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Offline mattbyington

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Bought a third MFT/3
« on: March 16, 2019, 01:18 AM »
I was really tired of the limited rip capacity on the MFT.

So I wanted to turn it 90 degrees to increase that.

The LS positioner can’t really be used in the gap between the tables. Oh well.

But - more space !

Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2019, 07:45 AM »
Superb!  [thumbs up]

Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2019, 09:52 AM »
I use that MW1000 extension on my MFT/3 and it leaves room for stuff you want to clamp on the MFT-side where it goes. Moving it around is easy. IMO this is an excellent and fairly cheap solution for anybody who needs more real estate on/around the MFT.
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Offline mattbyington

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2019, 10:19 AM »
Anyone have any tips for the LS positioner not sliding down/off the table when positioned right over the gap?

I wonder if I can remove the extrusions where the tables meet so it’s a solid surface?

Maybe I’ll plane some MDF down to stick in there.

Matt

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2019, 11:09 AM »
I knew you'd get a third one hehehehehe . Im thinking about getting another Kapex MFT to go along with my 3 MFT3s and Kapex MFT..

Offline Bvps

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2019, 11:56 AM »
Hallo Matt
My solution

or any other L-shaped solution

Hope this helps

Bernd

Offline elfick

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2019, 12:00 PM »
Anyone have any tips for the LS positioner not sliding down/off the table when positioned right over the gap?

I wonder if I can remove the extrusions where the tables meet so it’s a solid surface?

Maybe I’ll plane some MDF down to stick in there.

Matt
Have you considered making a fixture to mount the positioner to the aluminum profile off to the side of the table instead of the top? I think I've seen one on here before. That would let you pretty much use the whole table and avoid the gap all together.

Offline Gregor

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2019, 01:20 PM »
I wonder if I can remove the extrusions where the tables meet so it’s a solid surface?
You don't want to do that, they hold the MFT together.

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Maybe I’ll plane some MDF down to stick in there.
This.

You could also use a wider strip (over a certain distance add some supports along below so it won't bow), just add a triangle strip (that fits into the v-grove) and a small lever (to clamp it to the MFTs, similar to how the protractor bases work) on both ends.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2019, 02:49 PM »

You could replace it with a flat bar, but probably not allowed to discuss it here as it involves a modification to the Festool product.

The new extension tables are an inexpensive solution to expanding the MFT.

Pretty sure the restriction only applies to power tools.

Offline mattbyington

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2019, 09:23 PM »
Everyone thank you so so much for the replies!!!

@jobsworth you know me well by now ;)

@Bvps BEAUTIFUL I love it and I can't believe I didn't think of that. Thank you!! I am going to do just that!

PS if anyone is in the market for a 25" LS positioner... I treat my stuff very, very well. I want to upgrade to the 32 ;)

http://festoolownersgroup.com/classifieds/possible-ls-positioner-25-for-sale/

Matt

Offline tallgrass

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2019, 03:56 AM »
1 thing to remember is that the rails may align the wood and the therefore the hole pattern will not. I have may of these tables and the smaller ones as well and have them on wheels so they can be moved around as needed. This is how I figured out that the wood table top is not a precision fit to the aluminum top. I use a long piece of 80/20 as an alignment tool. I register the the table tops and then secure them to the frames and then align the frames. Just a thought.

Offline mattbyington

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2019, 01:00 AM »
Thank you @tallgrass makes perfect sense!!

Matt

Offline tallgrass

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2019, 01:43 AM »
oops. I mean, I align the mdf tops to the aluminium frames, after the aluminium frames are aligned. I have also market a registration mark in one corner, that allows me to know the relative alignment of the tops and the aluminium frames. it is a time saver. So I can quickly join them together. I press the mdf top so that the upper left part of the mdf is in total contact with the upper left corner of the aluminium frame. I then mark that corner as the "index" . this works well as long as the table configuration supports the desired configuration. Otherwise manual alignment may be necessary. Horse is now beaten. :)

Offline mattbyington

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2019, 11:43 AM »
Hahaha thanks man.

Here's my plan based on your earlier comment:

Loosen the 4 screws holding each MDF top to the aluminum frame for the 3 MFTs.

Align the holes (maybe using a guide rail, or the aluminum fence etc.

Then carefully tighten the 4 screws on each MFT.

Although right now, everything is square. So maybe I just won't mess with it too much.

Matt

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2019, 12:11 PM »
Welcome to the 3 MFT/3 club. I think that's what Festool really meant when they came up with the name. . .you're supposed to buy 3 of them.

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Re: Bought a third MFT/3
« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2019, 12:48 PM »
Welcome to the 3 MFT/3 club. I think that's what Festool really meant when they came up with the name. . .you're supposed to buy 3 of them.



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