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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-25-2019, 01:56 AM
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Originally Posted by DesertRatTom View Post
Not having any Festool gear (unconvinced it's that much better), I have no idea what this post is about. It's like reading about attaching the dumoflauge to the freemembrils, using gringle bolts and a fuddodle flamde.

What the hell are you guys talking about?

Tom, a Festool MFT is a obscenely expensive "portable" (it's pretty heavy) work station. MFT= Multifunction Table. It has an MDF top with a grid of 20mm holes. It is optimized for use with with Festool's track saw. The holes are used with various brands of bench dogs, and Festool clamping elements that clamp horizontally. The clamps are way too expensive, but are very handy. Festool also makes some L-shaped clamps that insert in the holes and allow for vertical clamping. Anyway, people who are familiar with the table and appreciate its function copy the top design and make various sized tops to suit their needs. If you are familiar with the Ron Paulk's workbench (the Paulk workbench), it also uses a grid of holes like the MFT. I've attached a picture of the MFT, so you can get a visual on what's being discussed. I've also attached a pic of two types of Parf dogs used with the table.

Whether Festool is worth it depends upon the work you are doing and your budget. You can't beat a track saw for breaking down plywood. I have a 3000mm length of track that will allow me to cut the full 8' length of plywood or MDF. Their plunge router is great, but is worth the premium? For most, probably not. However, for use with the track saw track, it's great. The Festool Domino and Domino XL are great for casework and joining boards. They cut slots for loose tenons in a variety of sizes.

Hope this helps make sense of it all

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I still have a lot work to finish the 2 roll arounds. Make drawers for the one. The other needs 2 doors and face frame. Need backs on both.
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