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Houtje

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1461 days ago

Hi,
Does anybody has results of working with this Multi-function table of Festool.
I’m an owner of serveral tools of festool and wanted to use them with this table.
I like to here or see your experience and meaby you made great jigs for it, show me.
Thanks

Houtje


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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 1461 days ago

Houtje,

Here is the link to the Fetool owners group. You will find all kinds of info.

http://festoolownersgroup.com/

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 1460 days ago

FWIW – I use a Festool plunge saw on a regular basis. I have looked hard at their multi function table but I cannot cost justify the purchase. I use a piece of MDF on top of my workbench and it works fine. Of course, I don’t have all the measuring and clamping options of the MFT, but for my work I don’t need them.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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mafe

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#3 posted 1460 days ago

I have it! And I love it.
It’s not the same as a workbench, it’s a worktable and for this it’s brilliant.
So if you are a old fashion woodworker, with the pipe in your mouth, and a sharp old plane, only working in full scale timber, and paint wit tar – forget it!
It’s way to light to be a old fashion workbench, but you can make it really stabile by adding some waight under it (I made a shelf, and use it for storage), in this way you can use it, and fine for all the ‘old fashion’ woodworking.
It’s really a multi task table, it’s not just good, but brilliant for all kinds of clamping up.
And the saw guide system with a ts55saw, are just so f…... brilliant, easy and fast.
I made some clamp systems, and guides, that I can show you if you choose to buy one.
The only negative thing I can say are that all the original clamps and so, at least doubble the price before you are done, but it’s well worth the money in effectivity.
Ok – and one more thing, it’s so dam well made, so just to work with it are a real pleasure.
http://www.talkfestool.com/vb/
I love my MFT table, so simple is that.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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mafe

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#4 posted 1460 days ago

Feel free to ask all you want.
Buy the MFT3 not the old 1080 version!
festool mft3 / 1080

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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mafe

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#5 posted 1460 days ago

Since you are in Holland, check E-bay Germany, the prices are really good.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 1460 days ago

Hmmm. in the Festool MFT3 video, the only operation they show, other than sanding a circular piece of plywood, is an angular cutting operation on a square piece of stock…with the circular sawblade scoring into the machined top of the MFT. Makes me not want to own one, if that’s considered acceptable misuse of shop equipment! A nice Father’s Day gift for a gadget-happy Dad….but I’d rather a laminated MDF slab and toss it for a new one whenever necessary. Mafe: If insulting old-school woodworkers is how best to promote a new product….Why?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Domer

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#7 posted 1460 days ago

I bought the older version on close out. I wish I had bought two.

It is a very handy tool for clamping and assembling. I also use it to cut off larger and longer pieces. You can use the track for your router.

It is not heavy enough without adding weight to hand plane but other than that it is a great tool.

Domer

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Houtje

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#8 posted 1460 days ago

Hi everybody,
Thanks for your reactions

I saw one for sale for 250 euro’s on Marktplaats it’s a dutch e-bay.
Wrote the owner and he will reseved it for me, I think it will be a good investment for this price.
The man who is selling it is and carpenture who is retired.
I go this week to look at it and see how the condition is.

Thanks

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mafe

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#9 posted 1460 days ago

Hi,
poopiekat: I’m not insulting oldschool woodworkers at all. Sorry if I got miss understood.
The idea to cut into the MDF top, is to have no tearout, but this is only possible because you use the fence with the saw, this means that you make a zero clearence track in the table top, and only have this one cut in the top, also on the other side, the fence are fittet with a little lip, that works as zero clearence, and the result are that you get perfect cuts, with abbsolutly no tearout.
Then you have a extremely vercitile number of possibilities to clamp on this table, wich are not at all possible on a oldstyle bench, so to work with board materials are really like to cut in butter, I do not think there are any match on the market, so I will not be able to compare.
I laugh with a big smile at your outburst, since Í have the nick name vintage architect, I always wear hat, I smoke pibe, and drink wiskey, and have a strong addiction to vintage tools… ohhh yes and have a traditional workbench also, did I say a crazy handplane collection I think arround 50.
But since my workshop are two small, I have only room for one workbench, and the choice was easy for me.
I’m not trying to sell anything, I try to give advice to a buddy. I payed my own MFT3, and found it extremely expensive, and my wife to be would never be able to efford to give me tools like this. I do have a CMS system, and a tablesaw though, that was given to me from my X girlfriend, but she was ritch.
Festool are made for the site workers originally, tools to bring in your car, but the MFT3 table are just as usefull in the shop. For the tablesaw CMS, I would prefare a ‘real’tablesaw, one on a heavy base and with a big feeding area no doubt, but it was a gift, and I like it a lot also, but most because of the German precission, and ingienering, that impress me as a architect who loves details.
I can see domer say the same about the MFT, but try to look at youtube if you are still interested.
And just to finish the discussion, about me insulting people, I’m really sorry if anyone took it like this, it was never my intention, I’m the biggest fan of old scool woodworking and woodworkers, and if I had the room, I would build me a big wonderfull oldschool workbench to do all the ‘real’ woodworking, I allready bought the oldschool holdfast handforged clamps, about a hundred years old from France, and I’m lookinh for a oldshool wise (I’m going to make me a French inspired workbench (etabli), but I will with no doubt fill it up with holes for my MFT gear).
Best thoughts,
MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 1460 days ago

A new will be about 650 euro, so yes it sounds fair.
Just check the difference in the rail systems, so you don’t expect something it can not.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 1460 days ago

Ok. Mafe, thx for the clarification. It looked like you took a swipe at ‘richgreer’ who found this table impractical.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Dan Lyke

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#12 posted 1460 days ago

Second (third?) the recommendation for the Festool Owner's Group and talkFestool.

I have the older MFT 1080. Like Mad, I’d suggest the MFT3 because I believe it solves the big issue with the MFT 1080: Keeping the fence straight to the rail. With the MFT1080, you need a good metal speed square, and you need to use it often. As to what you can make with it? Well…

The miters on these kitchen cabinet doors were cut on a 1080 (yes, I do owe folks some close-up shots). All the angled cuts on this 12 sided plate frame were done on a 1080.

My rips are done on this rip jig (apologies for the picture quality, I just moved my web site management software and missed that those look so ugly). My router table hangs off the side of my MFT, which I actually don't recommend, at least in my current set-up, but might be useful to look at for the note that 1/2" threaded rod joiners fit exactly in those metric holes.

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

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Kent Shepherd

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#13 posted 1460 days ago

I have the 1080 and love it, but, it is not my only workbench. If I’m using handtools, particularly hand planes, I prefer my regular bench. I t is heavier, therefore more stable. If I had to chose one bench, it would have to be a traditional wooden workbench with vises.

If you have the Festool plunge saw, I would highly recommend it, or the newer MFT 3. The guide is great, as well as the different clamps available. I use my a lot and would hate to give it up. It is also portable—a plus for the job site. I like it for sanding too. Some of their clamps are excellent for that.

I designed these clamps for use on my MFT.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/30412

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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Chris

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#14 posted 1460 days ago

Have you seen the replacement top for the MFT/3 that has a cut out for a router table insert?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Dan Lyke

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#15 posted 1460 days ago

Oooh, Chris, thanks. Can’t justify the price right now (nor do I have the MFT3 yet), but… I’ve considered putting my router in the top of the table, but didn’t want to get in the way of all that through-hole clamping goodness and, as important, thought that hanging my big ol’ PC7518 in the Jessem lift might cause sagging.

On the alignment error I mentioned: The best theory I’ve seen is that the clip that holds the rail on the non-hinged side can move back and forth a little bit when you adjust the rail height.

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

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