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Offline Pnw painter

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Options for using a non-Festool router on Festool rails
« on: January 23, 2018, 07:29 PM »
I'm about to start building some cabinets for my shop and I'd like to connect a router to my Festool rails to use for Dado's.

Obviously, my Bosch 1617 router doesn't have a guide rail adapter that will work with Festool rails. Micro Fence sells something called the "Interface Essentials Package" that allows you to mount just about any router to the Festool rails. At $250 its not cheap, but it would work.

Another option I'm considering, is buying a Makita or Triton router using their guide rail adapters to mount them my Festool track. Since I've heard the Festool, Makita and Triton tracks are virtually identical, I'm curious if anybody has had luck using Makita or Triton routers with a Festool track.

Any advice would be appreciated. In a perfect world I'd buy an OF1400, but since I don't think I'll use this setup very much, I'm having a tough time justifying the purchase of an OF1400.

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Offline Pnw painter

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Re: Options for using a non-Festool router on Festool rails
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2018, 01:52 PM »
BNA, thanks for the advice and the links. For certain application I think a Dado jig would be very practical. There are a ton of different Dado jigs, but are there any that you think work particularly well?

I thought that attaching the router to the guide rail would be the most practical approach for making 8' Dado's in sheets of ply.

Offline Dick Mahany

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Re: Options for using a non-Festool router on Festool rails
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2018, 02:38 PM »
You could also do something like this with threaded rod, a home made adapter plate and Festool guides.  Works great.

Offline android

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Re: Options for using a non-Festool router on Festool rails
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2018, 03:56 PM »
You are overthinking this. Just clamp a straight edge and run the router, (any router with a straight bit) against the edge and poof you have a dado.

You have to be careful doing this. I used this method to put some grooves on my work top and when the router ran across some harder grain, it pulled away from the track.

Luckily, it was just a piece of plywood and not something expensive. If I were routing a long slot on a production part, I'd want something that keeps the router on course no matter what.


Offline Dongar

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Re: Options for using a non-Festool router on Festool rails
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2018, 07:26 PM »

Offline Bohdan

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Re: Options for using a non-Festool router on Festool rails
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2018, 07:41 PM »

You have to be careful doing this. I used this method to put some grooves on my work top and when the router ran across some harder grain, it pulled away from the track.

If the router pulls away from the rail it means that you are cutting in the wrong direction. You have to always have the cutter cutting so that it pushes against the rail as it cuts.

Offline Mark Katz

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Re: Options for using a non-Festool router on Festool rails
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2018, 02:40 AM »
@Dongar  The post you linked to was posted in 2007 and thus the photos are no longer visible (except in postage stamp sized previews). Would you mind reposting the photos from that post again? I'm assuming you have the jpgs on your computer so you won't need to actually retake the photos.

Thanks in advance,

Offline Master Carpenter

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Re: Options for using a non-Festool router on Festool rails
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2018, 04:38 PM »

Obviously, my Bosch 1617 router doesn't have a guide rail adapter that will work with Festool rails. Micro Fence sells something called the "Interface Essentials Package" that allows you to mount just about any router to the Festool rails. At $250 its not cheap, but it would work.


There is a reason the microfence isn't cheap. It's extremely precise, you want to make a dado 1/100 of an inch wider than your material, it will do it. I have a systainer with my microfence "kit", it doesn't come out often, but when I need maximum accuracy, it's what I reach for.

The microfence edge guide made the bevel radius below a piece of cake
« Last Edit: January 29, 2018, 04:42 PM by Master Carpenter »

Offline vinay

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Re: Options for using a non-Festool router on Festool rails
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2018, 01:21 PM »
Reviving an old thread...

I'm thinking about purchasing Bosch GMF 1600 vs. Festool 1400.
The main benefit I see for the Festool is that it can be used with the Festool rail that I already own as I have the TS-55.
I found the following Video that shows "Makita 194579-2 Router Guide Rail Adapter" connecting GOF 1400 to Festool rail, and saw elsewhere that GOF 1400 and 1600 appear to use the same Bosch fence, meaning they should be compatible.

Does anyone know if that Makita adapter would allow using the GMF 1600 with the Festool rail? I wonder why I couldn't find any discussion raising that as an option, maybe it doesn't work after all?


Offline Imemiter

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Re: Options for using a non-Festool router on Festool rails
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2020, 04:51 PM »
Does anyone know if that Makita adapter would allow using the GMF 1600 with the Festool rail? I wonder why I couldn't find any discussion raising that as an option, maybe it doesn't work after all?

I've been able to use the Makita adaptor with a Bosch 1617. IIRC, you can either use the Makita rods or slightly widen the rod sockets in the rail guide.
CSX, DTS400, ETS125, RAS115, HKC55, OR1010, LR32, CTSys, CT-VA-20

Offline woodferret

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Re: Options for using a non-Festool router on Festool rails
« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2020, 05:11 PM »
This should work.
https://www.axminstertools.com/bosch-router-guide-rail-adaptor-gof-gmf-te-600-for-gkf-600-506685

https://www.bosch-professional.com/gb/en/community/category/gmf-1600-play-on-the-plunge-guides-festo-t-rails/12579327-t#/main

Thanks for the link to the FSN OFA.  I had purchased the Makita guide rail adapter a long while ago but never got around to using it because it lacked the incremental adjustment.  This looks promising.

Offline cubevandude

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Re: Options for using a non-Festool router on Festool rails
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2020, 08:38 AM »
Here's a picture of it on the Makita Rail.


https://img.ricardostatic.ch/t_1800x1350/pl/1070605494/3/6/
« Last Edit: November 07, 2020, 03:58 PM by cubevandude »

Offline mkasdin

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Re: Options for using a non-Festool router on Festool rails
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2020, 01:38 AM »
I ended up getting the domino so I wouldn’t have to mess with dados for workshop cabinets and quick and easy kitchen builds. I have yet to use the domino... I initially purchased the of1010 then I was thinking of getting the of1400 for the larger collet size... I’ll probably get the of1010 in the future... I was looking to save money by retrofitting a Dewalt,Bosch, Makita etc to a FT guide rail and after getting a cheaper router adaptor, dust port etc. I was close to the cost of a of1010.

Online acer66

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Re: Options for using a non-Festool router on Festool rails
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2020, 08:42 AM »
Thank you for the link and pictures cubevandude.

Offline woodferret

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Re: Options for using a non-Festool router on Festool rails
« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2020, 09:24 AM »
Thanks for the link to the FSN OFA.  I had purchased the Makita guide rail adapter a long while ago but never got around to using it because it lacked the incremental adjustment.  This looks promising.

For future reference, apparently the Festool FE-FS/OF 1000 microadjust (488754) works well with the Makita rail adapter for a variety of routers.

https://holzwerkerblog.de/2015/02/16/alles-mit-system-teil-6-feineinstellung/