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Offline Jersey_Woodworks

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MFT Fence Extension
« on: October 13, 2021, 10:41 AM »
The MFT fence extends beyond the length of the table past the fence stop. Walking into that is never good. Considering cutting it back closer to the fence stop to ease workflow in a small 2-car garage but wanted to check if there was another option I am missing. Do not believe Festool offers a smaller length fence to prevent this extension.

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Offline jobsworth

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Re: MFT Fence Extension
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2021, 11:11 AM »
Don’t cut the fence

Offline Peter Parfitt

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Re: MFT Fence Extension
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2021, 01:59 PM »
Ron is right, do not cut it.

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Offline Bob D.

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Re: MFT Fence Extension
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2021, 03:22 PM »
I have thought of doing the same after banging into it more than once in my 10' x 18'
basement shop with very little room. That 6 inches hanging out there is a PITA (actually
it's at kidney level for me). I wore a nice bruise for a couple days after hitting it one time.

I had the hacksaw in my hand ready to strike but decided to put it off telling myself I'd
learned my lesson.

Well, guess what. Nope, I'm as dumb (or clumsy) as the first time and banged into it
again a month later.

But I still haven't bobbed the fence. Doesn't mean I don't want to though. :-)

Tell me why I shouldn't please. And I don't care about resale value.
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Offline tsmi243

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Re: MFT Fence Extension
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2021, 05:11 PM »
I say cut it.  Just keep the offcut, and find a way to join it back when you need the capacity for the flag stop.

Offline Peter_C

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Re: MFT Fence Extension
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2021, 05:36 PM »
I have a different kind of fence but mine doesn't extend beyond the table, and I have not had any issues with my fence being too short, mind you I can easily add extensions onto it for flag stops. *shrugs* My MFT fence is about the same length as the Biesemeyer fence on my table saw, which also happens to be about the same length as my Biesemeyer fence on the table saw sled.

Instead carrying a large heavy object I smashed my hip into the saw rail sticking out the front bending the rear mount. Oops! Dashboard can fix it!

Offline Bob D.

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Re: MFT Fence Extension
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2021, 07:32 PM »
I say cut it.  Just keep the offcut, and find a way to join it back when you need the capacity for the flag stop.

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Offline Jersey_Woodworks

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Re: MFT Fence Extension
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2021, 09:23 PM »
I get the extra fence capacity, but why not cut it? Has anyone done this and regret it? It’s kind of like the miter saw fence debate: does your entire miter saw need a fence? Or is just the miter saw fence (where the cut is being made) all that matters? I’m applying that theory here. What is that extra 6-8 inches hanging off the side of the table going to serve other that cuts and bruises to my hips haha. Just looking for options and discussion here around this since I haven’t found a thread covering this “issue”. Cheers!

Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: MFT Fence Extension
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2021, 07:15 AM »
I got rid of the fence. It takes up too much real estate. I use dogs or the UJK fence that uses dogs and has a pretty good stop (I own two UJK’s).
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Offline MaineShop

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Re: MFT Fence Extension
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2021, 12:46 PM »
In case it is not obvious you sometimes need all the length for an angled cut when you have the fence at an angle and you still want to use the fence stop.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: MFT Fence Extension
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2021, 01:03 PM »
In case it is not obvious you sometimes need all the length for an angled cut when you have the fence at an angle and you still want to use the fence stop.

Ok, I understand why one might want to have all that length but I have never needed that 6 inches (no, not THAT 6 inches) since I bought my MFT/3. I don't think I would miss it if I trimmed it off. Situation is different for everyone I understand. But if I bang into that thing one more time it's outta here.  [cool]
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