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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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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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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MacGregor Building & Remodeling

Saturday, July 4, 2009 | Reader Comments | Guide Rails | How-To | Reviews | Saws

TS Success Stories


In June, we asked SysNotes subscribers to provide us with testimonials about their experiences with the Festool TS plunge cut saw and guide rail system. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the contest and submitted a TS Success Story. It's always a pleasure for us to hear about how Festool is making a positive influence on your quality of workmanship, ease of use and profitability.

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Women In Woodworking

Thursday, June 4, 2009 | Reader Comments | How-To | Reviews

Not Just For Men

 

We recently met with Rue Ann Flanders, President of the Women's Woodworking Guild of Indiana (WWGI), to talk about the emerging role of women in woodworking. WWGI consists of a group of women in the central Indiana area who share an interest in working with wood in various capacities. They share skills within their group and seek to learn new skills from sources outside of the group. The guild has been involved in many community programs including Habitat for Humanity, art displays at the Indiana Art Center, participation in the Indiana Woodworking Show and more. WWGI can certainly serve as a model in other communities where women seek to find peers with whom to share their passion for woodworking.

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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

Applications

 

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).

Applications

Applications

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.

Applications

Applications

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.

Applications

 

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)