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Festool MFT 1080 as Tablesaw Outfeed

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Blog entry by mot posted 05-16-2007 04:24 AM 10026 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Folks,

I did a little podcast on how I use the Festool MFT1080 as my tablesaw outfeed. After watching the video, I think I have more questions than I answered, but if you want to see something specific, drop me a line.

I hope to do some more podcasts on some of my setup and how I do things. I’m not a professional woodworker, so don’t expect David Marks. However, it might just be the way you do things in your basement shop.

Cheers!

...here’s the link to my tools blog:

http://kandt-tools.blogspot.com/

Thanks!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)



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#1 posted 05-16-2007 05:59 AM

Even David Marks started somewhere…He was in Franklin a week ago. I couldn’t afford the class he was teaching. Anyway you did well. It was very informing. Thanks.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#2 posted 05-16-2007 06:02 AM

Mot, I use my MFT for an outfeed, but I just raise the guide rail to the height of the table saw. I use this particular saw mostly for ripping sticks

mft as outfeed

-- John

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#3 posted 05-16-2007 06:04 AM

That’s a good idea, woodspar. With my shop layout, I just don’t have, literally, the inches neccessary to have the table 4 inches away from the saw. If I do that, I can’t swing my bowl gouge past the table when turning. It’s a small shop jam packed with tools. I like your idea though. I hope to someday have some more space. I doubt it unless I build a fress standing shop in the back yard. Probably not going to happen.

Cheers!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 05-16-2007 06:20 AM

Well, at least you can probably work in your shop in the winter. I move my band saw and drill press, MFT, (everything but the two table saws and the chop saw) into the basement during the winter. It’s too cold in the garage six months out of the year. I use the MFT for many things, a stand for my tiny router table, for example.

I watched your video and one thing did occur to me – are you able to rest stock all the way across your table saw as an extension of the 1080 when you are using the ts55? That seemed to make sense to me as a good set up.

I liked your shop tour video comment about running up to the garage from the basement to cut sheet goods down to size. I have done that. I usually use one of those insulating panels (the pink stuff) on the floor of the garage under my sheet goods and then lay down the guide rail and then rip away.

-- John

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#5 posted 05-16-2007 10:04 AM

Mot -

Very interesting! I enjoyed the tour of your shop, as well as, your podcast on the MFT. Festool sure looks attractive. I am doing everything I can to keep dust to a minimum since I have to share my space with the family. The dust extraction on the Festool products looks awesome! Excellent idea to use the MFT as an outfeed table. I got a lot of ideas from you – hop you don’t mind me using them!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#6 posted 05-16-2007 12:34 PM

boy, that sure looked easy!!
Thank you for taking the time to create a video and share with us

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#7 posted 05-16-2007 03:34 PM

woodspar, I used the sheet foam idea for a little while, but have since changed to a fold up cutting table from an idea I got from fine woodworking. Here’s a picture of it…

Cutting Table

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 05-16-2007 05:20 PM

Gee that almost looks like meranti ply in the pix, but is probably cherry. I hope topside looks better. :-)

Is the top sacrificial or are you just really good with the depth adjustment. :-) Hey – did you put the screw (that Festool mentions but does not supply) into the depth setting lever? I need to do that.

David, the MFT is pretty expensivel; I definitely would not get one just for an outfeed table. Mot’s got it set up pretty well so he can use the guilde rail perpendicularly to his table saw.

-- John

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#9 posted 05-16-2007 06:11 PM

Hey woodspar,

The top is sacrificial. I just cut into it about 1/16th or so with each cut. Mine is pretty chewed up now, but not worth replacing yet. I do have one cut where I didn’t set the depth after I cut a 2/4. It’s a tad deep and may contribute to the ultimate demise of this current version, but it works so well, I’ll just build another. They build in about 15 minutes. And I didn’t put the screw into the depth setting lever…nope.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 05-17-2007 01:09 AM

John -

Thanks! I think I would likely use the MFT for its intended purpose. I have a large flat table that I use for an outfeed surface when needed. I did admire the space optimizing tricks in Mot’s shop. Keep this stuff coming guys – I have lots to learn!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#11 posted 05-19-2007 04:29 PM

I like that fold-up table idea! I’ll be sharing that tip with Rick, for sure

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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