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Festool stop flag / fence stop DIY - usefull on all T-tracks.

Festool stop flag / fence stops DIY
usefull on all T-tracks.

I got tired of moving my fence stop from the table saw to the MFT3 table and was about to order a fence stop the other day. But…, I decided to try and make one my self instead, why not… It will be fun to try, I got plenty of time, to fool around. Laughs.


It's on the back fence here on my MFT3 table, that I would like to have a stop permanently, so I don't have to get it from the table saw, where I use it most of the time. I have had the MFT3 table for app ten years now and really enjoy this work table, is super cool for many tasks and the clamping makes it brilliant, but the track saw also makes it a gem for repetitive cuts and that's where a stop is needed.


Some hard wood strips are cut, to fit the width of the T-tracks.


Then some ply for the riding piece.


Making a few cuts on the table saw to make a rabbet for the hard wood.


That was easy.
The pencil mark shows how high it need to be, to fit in the T-track.


So it's cut to width.
(I made a few extra, so I have for later projects, now the saw was set).


Thingy riding in the T-track on the fence.


A wee cut out is made in the middle of the hardwood.


Now a hole, to accommodate a bolt, that will lock it to the fence.


Got a new used drill press, it's wonderful, so much more precise and a lot stronger, so I enjoy each hole I make these days.


We got a riding blog, that are screwed on to the fence, with a quick release wing nut. ;-)


Here how it looks on the base.


Another small piece of plywood and two screws.


We now got a simple, no nonsense stop.


Base.


Riding the track, like a horse race horse…


With a MaFe made star knobs… ok it's still just a simple stop, so cool down MaFe. :-D
My knob making jig: https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/409880


Ok, I'll step up a wee bit and try to make a Festool style flag stop, that can flip up and down, this simple one will annoy me on the table I think.
I unscrewed the flag from the Festool fence and used it as a template, less is more. (I can upload a picture if some one need it).


To unscrew the flag, I needed to grind the sides of a spanner.


Other ways impossible to get to the nut.
But this works and I have a custom made spanner, I'll never need again…


Cutting on the band saw.


Drilling a hole, to accommodate a bolt.


Did it mention I love my new drill press… :-D


Riding block of wood and a flag.


Now we just need to put them together.


Marking the position of the hole.


On this one, I offset the hole for the lock down bolt.


Marking up for the hold down bolt.


Saw.


Chisel out.


Time to drill the hole we marked before with the drill bit.


Marking up.


Using a Forstner bit and drilling almost through the block, leaving app a mm.


Bolt with washers on the flag stop.


Since I did not have a fitting length of bolt, I just put the bolt in and found out how much space I needed for the spanner, to be able to get out again.
(I used a Forstner bit that fitted the size on the spanner).


Cut to length.


We have a flag stop!


Flag down, it really works.
Happy monkey here.


Extra pieces in the drawer of Festool nonsense.


A stop can be this simple, a piece of an old ruler.


A bolt and a nut.
(Just another one I tried out).


I kind of like the simple one also.


But this was what I needed and I'm really pleased with the result.


I'll use the wing nut, since it's faster and stays with in the with of the riding block.


Flag up!


Important to have clearance when the flag is up, I sanded of a wee extra on the back, but actually did not need to do that, as you can see.


Here the flag fence is mounted on the table saw fence and so the long leg must be used.
It can flex a tiny bit here, if you push hard against it, but it's so little, that it will be just fine.


Flag up!


Happy I am.
It works perfectly fine.
Mission done.
Smile on my lips.

You can make it of hard wood instead or even in aluminum, if you have a table saw blade for that, I am all pleased with this one, so unless I break it one day, it will be the flag for my work table.

Hope it can be to some inspiration.

Best thoughts,

MaFe
Very clever Mads and I'm loving that drill press.

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Bench dogs for the 20mm holes - reviews, 3d printed, upgrade and ramblings.

Bench dogs for the 20mm holes
reviews, 3d printed, upgrade and ramblings.

