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Offline weeman5790

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LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« on: July 31, 2020, 02:14 PM »
Hello.

I'm not sure if this has been discussed before so apologies in advance if it has been.

I recently bought the LR32 system and I find the whole setup process and clamping each gable/board down very time time consuming ao I am considering designing my own permanent work bench dedicated to the LR32 system. I was thinking of using it similar to the MFT3 bench where I would attach a 2.4m LR rail to a 2.4m bench and that way I can slide gables underneath and the router them out quickly and on to the next one.

Has anyone made anything like this before? Looking for some inspiration or any photos of your set up as I've only used it a few times this last couple of weeks and I am looking to make the most out of it.

Offline savsuds

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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2020, 04:21 PM »
I would advise this thread as a place to start.
LR32 thread

I opted for the Scmitt32.

If you happen to have maybe 2+ extra guide rail dogs laying around, you could very well make your desired jig with some careful layout.

I used 2 guide rail dogs on my MFT and placed the rail lengthwise. I placed small off cuts near the dog holes to support the track. I had both stops set close to the edges of the top, so I could slide a panel to that end. I used the LR32 guides and a TSO stop to make sure following panels would be spaced the same. I did the 58mm row of holes, then set it all up to do the 282mm row of holes for my SYS-AZ cabinets. I used a Metric T-square from WoodPeckers to draw the 282mm row. I aligned the guides off the back end of the panel to use the LR32 guides, before locking down my TSO Stops again.

Sorry I did not take pictures.
« Last Edit: July 31, 2020, 04:42 PM by savsuds »
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Offline weeman5790

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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2020, 05:58 PM »
Something like this is what I'm thinking.

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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2020, 06:45 PM »
Something like this is what I'm thinking.

@weeman5790 https://www.festoolownersgroup.com/home-improvement-other-projects/home-office-remodel/msg612293/#msg612293

I built a vac sys cart and I use vacuum guide rail clamps. It's the fastest setup for the lr32 possible.
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Offline weeman5790

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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2020, 01:58 AM »
Nice idea, thanks.

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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2020, 07:00 PM »
I like my LR32 system but it does have some issues.  First I hate those setback bars or whatever they are called.  They are a pain putting on/off all the time.  So I came up with a different method.  I have a 4x8 mft style bench I made with the parf guide system.  Then I made a a couple adjustable plywood stops (very similar to the TSO TDS-10) Now I just use the Festool setback bars to set set the first row and use a set of tall bench dogs to bump the LR32 rail upto and set the plywood stops to the side of the cabinet gable. Now you can batch them out twice as fast. Most of my stuff is custom depth so the adjustable plywood stops allows any width.   

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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2020, 11:02 PM »
I like my LR32 system but it does have some issues.  First I hate those setback bars or whatever they are called.  They are a pain putting on/off all the time.  So I came up with a different method.  I have a 4x8 mft style bench I made with the parf guide system.  Then I made a a couple adjustable plywood stops (very similar to the TSO TDS-10) Now I just use the Festool setback bars to set set the first row and use a set of tall bench dogs to bump the LR32 rail upto and set the plywood stops to the side of the cabinet gable. Now you can batch them out twice as fast. Most of my stuff is custom depth so the adjustable plywood stops allows any width.

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Offline Jeff Zanin

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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2020, 08:50 AM »
I am darned if I can find it now but I think I have seen a video by Brice Burrell where he created a jig with a rail and some stops that allowed sliding the work in and out of it for repetitive operations.  If somebody can find it this might suggest something to the OP.

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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2020, 10:57 AM »


From Bruce Burrell ^

This one Jeff Zanin?

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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2020, 09:16 PM »
I like my LR32 system but it does have some issues.  First I hate those setback bars or whatever they are called.  They are a pain putting on/off all the time.  So I came up with a different method.  I have a 4x8 mft style bench I made with the parf guide system.  Then I made a a couple adjustable plywood stops (very similar to the TSO TDS-10) Now I just use the Festool setback bars to set set the first row and use a set of tall bench dogs to bump the LR32 rail upto and set the plywood stops to the side of the cabinet gable. Now you can batch them out twice as fast. Most of my stuff is custom depth so the adjustable plywood stops allows any width.

Pictures please and welcome to the FOG

Thanks, unfortunately I tried posting pics before but I couldn't get it to work for some reason. Im also neck deep in other unrelated projects so it will be awhile before I could get some pics and the bench is buried at this point. I will try to explain better.

