Shop Upgrades #1: MFT 3 Powertool Workbench

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Blog entry by MatthewTruax posted 02-05-2018 04:57 PM 1211 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi all!

I’ve been designing this workbench in my head for quite some time. Over this past weekend, I was able to finish milling the frame/structure of the workbench and complete the glue up. I used the Domino XL 700 and installed twin tenons (loose tenons) in all joints of the frame. I know some of you will be astonished that I’m using this walnut for a workbench, but if you look at my completed projects, you will see that this will match my Roubo workbench and lets be honest.. we all like our work spaces to look nice if we can afford the time and materials to do so.

I then traced out the opening on the top to some red oak 3/4” plywood and cut that out with my TS75 tracksaw. The next step was to adjust the height of the top into the opening and secure positive stops on the frame and secure a piano hinge to the back side. The idea being that the top will hinge open on gas struts (with the MFT 3) mounted on it and I will have access to the power tools mounted inside. If you don’t quite follow me, stay tuned in and over the next couple of weeks, you will see my vision realized.

Feel free to leave comments or questions.



-- "I only do what the voices in my wife's head tell her to tell me to do."

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#1 posted 02-06-2018 08:16 PM

Looks very good, should be a great addition to your shop.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 02-06-2018 08:43 PM

Thanks Mike,

Stay tuned. I should have another update on Monday with some pretty neat upgrades.



-- "I only do what the voices in my wife's head tell her to tell me to do."

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#3 posted 02-10-2018 08:06 PM

Wow, looks great well done, very useful bench

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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