Making Quick Work of Slabs With Rotex & Cristal

Saturday, July 4, 2009 | Reader Comments | How-To | Reviews | Sanders

Kinloch Woodworking


Doug Mooberry builds incredible American furniture inspired by antiques, but adds his unique Kinloch Woodworking creative touches to every piece. Founded in 1982, Kinloch Woodworking has assembled a massive portfolio full of examples of awe-inspiring woodworking prowess. As stated on their website, "Details Do Matter" and attention to those details is important and what makes the furniture they produced collectable.

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Using the OF 1400 Router and MFS Routing Template For Arc Segments

Saturday, April 4, 2009 | Reader Comments | How-To | Routers

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Application Overview

PDF Download MFS Arc Segment Instructions (PDF)

Circular and arc segments can easily be produced using the MFS routing template and either a Festool OF 1400 or OF 2200 router. This example shows how a round counter top can be produced. The original panel is square with initial outer dimensions of 150 x 150 cm.

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Preparation

For an arc segment, there is no direct center point available as there is for a circle. For this reason, the arc segment must be completely marked off to specify the external center point.

  • Mark a center line on the workpiece.
  • Mark an outer radius on the center line and then the inner radius.
  • Now mark off the desired arc lengths by moving from right to left (to the dashed lines).
  • Fit the MFS according to the instructions. In this case, the extension profile MFS VP 2000 is linked with two short MFS VP 200 or VP 400 profiles.
  • Adjust the copying ring holder so that it can move freely along the entire length of the MFS groove. This is important to ensure that the holder can be moved quickly and precisely. Now slide the copying ring holder into a corner, push the MFS profile together and fix it in place using the fixing screw. Finally, move the copying ring holder in the other corner, tighten the fixing screw on the MFS and check the free movement of the copying ring holder.
  • Insert the centring pin into the innermost groove of the MFS VP 2000 and fix it in place.
  • Mark off the 8 mm hole for the centring pin on the center line of the workpiece.
  • Drill an 8 mm hole in the panel (Fig. 528/06).
  • Clamp the bit in the router (at least 2/3 of the shank must be in the clamping collet).
  • Install the copying ring in the router.
  • Set the maximum routing depth and fix it by using the depth stop.

Tip: The contour of the arc segment can be marked off with the aid of the MFS (see image).

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Setting up the MFS

  • Install the MFS with the centring pin in the hole in the panel.
  • Loosen the copying ring holder, put the router in the copying ring holder and move it to the outer radius marking.
  • Place the cutter on the workpiece surface.
  • Now align the cutting circle to the marking by rotating the cutter by hand. Repeat for the inner radius.
  • Fix the copying ring holder in place by tightening the fastening screw.
  • Attach the extractor unit to the router and secure the extractor hose.

Tip: The workpiece should be supported at 3 or 4 points so that there is no cutting of the MFT itself or the substructure below. This will prevent the workpiece from tipping over on the substructure.

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Procedure

  • Clamp the workpiece to the MFT using the clamps.
  • With the router set at the first routing depth, (for multiplex, max. 5 – 8 mm per pass) plunge cut at the edge of the arc segment.
  • Rout the contour of the arc segment clockwise.
  • Now rout out the arc segment in several steps (more routing depths).
  • After routing the outer radius, as described in "Setting up the MFS", set the inner radius.
  • Rout the inner radius as described.

If it is not possible to rout the segment, part of the arc segment can be sawn with the help of the TS 55 plunge cut saw.

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Sawing procedure:

  • Align the guide rail to the marking and clamp.
  • Set the TS 55 cutting depth using a depth stop.
  • Set the speed to 6.
  • Saw the arc segment at the marking.
  • Repeat on the other side as described.

Note: When plunge cutting, the saw blade must rest on the workpiece. This helps prevent the risk of kickback.

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Joinery Made Easy: Mortise & Tenon Using The DOMINO Joiner

Saturday, April 4, 2009 | Reader Comments | How-To | Joiners | Reviews

Joinery Made Easy

 

ApplicationsIn 2007, Festool released the DOMINO joiner and it has been revolutionizing the way mortise and tenon joinery has been done ever since. The Domino follows our mantra of Faster, Easier, Smarter and offers the best solution to joinery available.

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Jerry Work's Parallel Guide Tutorial

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 | Reader Comments | Guide Rails | How-To | Saws

Jerry Work - Parallel Rip Guide

Jerry Work, a well respected member of the Festool community and author of numerous Festool tutorials, recently was given the opportunity to review the new Parallel Guide Set (Product No. P00108) which launches on March 1st.

Jerry prepared an 11-page pictorial tutorial for the new Parallel Guide Set that we would like to share with you. From what's in the box, to set up, to demonstration and tips, this tutorial is a great resource for anyone considering adding the Parallel Guide to their Festool arsenal. In Jerry's own words, "This tutorial shows how these impressive guides can elevate guided rail cutting to the point that there is little need for a table saw any more".

We encourage you to visit "The Dovetail Joint", Jerry's website, to peruse the numerous other Festool documents and tutorials he has produced.

PDF Jerry Work's Parallel Guide Tutorial (PDF - 5MB)

Preserving A Long History of Wooden Boatbuilding Using Festool

Sunday, January 4, 2009 | Reader Comments | How-To | Reviews

Wooden Boatbuilding with Festool


Established in 1981, Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding ("the Boat School") is a small non-profit school which preserves and teaches the traditional wooden boat construction techniques and methods of master shipwright, Robert Prothero. Bob, as he was known to those close to him, and his brother Frank were born into the thriving boatbuilding industry that centered on Lake Union in Seattle, Washington. They worked through the most innovative decades of wooden boat building; from the 1920's-through, it's decline in the 1960's. As this industry faded, Bob became concerned that the skills and building methods would be lost. He began to teach his craft, eventually becoming the founding Chief Instructor at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding.

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The Evolution of a Writing Desk

Saturday, November 15, 2008 | Reader Comments | How-To | Reviews | Routers

Charles Wilson

A special thank you to Charles Wilson for sharing his Writing Desk project in this edition of SysNotes. While Charles has a rather innovative use of the Domino as a locking mechanism in his desks, the tools he used most during the construction were the Festool 1400 EQ Router and MFS Multi-Routing Template System.

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Creating Large Mortises with the Festool OF 1400 Router

Saturday, October 4, 2008 | Reader Comments | How-To | Reviews | Routers

Eiji Fuller

"I was recently commissioned to build some entry doors in the same style of a set I had previously built for a different client. The original doors' joinery was traditional mortise and tenon. The mortises were cut using a large plunge router,  edge guide, and a jig that trapped the edge guide's fence. The tenons were cut on the router table. While the outcome was acceptable I wanted a simpler set up this time around. I also had more than double the number of doors to build and in a small shop simplifying things is about all you can do to stay efficient.
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Per Swenson & John Lucas Discus Using the Kapex & Miter Fast

Festool Fest

Toolie Tips
by John Lucas, Wood Shop Demos

Two well known members of the Festool community, Per Swenson and John Lucas (http://www.woodshopdemos.com) meet up to swap notes on installing crown moulding and the unique features of the Kapex sliding compound miter saw that make this task easier than ever. John even includes a quick reference guide to help with cutting crown.

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