1. First use the Festool setback bars as usual to get your LR32 rail onto your gable panel in the correct location (Dont clamp the rail to the work piece) and dont remove the bars yet.
2. Position the the workpiece and rail onto the mft or mft style workbench in a comfortable position for routing the holes. Typically you will be standing facing the long edge of the table and long edge of the gable panel with the rubber edge of the rail closest to you.
3. You will then insert a TALL (the bench dogs need to be taller than the gable since the rail will be butting up to them) bench dog in the closest 20mm holes on the left and right side of the gable and to the BACK side of the LR32 rail which typically would be the short sides or the top and bottom of the gable.  It wont matter if there is some play side to side but you dont want to leave extra empty holes. 
4. now carfully slide the gable and LR32 rail so the ends of the rail that over hang the panel touch the tall bench dogs being careful not to bump the rail off the correct setback.  Your Festool setback rods should still be on.
5. Now you just need to put some type of stops (you need two near the rear corners of the gable) against the back edge of the gable.  I made a plywood version of the TSO TDS-10 but used the parf anchor dogs so I could simply route a slot instead of mortising out for the top of the dog and bought some cheap 8mm knobs from amazon.  You could even use scraps of wood and just some clamps that fit in the 20mm holes.  You just need a way to create a stop for the gable panel so it cant move back or away from you. 
6. so at this point you should have your gable panel with 2 stops along the back edge that prevent the panel from being moved back but the gable panel still has some movement left to right between the tall bench dogs but that doesnt matter since the Festool end stops in the LR32 rail will lock that in place and the hard edge (non rubber edge) of the LR32 rail should be touching the tall bench dogs where the LR32 rail overhangs the gable on the left and right. 
7. now you can remove the setback rails and route the holes.  Note that there is nothing preventing the Gable or rail from sliding toward you the stops for both the gable and rail only prevent rearward movement.  So I just apply slight pressure back as I move the router along the rail.  I have never had any problems with either moving between the rearward pressure and the anti slip rubber on the rails keeps everything in place.  You can throw a clamp on the gable through a 20mm hole of your choosing for a little extra insurance but I dont even bother with that anymore. 
8.  The only slop you need to watch for is the left to right movement since everything can still slide left to right (but remember the end stops lock the rail to the panel.  If you route left to right then make sure you start with the gable touching the tall dog on the right.

I know it sounds harder than it is it only takes 30 seconds once you have the system down.  The best part is you can batch out all gables that have the same depth without using the setback rails and there is no complicated setup and the gable panels can be swapped out in seconds. A pic would be much better and I will try but it will be awhile before I can do it since my bench is buried at the moment.   
« Last Edit: August 03, 2020, 06:29 AM by afish »

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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2020, 12:32 PM »
OK, so I did a quick sketch up drawing showing what I was talking about, since a pic wasnt an option at this time.  The benefit of this way is nothing is locked in its easy to adjust the setback of the 5mm holes using the festool setback rails on the first panel to adjust the tall dogs and the adjustable stops after that its super easy to batch all panels.  The LR32 rail is held in place left to right on the panel using the end stops (not shown) As mentioned earlier you can add a quick clamp to hold the gable and some parf dog rail clips if you are unsure at first but I dont use any of those anymore and never had any issues of movement.  Its simple works well and since I already had the MFT bench it was cheap.  I dont think there is a faster way.   

Offline Jeff Zanin

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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2020, 05:17 PM »


From Bruce Burrell ^

This one Jeff Zanin?

I was thinking of a different one, done at what looked like a Festool training site.  It was a bit longer and easier to see what he was doing.  But the same basic idea. 

Here it is:


I described something similar here.
« Last Edit: August 03, 2020, 05:31 PM by Jeff Zanin »

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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2020, 09:01 PM »
I started adding a row of 20 mm dog holes spaced 32 mm apart at each end of my 4'x8' MFT (I have 60+ mm spacing from the edges of the top due to the 4080 extrusions acting as the top's framework). I have plenty of guide rail dogs to play around with the idea. I would need a 5 mm spacer to make the first row 37 mm off the front.

EDIT: Added two rows of 32mm spaced dog holes in the middle so I can use my 1400mm LR32 rail. When I receive the 7mmx7mm flat bars I will update again.
« Last Edit: August 30, 2020, 04:10 PM by savsuds »
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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2020, 11:09 PM »
I use my parallel guides for the lr 32. I find taking the bars off really annoying.