I bought some new dogs for my worktable a few weeks back, some 3D printed plastic and some in precision made aluminium and wanted to make a short review and share some thoughts on this.
Nope it was not Chihuahua…
Wrrooouuuffff!
The plastic version was mainly bought to use for fixture of jigs and other stuff to the table and because I was curious to see them. ;-)


Here they are.
Green 3D printed plastic dogs, from a seller called Yumiland on E-bay UK, price 20GBP for all of them, including the low spacers.
Aluminium dogs and extenders, from the Danish tool company https://www.dorchdanola.dk , 44GBP for 4 low dogs, two extenders and two FS track washers that converts the extenders into guide rail dogs.
All dogs are threaded with M8.


Just a closer look, to see the quality.
I screwed the extenders on top of the aluminium dogs here, they can be screwed under also or you can put the nuts you see in the plastic bag and use them to lock a FS track saw track or a Festool fence to the table, for fast and easy removal.
The black dog on the left is one from a workmate type table and the one on right Festools original dogs.


Close-up of a 3D printed dog, quite amazing what can be made today on a printer!


Here some of my early home made fixtures.
20mm aluminium rod with a rubber top.
Jig holder, with plasterboard fixture that goes through the holes.
The most simple one, bolt, washer and wing nut.
The problem with the holds, was they were not centred up with the holes, when I needed that, otherwise they are more than enough.


I'm impressed that you can 3D print this stuff, but not impressed that there were an edge on the top, this made the things you put up against it off centre… Grrrrr, why did they not just do like on the bottom made a little rounding, so the edge would not be a problem…


Ok, it can be fixed easy, just a short piece of 8M rod in the drill press.


A washer and the dog.
Spin it and with sandpaper or a file remove the edge and round it a little.


Like this.


Now we only have the small lines on the sides that stick out a wee, these also have to be filed off, to make sure the dog are flat to the work piece.
Also the part that goes into the bench, otherwise you risk making damage to the holes in the MDF when pulling them out.
So yes a wonderful value for money, but not ready out of the box - I still think the price are so fair, that spending 20 minutes fixing them are well worth it, so I can recommend these.


Here the aluminium dogs, I'm pleased with the quality.
The flat side on the dogs will help you not make marks in the things you put against them, but they can also be the opper side if you bang into the sharp corner… so a matter of taste - with this type you need to make sure they are flat against the workpiece, when using flat side.
The extender can be used in many ways.
(I have a feeling the dogs are a tiny bit too small since they moves almost too easy in the holes… but it's so little that it's almost nothing).


I found a big washer and a M8 finger bolt to match, so I could tighten them down.


This can also be used on the plastic dogs.


Sawing with dogs.
Put the wood on the table against the dogs - a dog with extender on top and one further up the table.


Now the track can be put against the extenders.


Now you will have a perfect 90° cut.
This is fast and functional if you don't have the track mounted on the table or 45° cuts where you position the back extender in the 45° line of the holes.


I quickly found some bigger finger screws, the small were a pain in the some where dark.

That's it, no more ramblings about dogs, big smile.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, wrrrouuuffff.

Best thoughts,

MaFe

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Excellent addition Mads. Do they come in pink? LOL.
 

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Vac hose holder for MFT3, or any work table

Vac hose holder for MFT3
or any work table.

Just a tiny practical project, I actually made while making my systainer router table.
Decided to make a workshop version for my MFT3 worktable, or where ever I want to use it in the workshop, just connect the shop vac, when ever I need suction while working on a project, to avoid chips or dust all over the shop and be kind to my lungs.


At first I just gave it a simple swivel base, using a bench dog to keep it together.


Scrap piece from a vac hose, I found in the trash.


Made a new base with 20mm holes, so it can be held in place easy, by dumping in a long bench dog.


Also the size is a bit bigger, so it gives more stability, when free standing.


A bolt goes up into the bench dog.


Finally it can be clamped down, or up!
If you are working on a project, it can be clamped on any where you need dust removed, while working on it.

Little simple practical thingy, anyone can easily make.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, perhaps less dust.

Best thoughts,

MaFe
That is a great idea and much better than getting the wife to hold the vac hose.
 
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