Make quick work of 32mm panels with this innovative jig.

Saturday, May 1, 2010 | Reader Comments | Routers

Save time hole drilling 32mm panels.

We've featured Brice Burrell, a carpenter in the Pittsburgh area, in previous editions of SysNotes. Brice continues to find creative ways to use his Festool set up to become more efficient. As you may know, the Parallel Guides can be used with the Festool TS plunge saw and guide rail for quick, repeatable cuts. You may also be familiar with Festool's 32mm hole drilling system and LR-32 guide rail. However, recently Brice published an article on his website that showed how to combine the Festool LR 32 system with the Parallel Guides to create a jig for routing 32mm panels. The advantage of his process is that you no longer have to repeatedly align the guide rail to the panel. Panels of equal size simply slide into the jig and you're ready to rout - no clamping or set up required.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010 | Reader Comments | How-To

Gary Katz has created a website that serves as a superb resource for carpenters and other tradespeople. We would like to invite you to check out the ThisIsCarpentry.com website and subscribe for free. Take advantage of the great articles and information available on the site to expand your knowledge and skills.

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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 Gnarly Wood Shoppe: A Douglas Fir Conference Table

Friday, December 4, 2009 | Reader Comments | How-To | Reviews | Saws

A Douglas Fir Conference Table


We had a contest a few months ago and asked for customers to submit stories about how the Festool TS plunge saw and guide rail system helped them to work faster, easier and smarter. Well, Mark Schroeder, proprietor of The Gnarly Wood Shoppe, sent in his story about constructing a massive conference room table from Douglas Fir and walnut.

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The Intellectuals Circle: MIT's Unique Seating Project Using the Domino

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 | Reader Comments | How-To | Joiners

MIT's Intellectuals Circle


We know... just more proof that smart people use Festool! All kidding aside, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently built a rather unique seating structure they call the Intellectuals Circle. The fabrication of the Intellectuals Circle was done by student members from mechanical engineering and architectural programs. The builders of this project chose the Festool Domino for all of the joinery which aided in fast, easy, accurate construction.

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Curved Cabinet Humidor

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 | Reader Comments | How-To | Saws

Humidor Minister


Bill Wyko is a member of the Festool Owners Group forum and creator of some exquisite rare and ancient wood humidors. Bill's signature line on his forum profile says a lot about his philosophy when it comes to tools... "The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the cheap price is forgotten".

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This Is Carpentry: A Free Online Magazine For Pros

Sunday, October 4, 2009 | Reader Comments | General Information

This is Carpentry


Gary Katz, who continues to search out new and innovative ways to educate professionals, has hit another home run with his FREE online magazine named This Is Carpentry. The e-zine is busting at the seams with tips, techniques, reviews and other valuable information in an easy-to-use format.

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Flipping Cool: The Mobile Saw Table by Marte Yerkins

Friday, September 4, 2009 | Reader Comments | How-To | Saws

Mobile Saw Table

 

A special thanks to Marte Yerkins for sharing his project for building a mobile saw table which can be folded for storage. At the bottom of this article, you will have the opportunity to download complete project plans and instructions. Here's what Marte had to say...

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