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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2020, 11:41 PM »
OK, StanB, this is StanT. I was just looking at that drawing, had just gone to the TSO site and looked at the TSD-10, and thought—hey! Why not just use my WP parallel guide system to accomplish the same thing??
I come back, scroll down another screen, and their you are, Bob’s your uncle!
I can’t wait to give it a try—next cabinet.

Edited to add: with long panels as in your photo, StanB, do you have any tricks for marking the location of the key holes for the LR32 guide rail? Just use a big WP square perhaps?
« Last Edit: August 07, 2020, 11:44 PM by Stan Tillinghast »
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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2020, 08:32 AM »
I started adding a row of 20 mm dog holes spaced 32 mm apart at each end of my 4'x8' MFT (I have 60+ mm spacing from the edges of the top due to the 4080 extrusions acting as the top's framework). I have plenty of guide rail dogs to play around with the idea. I would need a 5 mm spacer to make the first row 37 mm off the front.

EDIT: Added two rows of 32mm spaced dog holes in the middle so I can use my 1400mm LR32 rail. When I receive the 7mmx7mm flat bars I will update again.

Definitely keep us posted on this.  Great idea.

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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2020, 09:38 AM »
I finally unburied my MFT top and took some pics of the system I use to batch process the gable panels.  I had done a drawing earlier but someone asked for pics so here they are.  The setback rails are shown but they are only used to adjust the adjustable wooden stops along the back side.  Once those are adjusted you wont need those setback guides until you switch panel sizes or move to boring the 35mm holes for the hinges.  I typically drill my holes right to left so I slide the entire assembly to the left so the panel and rail are butted to the tall dog on the left side since all the pressure while drilling and moving the router will be pushing from right to left.  If you go from left to right you just slide the entire assembly over to butt up to the tall dog on the right side instead. If you dont have your panels cut using true 32 then you would need to flip your end stop to the other side but you dont really need to ever drill left-right and then right-left its just a comfort thing and probably more to do with if your right or left handed if you are using true 32mm .  Nothing else needs to change or be adjusted.  You could add a 3rd adjustable stop to the side or just throw a quick clamp on but I have never had any issues with anything moving so any other clamp would just slow down the swapping of panels.  I have found no other way that is faster or easier.  The rail simply lifts off with no extra attachments or parallel guides in the way.  The wooden stops are just simple homemade stops made from scraps with a 8mm slot for a star knob that goes into a anchor dog (I think that's what they are called) You can buy a TSO version if you like instead but they are easy to make. I got the star knobs off amazon and they were also inexpensive.  Any questions let me know.

The piece of MDF is just some scrap I had that was approx the same size as a typical base cabinet gable so I just used it as reference for the photos.  I dont make my gables out of MDF in case anyone was wondering. 

Yep, anchor dogs I had bought these prior to the LR32 and at the time didnt know what to use them for but wow they come in handy.  https://www.axminstertools.com/us/ujk-technology-parf-anchor-dogs-106323 
« Last Edit: September 07, 2020, 09:50 AM by afish »

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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #18 on: September 07, 2020, 02:51 PM »
I started adding a row of 20 mm dog holes spaced 32 mm apart at each end of my 4'x8' MFT (I have 60+ mm spacing from the edges of the top due to the 4080 extrusions acting as the top's framework). I have plenty of guide rail dogs to play around with the idea. I would need a 5 mm spacer to make the first row 37 mm off the front.

EDIT: Added two rows of 32mm spaced dog holes in the middle so I can use my 1400mm LR32 rail. When I receive the 7mmx7mm flat bars I will update again.

Definitely keep us posted on this.  Great idea.
It turned out much simpler than I thought. I only need a 7mm spacer or 22mm spacer depending on what I am using as a reference stop. I need a 7mm spacer when I use my TSO TDS-10 to set the panel 37mm away. I use guide rail dogs and put the LR32 1400 rail into the 7th 32mm dog hole. If I use a UJK Guide Pup, I need a 22mm spacer the set the panel. Shift the rail how ever number of dog holes for your next row. since they are 32mm apart.

I am looking to get a local CNC shop to chop half of the top off a couple dogs to move the rail to the 6th row to get the first row 37mm.
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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #19 on: September 07, 2020, 06:33 PM »
I got 2 1400 holy rails and bought a extra set of end stops. So now I can do 2 at a time. plus using the  sys vac makes it even easier.

 Also the rapid clamps make it easier to


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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2020, 10:40 PM »
I’ll be using my LR32 in the near future and hadn’t considered making any jigs to simplify things but this thread has me thinking ...

