A little fan mail from Down Under.
Your Multifunction Slab idea has changed my whole approach to my work and my new little company here on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia.
Simple as that. I bought your drawings on-line and found a CNC facility (that was the only tricky part, we’re in the bush down here) and the rest turned out precisely the way you said it would.
I’m delighted. For the first time I can stroll onto a customer’s property, set up my MFS in a couple of minutes and I’m ready to take on a most amazing range of high accuracy carpentry I could only do on my home work bench...and even then not nearly as quickly. Just being able to walk right around the work without having to re-clamp, change lighting and wriggle the timber about, is fantastic.
I wanted some really very stable and solid horses to mount the Slab into and found the drawings for a great, extreme stability horse called the “Shop Dog”. It’s under that name in any Google search. They team up with the MFS like a dream. I used a strip of non slip thin foam mesh material on the top of each Dog support timber and it feels like its bolted together. No exaggeration.
The Dogs are held together with a $4.00 pair of webbing winches. Install them in 20 seconds.
I had my CNC fellow wide cut the bottom of each hole to allow the use of the Festool clamps. I bought a set of Parf bench dogs by Veritas (Lee Valley) designed for the Festool table and now run a Festool HKC55 track, compound mitre saw with the facility.
I’m a carpenter reborn. And you get the credit!
I’ve attached some pictures of the MFS and the Shop Dogs if you doubt me...
Most sincere thanks to you for your ideas and caring support.
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