tools did you bring and what did you end up using?

Online Mike Goetzke

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Re: Why I like Festool
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2019, 03:12 PM »
Yes - very nice indeed. I'd like to see more on tools and techniques too. Like - how did you make raised panels on the road, door frames did you router cope/stick or domino...

Thanks
Mike

Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Why I like Festool
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2019, 04:23 PM »
Lovely job there Ron, especially in the time frame.
Your friends must be very happy.  [thumbs up]

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Why I like Festool
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2019, 04:57 PM »
@usernumber1

what tools did you bring and what did you end up using?

I brought my

 CMS VL with fence,

the TS 75 and router (with the 2200 mounted in it) modules,

TS55,

1010,

LR 32,

 Domino 500,

2 1400 holy rails w connectors,

 TSO GRS, GRS PE 16, the 20" and 30" guide rails (though I only used the 30")

 ETC 150/3 Rotex 150,

 850 planer plus bench stand,

1 MFT and bought the extension while I was there.

 Jim had a Kreg jig,

my C12 and C18 drills,

 Installers kit,

the festool tool box with the folding lids were helpful for bringing my screws, shelf pins,

 CT22 with the 27 and 35mm hoses,

my systainer with the sandpaper.

O yea,

 2 clamping elements and 2 adj bench clamps

If I had to do it again I would bring my custom 500mm rail the 1400 were to long for cross cutting as the div of the carcase was about 12 wide.

Thats pretty close to everything i brought.

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Why I like Festool
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2019, 05:16 PM »
@Mike Goetzke

Not much difference in making raised panels on the road or in she shop. I have a TS 75 module for my CMS I used it for ripping the stock to width, Jim had a old chop saw I used to cut the stock to length. But I could of used the MFT for cross cutting.

Used the domino 500 to glue up the panels, the track saw and rail to square up the ends , my 2200 in my CMS with rail and style and panel bits to make the doors.

The staining and finishing was done next. Which I brushed on (wipe on stain and brushed on finish).

the face frame was pretty cool, after pocket holeing the top and bottem pieces (could of used the domino but did want to wait for the glue to set) I cut each cross piece individually to fit the shelf and the hole the pocket holes them to the frame.

Now for the Bar, I used the GRS w the PGs to cut the ply to width and to length.  I used a couple of dominos to register the sides to the tops and then used screws to assemble .

They wouldnt be seen as this is a built in. I used pocket hole for the F/F and dominos for the doors, sanded using the ETS as the doors need very little sanding.

 I used the 2200 with a rabbiting bit to route out the groove for the glass on the back side.

I could of just as easily routed a tongue and groove joint for the bar doors If I wanted to use a raised panel or the rail and style bit. But I thought the domino frame and black glass would look better and match his furniture as he has a black sofa w love seat.

I stained the inside of the carcse prior to assy using a W/B GF Black Walnut stain.I just wiped it on.
As they just wanted the inside dark no preferance as to whether real black walnt or not, and went over it with the GF Enduro coat brushed it on sanded between coats used 3 coats. The golden oak stain I used was a Mohawk finishes  wipe on dark golden oak. I picked it up at that supplier in Portland.

It was the closest I could find to match the existing golden Oak finish as he didnt have the stuff I used on his bathroom doors last year.

I let it dry thoroughly over night it was 95 degrees that day and warm in the evening so it dried fairly fast. Then I brushed on the Enduro top coat

Another thing I learned is to locate suppliers and check them out before I start the project as I didnt want to be running around looking for a supplier when I needed something.

 Since I was out of state I didn't have any suppliers that I knew of.  I used google and found a supplier simular to Woodcraft in Portland that had a huge finishing supply. I stopped by there when I went to pick up my wife she flew in a week after I got there.

 Thats where I bought the Mohawk OB stain. They had a huge selection of crayons soft fill wax , hard fill wax, and markers.

 A place in the TRI cities area of Washington is where I bought hardware, screws and the plywood from. I also found another place in the Tri Cities that will order any type of wood you want and have it by thursday. Thats when he gets his deliveries.

Hope this helps anything else please lemme know.
« Last Edit: August 14, 2019, 05:33 PM by jobsworth »

Offline ScotF

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Re: Why I like Festool
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2019, 09:54 PM »
Great job, Ron! Any pics of your set-up you can share?

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Why I like Festool
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2019, 12:09 AM »
@ScotF

No scot, unfortunately i didnt ake any set up photos, just photos of the finished items.

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Re: Why I like Festool
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2019, 08:58 PM »
Nice results.  Festools certainly work well.

Offline Cheese

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Re: Why I like Festool
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2019, 09:57 PM »
Nice job and a great overview of why Festool is such a great choice if you need to go mobile. When it comes to mobility, Festool is still one of the best options. Everything you need in the back of a pickup truck.  [cool]

I recently purchased a CMS-GE after they were discontinued. I am completely blown away with the quality of the item and the attention to detail.

Nice equipment...nice review.  [smile]

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Why I like Festool
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2019, 10:41 PM »
@Cheese

thanks, to me since I use almost all festools there isnt much different between working in my shop and working on site.

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Re: Why I like Festool
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2019, 11:21 PM »
Thanks, to me since I use almost all festools there isnt much different between working in my shop and working on site.

Ya that's an interesting approach...tradition calls for and almost demands that we use large cast iron, basically permanently positioned machines for processing wood products. I think about my stationary jointer, planer, drill press, shaper, band saw and table saw.
While that can be a viable approach when it comes to processing metallic items, that specific need isn't really mandatory for processing ALL/EVERY wood items.

So for me lately, it's all about enjoying the outdoors environment more as I become older. And packing up a CMS and bringing it outside to use for 8 hours is ultimately 10X more enjoyable than hunkering over a cast iron router table for 8 hours in a cool basement.

That put's a smile on my face... [big grin] [big grin]

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Re: Why I like Festool
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2019, 11:51 AM »
Well, done!

Reminds me of that old TV series:

"Have Festool, Will Travel."  [big grin]

Offline mattbyington

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Re: Why I like Festool
« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2019, 12:44 PM »
@jobsworth nice work looks great!!

Matt

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Re: Why I like Festool
« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2019, 09:31 PM »
@jobsworth great work and a great demonstration of mobile craftsmanship powered by Festool.