I was considering mounting the holy rail to my Incra fence rails, zeroing out the magnetic scale, drilling the first holes at 37mm, zeroing the scale again, and then easily moving the fence in precise increments of 32mm.  While this could work well, assuming I can print some mounts and get things to stay square, I thought about another idea ...

I like the idea of using the MFT/3 with its 96mm spacing which is divisible by 32mm. I’m thinking I can replace the regular rail with the holy rail (since it’s 55” I’d buy an extra swivel and mount it so the regular rail and holy rail could easily be swapped), raise it up just above the material, square it with dogs/triangle, and clamp the front raiser. I’d then space some dogs in the holes in front of the fence and keep the material pushed up against the dogs. I’d then put dogs parallel with the fence and keep the material pressed to it. Holes would be drilled, the board would be moved Right, dogs moved Right, and more holes drilled. This seems rather easy but would require a few things ...

The holy rail would have to be aligned Left/Right so that the router bit lands on 37mm from the front of the board with the board butted up against the vertical dogs. Since the Left/Right position is arbitrary it seems this could be set and used for regular cutting as well as for making shelf pin holes. The next thing would be the fence would need to be aligned Front/Back so the holes have the correct offset in relationship to the Top/Bottom of the board which is pushed up to the horizontal dogs in front of the fence. This is also adjustable to some degree and I assume is feasible. Other than aligning the holy rail, it seems you may want 2x 32mm width boards in case you desire some holes which don’t fall on increments of 96mm.  If your offset from the Top/Bottom of the board always stays the same, it seems this would be very repeatable and is easily adjustable for various board thicknesses...
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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2020, 02:07 AM »
Im not sure I fully followed but that method sounds like it will limit the panel size you are capable of doing.  Not sure what an "extra swivel" is so Im not 100% sure im picturing this in my head correctly but... Another option to drilling all the extra holes in the MFT is to take 2 scraps of plywood and drill a 25mm eccentric hole so it fits over the shoulder of the dog.  You could either drill the hole off center so it would give you 4 different setbacks simply by rotating the block or trim the blocks after (which would probably be easier).  One side would be the the odd dimension to get the first row at the 37mm mark ( the other poster mentioned 22mm) and then add 32 and 64 to 22 to get the increments between the 96mm holes the 4th side you could make to give the correct setback for the cup hinge. I had thought about doing this instead of using the infinitely adjustable stops I currently use and truthfully I probably still would for doing true 32 stuff, if I was going to continue using the LR32 system.  However there are some times you might not always need or want everything based on 32mm or set back 37mm . I also prefer to have the stops to the back of the piece not at the front and no rail dogs that could make it more difficult or slow the swapping of the gable.  However that's just my personal preference. If you did do the eccentric stop block you would have to reference the doors from the front since they will vary and not follow the 37mm setback which will require different sized spacer or more custom dogs.   

 
« Last Edit: September 09, 2020, 08:16 AM by afish »

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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2020, 02:38 AM »
I started adding a row of 20 mm dog holes spaced 32 mm apart at each end of my 4'x8' MFT (I have 60+ mm spacing from the edges of the top due to the 4080 extrusions acting as the top's framework). I have plenty of guide rail dogs to play around with the idea. I would need a 5 mm spacer to make the first row 37 mm off the front.

EDIT: Added two rows of 32mm spaced dog holes in the middle so I can use my 1400mm LR32 rail. When I receive the 7mmx7mm flat bars I will update again.

Definitely keep us posted on this.  Great idea.
It turned out much simpler than I thought. I only need a 7mm spacer or 22mm spacer depending on what I am using as a reference stop. I need a 7mm spacer when I use my TSO TDS-10 to set the panel 37mm away. I use guide rail dogs and put the LR32 1400 rail into the 7th 32mm dog hole. If I use a UJK Guide Pup, I need a 22mm spacer the set the panel. Shift the rail how ever number of dog holes for your next row. since they are 32mm apart.

