Shop Upgrades #2: MFT 3 Powertool Workbench

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Blog entry by MatthewTruax posted 04-10-2018 01:35 PM 911 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I have made some progress on the Powertool Workbench. I was lucky enough to score a Woodpeckers Router Table and mounted it flush with the MFT top.

As you can see in the attached photos, the top is now extremely heavy and after I took these pictures, I made it a point to revisit the positive stop as it seemed too small for the task. After I took these photos, I heard a loud bang and found that the stop had failed and my gas struts were overextended and ruined. So, like most of you have probably done, I removed the stuff that had failed, closed the top, and left the shop for the weekend. There are now some cracks on the back rear supports as the rail that the top hinges on had been torqued and flexed considerably.

I’m looking at maybe incorporating some steel to the frame (even though I didn’t want to) to beef it up. I’m still trying to figure out how to design a new positive stop for the top. I’ve got a few designs bouncing around in my head.

I’ve also spent some time organizing some of the accessories for the router table.

Once I get a chance to fix the design issues, some of the things that I have left to do are some raised panel doors for the front, cord management throughout the bench, dust collection to the tools, and continued accessory organization. My hope is that I have a wonderful powertool workbench that will enable me to operate in a smaller footprint, that looks good, and works great for years to come.

Please let me know what you think.

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

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