Fast set-up and break-down of material cutting area.
A contractor who uses Festool recently did some repair of cedar siding for a customer's 5,000 square foot vaction home in Southampton, NY.
Small, patchwork areas of damaged cedar siding needed to be replaced in numerous locations. This was accomplished more quickly & accurately because they didn’t have to move a cumbersome table saw around the perimeter of the house. Instead, the Festool TS 55 was used to cut/install siding onsite in narrow spaces. New siding was easily measured, cut, and install in individual sections to line up precisely with the original (which is stained grey in the photo) cedar siding.
The Kapex is equipped with MMC electronics and features variable speed. Have you ever wondered why and when you might use that?
Well, recently we had a customer who was cutting Ipe and was having difficulty achieving a square cut and asked for some assistance. Ipe being a rather dense material and not the easiest thing to machine in the world. It's also called Brazilian Walnut and is commonly used in decking and on boats. It can also be used in exterior-use furniture. It is an extremely durable wood that is difficult to machine, but provides a long, virtually maintenance-free life. If you ever travel to Atlantic City, their entire boardwalk is made of Ipe.
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.
Routing mortises for locks the easy way.
View a video of the Festool Plexiglas template routing aid on YouTube.
We 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.
Router outrigger support.
We 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.
Use 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.
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.
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.
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".