I am looking to get a local CNC shop to chop half of the top off a couple dogs to move the rail to the 6th row to get the first row 37mm.

couple questions.  How are you handling the back holes?  I see how the front 37mm holes are done.  If i'm understanding correctly you then move the rail "X" holes back (away) from you to get the desired 32mm increment.  doesn't this place the rail so its hanging off the back of the gable?  Im assuming you slip some scraps under it to keep it flat and supported.  Also doesn't that put the rail somewhat rearward (about mid table) requiring leaning over the bench ? Not a big deal if you are young, but anyone who has batched out a half dozen or so tall 8'ish gables will be much happier working 6" back from the front instead of leaning way over. A few panels would be ok but anything more forget about it.  Or are you flipping the gable so the back side is facing you? but if so won't that affect the custom spacer dimension since the last row is rarely the same 37mm from the back?  Oh and then what about the doors since those arnt 37mm.  Do you do your doors on the LR32 too?   
« Last Edit: September 09, 2020, 08:06 AM by afish »

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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #23 on: September 09, 2020, 02:26 PM »
Im not sure I fully followed but that method sounds like it will limit the panel size you are capable of doing.  Not sure what an "extra swivel" is so Im not 100% sure im picturing this in my head correctly but... Another option to drilling all the extra holes in the MFT is to take 2 scraps of plywood and drill a 25mm eccentric hole so it fits over the shoulder of the dog.  You could either drill the hole off center so it would give you 4 different setbacks simply by rotating the block or trim the blocks after (which would probably be easier).  One side would be the the odd dimension to get the first row at the 37mm mark ( the other poster mentioned 22mm) and then add 32 and 64 to 22 to get the increments between the 96mm holes the 4th side you could make to give the correct setback for the cup hinge. I had thought about doing this instead of using the infinitely adjustable stops I currently use and truthfully I probably still would for doing true 32 stuff, if I was going to continue using the LR32 system.  However there are some times you might not always need or want everything based on 32mm or set back 37mm . I also prefer to have the stops to the back of the piece not at the front and no rail dogs that could make it more difficult or slow the swapping of the gable.  However that's just my personal preference. If you did do the eccentric stop block you would have to reference the doors from the front since they will vary and not follow the 37mm setback which will require different sized spacer or more custom dogs.

Panels would be laid down on the MFT/3 with their Front/Back facing the fence and butted up to dogs in the back row of holes which allows for around 26" deep panels.

Since the holy rail is 55" and the MFT/3 rail is 42", I'm saying that if you do not wish to have an extra 13" of rail permanently hanging off the MFT/3, you could buy an extra rear swivel bracket, mount it to the holy rail, and then as needed, slide off the stock rail, slide on the holy rail up to the end stop, lock it down, and you're ready to go.

Since the rail can be adjusted Forward/Backward when loosened from the rear swivel bracket, the Front/Rear starting hole locations can be adjusted in this way.  In my case, I'd have the first hole at 5mm from the top of the board so the 2nd hole would give me 37mm offset but you could set it up for a different offset, use the block method for various different offsets, with ability to flip the panel Front/Back orientation.

The point of the LR32 is that drawer slides, hinges, etc. are spaced 32mm apart ... what hardware are you using that isn't in increments of 32mm?

With regards to using dogs, swapping the gables are as easy as lifting the rail, laying down a new panel, and sliding it up to the dogs by the fence.  The only thing which would be slow or inconvenient about using dogs is you have to continually move the horizontal dogs which are parallel to the fence, as you want to move the panel Left/Right to drill out the next drawer slide.  This isn't so bad for drawer slides but if you're just making a bunch of holes for adjustable shelving it would become tedious.  In this case I suspect it would be better to set the rail up with rail dogs so it can be used both horizontally and vertically and may require various blocks to quickly get the correct offsets.

At the end of the day, it's nice to have a process which is easily repeatable months or years later without a lot of thinking involved ... while this can speed things up, it's definitely got its quirks about it.
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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #24 on: September 09, 2020, 03:56 PM »
I dont use an MFT/3 only a 4x8 workbench with 20mm holes thanks to parf guide.  So Im not familiar with how the festool bracket adjusts or works. sounds similar to how I use the the adjustable wood stops.  Yes you are right all hardware is based on 32mm spacing.  My main complaint with using the LR32 was with those adjustable setback guides that give you the 37mm from the front edge or whatever distance you need be it for the back row or mid panel row if needed.  However depending on what you are making the back row and mid row if you are doing one can and will vary.  The 32mm spacing vertically never does. However some blum hardware needs an odd spaced hole at the top and bottom but typically the 37mm setback frorm the front edge is always done on the gable panel.  It might change if you where doing a bookcase or something and weren't using hinges and trying to hide the holes more.  I have done some garage cabinets that had custom depths to accommodate certain totes so the depth of the cabinet might not always be in an increment of 32 However I still try to keep the height of the gable divisible by 32mm. That way I dont need a long holly rail and if cut correctly the festool end stops lock the panel in place vertically eliminating any possibility of error.  Im not a big fan of the rail dogs as it can make lifting the rail up finicky but I guess that would depend on the fitment of the dogs but it seemed like I had to lift it just right or it would bind up.  I also dont like the just lift up the rail a little method and slide the panel out since that could scuff up or scratch a prefinshed panel.
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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #25 on: September 10, 2020, 01:35 AM »

How are you handling the back holes? I see how the front 37mm holes are done.  If i'm understanding correctly you then move the rail "X" holes back (away) from you to get the desired 32mm increment.

