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Getting a tablesaw #2: Getting a Festool Multifunction table

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Blog entry by nakamaruchi posted 02-19-2008 04:49 PM 5233 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Before a lot of people advised me not to buy a new tablesaw for my small shop.
So I changed my mind to do with my festool TS55 instead of a tablesaw.
But for small work pieces Festool is not so accurate that I can not make the same pieces for my projects.
Then I decided to buy a Festool multi function table or a kit of that.
But in Japan we can not buy Festools because of poor dealer network, and even if I could find some, it would cost more than twice of those in America. For example TS55 costs more than $1500. Mare a circlar saw is more expensive than a cabinet saw in USA !

Furthermore, Festool USA might prohibits dealers to sell their items outside US. So I have no chance to buy them as far as now.

I have been looking for a dealer which can ship to Japan for two weeks ore more. But no dealer received my order.

I already have a dust-extractor CT22 with only one dust bag. I have used that dust bag for more than 2 years because I have been unable to buy a dust bag.

We Japanese amateur woodworker have a lot of trouble if we want to use what ordinary Americans use.
If I were an American or had a friend in America I could buy everything I need.

And escalating price of oil prevent me from coming shopping in the USA by myself. Thesedays traveling to the USA cost me more than $1000.

.................Hopless !

-- Satoru Nakamaru, Japan ---It takes twenty years to make an overnight success. -- And if my English is strange or incorrect, please tell me.



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Thuan

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#1 posted 02-19-2008 05:09 PM

I also use the TS55 in place of a table saw because of space. I know Festool is sold in Australia as well, and they sell stuffs the U.S. will not receive until much later. One piece I’m really interested in is this Compact Modular System t for the TS55. I don’t know what their international shipping policy is, but a ticket to Australia must be cheaper than to the US. I’ll follow your blog.

-- Thuan

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nakamaruchi

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#2 posted 02-19-2008 05:24 PM

Thusan,
Thank you for your rapid reply.
From Tokyo to LA costs only $300 excluding fuel surcharge. Including that it must be added $200 for one way. Incredible !
But your advise inspired me about buying from Australia. I will try it.

-- Satoru Nakamaru, Japan ---It takes twenty years to make an overnight success. -- And if my English is strange or incorrect, please tell me.

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Dan Lyke

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#3 posted 02-19-2008 07:25 PM

We Festoolians (Festooligans?) make a lot of the MFT, but as much as we like to brag about clamping to the rails and using the holes for alignment and all of that stuff, it seems like you could do an awful lot of the same things by building an angle fence, probably out of a strip of good 1/2” ply, putting your rail on some sort of repeatable holder (the way the MFT has the rail on the hinge), and making up a good accurate square out of 1/2” ply to stand in for the MFT.

I think with some 1/2” “baltic birch” or “appleply” or whatever the high quality ply is in your neck of the woods, a bunch of knobs and maybe some T-track, and a few jigs on your workbench you can have the fence/angle function of the MFT, the ability to do thin repeatable rips that the MFT+MFS gives you, and thus most of the sawing abilities.

You won’t have the grid of holes to stuff bench dogs or blocks into, and you won’t have the sides to run the quick clamps in, but it seems like that’ll keep you going for less.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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Ethan Sincox

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#4 posted 02-19-2008 09:12 PM

Hope is what we ask for when we’ve exhausted all other options, Satoru.

You still have other options, my friend.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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nakamaruchi

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#5 posted 02-21-2008 05:04 PM

Dan,
What you suggest always leads me another world. That should be a great advice.
If I can’t get legitimate MFT, I will make a substitution.

Ethan,
Thank you, I will try other ways.

-- Satoru Nakamaru, Japan ---It takes twenty years to make an overnight success. -- And if my English is strange or incorrect, please tell me.

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Dan Lyke

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#6 posted 02-22-2008 01:22 AM

Whoops. I’ll figure out how to use this software… This message erased ‘cause I posted twice.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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Dan Lyke

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#7 posted 02-22-2008 01:25 AM

Oh, a quick correction, when I said that stuff about “making an accurate square”, I meant “stand in for the MFS”, not the MFT.

And, on the subject of the MFS, I’ve actually bought one now, but I built a home-made version, and it comes in handy sometimes. Not as easy to clamp as the actual MFS, but still handy.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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