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    Make Festool MFT worktable yourself

    What do you need?

    Intro

    Most people know Festool because of its high-quality tools, so the innovative plunge saw of many construction sites is indispensable. Less well known is the multifunctional work table developed by Festool called the MFT, which in turn stands for "Multifunction table". This table is not only a clamping aid but also a precision tool, because the receiving holes are machined with precision of 20 millimeters and are perfectly perpendicular to each other. A large variety of operations can hereby be carried out very accurately. A great solution from Festool, but for some the price can be quite a disappointment, especially if you have to replace the MDF worktop often. In addition, it may also be the case that you want to deviate from the dimensions that Festool offers, or that you want to use other materials, for example. In such cases it may be interesting to look at the 247wood MFT milling jig. With this milling mold you can install the required precise hole pattern to your heart's content!

    Step 1

    In this example we maintain the MFT3 dimensions. As previously reported, the MFT table is a precision tool, because the 20 millimeter holes have been precisely machined and have an exact relationship with each other. The holes are in a perpendicular grid with a 96 millimeter distribution, both horizontally and vertically. Because the 247wood MFT milling mold itself is very precisely machined, we can adopt its precision as it was on our new worktop. However, we will still have to be very precise in order to achieve a decent result. In this example we start in the lower left corner of the MDF board with the dimensions equal to the original MFT3 worktop. Make sure that the stop lips lie neatly against the plate.

    Step 2

    To achieve a good result, it is very important that the MFT plate does not shift during processing. In our example, the MFT plate is clamped with a glue clamp. Optionally, you can also choose to fix the milling jig with a number of screws, which guarantees excellent holding power.

    Step 3

    Now the first four 20-millimeter bench dog holes can be milled. Try to exert as little force as possible on the MFT plate.

    Step 4

    After milling the first four holes, it is a good time to check the fit of these. You can use one of the two BenchDogs supplied for this. All the 247wood Bench Dogs have a 19.9 millimeter handle, which has a nice transition fit on the 20 millimeter holes. If the fit is not satisfactory then it is very likely that the copy ring is not aligned with the router spindle. You can use this explanation to remedy this. See the link

    Step 5

    The MFT plate can now be moved one row further up, whereby we fix it with the included BenchDogs. It is normal for the dogs to be somewhat tight in the milling mold, to minimize play on the whole.

    Step 6

    After completing a first vertical row of 20 mm holes, you can rotate the mold 90 degrees and continue the pattern.