So far I have only done cabinets 12 inches and 24 inches deep. The 12 inch ones only had shelf pin holes. The 24 inch ones I used 20 inch drawer slides. The rail dogs go into the 8th row from the front. The 17th row gets me 357 mm and the 20th row gets me 453 mm. The 17th row is basically the midpoint of my 4'x8' table. A reach of 2 feet does not hurt my back, but I am only 49 yrs old and others experiences may vary. I do however have a tilting MFT top where I can raise the front side 12 inches up and just work from the back side by flipping everything.

doesn't this place the rail so its hanging off the back of the gable?  Im assuming you slip some scraps under it to keep it flat and supported.  Also doesn't that put the rail somewhat rearward (about mid table) requiring leaning over the bench ? Not a big deal if you are young, but anyone who has batched out a half dozen or so tall 8'ish gables will be much happier working 6" back from the front instead of leaning way over. A few panels would be ok but anything more forget about it.  Or are you flipping the gable so the back side is facing you? but if so won't that affect the custom spacer dimension since the last row is rarely the same 37mm from the back?  Oh and then what about the doors since those arnt 37mm.  Do you do your doors on the LR32 too?

I place a scrap piece under the guide rail to help support it normally only in the middle. If you look closely at the pictures, I have a BenchDogs UK collar set at 19 mm to support the rail at the holes. 1 mm over the 18 mm plywood has had little to no effect on the accuracy that I have noticed so far. The guide dogs are also from BenchDogs UK and are snug but not super tight like the TSO close fit dogs.

My doors are 37 mm from the front so far. But, I have only done frameless full overlay hinges to date.

When I made the holes for the SYS-AZ drawer cabinets, I did have to use a series of stops that I set up for the 58 mm and 286 mm rows.

I have since purchased the Schmitt 32 system AM42, but the cost is pretty high. I also added 25 mm holes in a row below the AM42 so that I can slide the board over a couple dog holes to hold it in place.

EDIT: When doing panel longer than 1400 mm since I made the right side of my MFT mirror the left. I can move the 1400 LR32 rail and continue from the other end and go right to left if my panels were cut to a length divisible by 32. That is in theory since I have never done that. I believe just by setting the right stop to 32 mm on the rail, thereby eliminating the need for a longer LR32 rail.
EDIT2: I guess I could also use 5mm steel pins to register the 1400 rail for the next section, then remove before continue cutting the next holes.
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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #26 on: September 10, 2020, 07:21 AM »

EDIT: When doing panel longer than 1400 mm since I made the right side of my MFT mirror the left. I can move the 1400 LR32 rail and continue from the other end and go right to left if my panels were cut to a length divisible by 32. That is in theory since I have never done that. I believe just by setting the right stop to 32 mm on the rail, thereby eliminating the need for a longer LR32 rail.

Yes that theory will work. I have done many gable panels over 1400mm this way with a single 55" rail. Since festool doesnt make a 118" holly rail... It works good you just have to come up with a way to secure the one end of the rail that will be out in the middle of the gable. This is one instance were a parallel guide would come in handy.  I also make a mark on the rail so I drill up from the bottom and down from the top the same number of holes across all the panels.  This way if there is a minor difference the error would be in the same spot and wouldnt cause any issues such as rocky shelves.  Since most of my tall stuff has 4 hinges on the door and the layout break is more in the middle of the panel there's no issue but most hardware would still probably work if you ended up with one set of holes 31.5mm apart worst case scenario.

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Re: LR32 Work Bench Ideas
« Reply #27 on: September 12, 2020, 03:24 PM »
I would suggest checking out the Schmitt 32 System The AM 42 just flew threw some holes for me. Placed the jig on the MFT, attached the base to my OF-1010 and went to town. 187 holes in less than 10 minutes. 11 rows 17 columns.

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