Routers that you may not know you need

Thursday, February 4, 2010 | Reader Comments | Routers

MFK 700: One motor. Two bases. Many reasons to add it to your arsenal.

View a video of the Festool MFK 700 router on YouTube.

The MFK 700 router is often overlooked in Festool's router line up because of its small size, but it's quickly becoming the cabinetmaker's router of choice. This router is outfitted with a powerful 720 watt motor and offers unique solutions with its modular horizontal and vertical bases. Of course, incredible dust extraction comes standard on all Festool power tools.

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Robert Slack discovers the Plexiglas template routing aid

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 | Reader Comments | Routers | Reviews | How-To

Routing mortises for locks the easy way.

View a video of the Festool Plexiglas template routing aid on YouTube.

Gaucho WoodworkingWe received an email and some photographs of a project from carpenter Robert Slack of Gaucho Woodworking. He was in the process of installing mortise locks into doors and was struggling to find an easy way to accomplish the task. Fortunately, he got in touch with us as we had the perfect solution: the Plexiglas template routing aid (495 246). This accessory is perfectly suited for any application where you need to position the router (center or otherwise) on narrow stock. This is just one of a myriad of Festool router accessories designed specifically to make the most difficult tasks simple.

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Why professionals rely on Festool

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 | Reader Comments | Routers | Reviews

Consistently delivering exceptional results.

You know that saying... There's the hard way and there's the easy way. Well, we'd like to think Festool is synonymous with "the easy way". And, if you make you're living running power tools all day long, the easy way means more profit.

While Festool is the brand of choice for professionals throughout Europe and other parts of the world, we're still relatively new to the scene in North America. However, it hasn't taken long for trade magazines, professionals and ambitious do-it-yourselfers alike to discover why Festool is different. It's all about consistently delivering exceptional results.

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Cool Festool router techniques you've probably never considered

Monday, February 1, 2010 | Reader Comments | Routers | How-To

Router outrigger support.

Router tricksWe talk a lot about how Festool designs its products to integrate as a system. Well, these two router tips are the result of having components that work as a system. Because it is a system, accessories and tools can be combined in creative ways that most people have never thought about.

First, to give credit where credit's due, a Festool Owners Group member, James Watriss, posted this on the forum last year. The post recently attracted some new interest by members and we thought we would share this with you.

Using the rods supplied with OF 1400 router, you can use the guide rail adapter as a outrigger support. The handle provides a convenient place to apply lateral and vertical pressure while routing. Give it a try!

 

An alternative to the Plexiglas template routing aid.

Router tricksUse rods for the OF 1400 and OF 2200 routers along with two parallel edge guides to create an alternative to the template routing aid (as featured above). Since our routers feature center line marks on the router base, simply scribe a center line on the material and align the center line mark for perfect results. Need additional fence height for more stability? Well, you can replace the fence surfaces on the parallel edge guide with taller material very easily for additional support with the removable screws.

The DIY Network's Cool Tools crew visits us at IBS 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010 | Reader Comments | Festool Events

Chris Grundy and gang stop by to check out the OF 2200 Router.

The crew of DIY Network's show, Cool Tools, caught up with us in Las Vegas at the International Builders Show 2010. Chris Grundy, the host of Cool Tools, shows viewers innovative and sometimes unusual tools. If you're a tool fanatic, then this show is for you! Cool Tools has recognized the quality, innovation and solutions provided by the Festool line of power tools. Since it's introduction, the show has featured nearly the entire line of Festool products.

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