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.
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.
Time to drill the hole we marked before with the drill bit.
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.
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.
Happy I am.
It works perfectly fine.
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.