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Old 12-30-2014, 09:36 AM   #1
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I'm looking for a portable work bench for prepping newel posts and railings, drilling and routing interior doors for hinges and door knobs, and other on-site work. I've considered a Festool portable table but they are very expensive and reviews say they are wobbly without the stabilizers. Anyone have suggestions on a suitable product, or comment on the Festool table?
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Old 12-30-2014, 01:07 PM   #2
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Have you seen this?
http://rousseauco.com/door-bench-model-1500/

Or for the do it yourself route:
http://www.garymkatz.com/ChartsDrawings/door_bench.html

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i just got the plans for this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnNi6Tpp-ac
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Old 12-30-2014, 04:35 PM   #4
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What a great job he did on this set up. It brought him a lot of attention too.
I thought of doing it but couldnt think of a way to make the smaller DW745 saw work.
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Here's my take. It's only 40x72. Portable work bench-imageuploadedbycontractortalk1419980098.332278.jpg
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this does not answer all your desires but on the cheaper end .consider an old solid core door .toss it on horses . you can add track or clamps .https://www.kregtool.com/store/c34/c...g-accessories/ .kreg has track that can be morticed in and clamp pads .Something like this has done me well for preassembling trim for doors and windows . I do have the festool table which has it's place but one thing I figured out from it .I can use a solid core door and drill holes any place depending on need .3/4" hole and use there clamps or heck 2" hole and use the clamp you have . Just a thought
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I plan on getting a cnc company to do this one for me. Eventually.
http://www.multifunctionslab.com
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I have built my own paulk workbench as was shown above and also own a festool mft3.

The paulk bench is very nice but not worth moving around unless you're going to be on a job for a decent chunk of time IMO. Its just to big and bulky. I have mortised door hinges with it and it works great. I would just use the festool clamps and fasten it through the side holes. My paulk bench has never left my garage.

I have found the mft3 to be surprisingly NOT useful. This is probably just me but considering what it cost me it hasn't justified itself yet at all. It is very cool, and there are tons of situations where it would work awesome, I just have encountered any of those yet.

I think the mft3 would be plenty solid for what you are doing without the stabilizers, I think the problem is that you'll find its to small.
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a small fleet of MFT3s would be great. I bought a used mft3 and used mft1080 that don't sit at the same height !

Some custom size of the Paulk bench is best just for the fact that you can put the tools and gear underneath the work surface and keep the top clean. That alone makes it totally worth it. The key is to imagine what tools you'll be using on it and make sure the common ones will fit in the space below.
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love the multifunctional slab .
agree with poster regarding festool table that for the money it is not as useful as i would of hoped .though i have had 10yrs and it has been useful enough .
i have tried to design/build the perfect table .now i have several .seems my needs change .
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i just got the plans for this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnNi6Tpp-ac
I built this last June & it was well worth the time. It's fantastic for trim jobs.
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I use this. I had a 4x4 mft style top made for it. Breaks down quick, is lightweight but can handle a bunch of weight.
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I use my mft/3 for mortising doors and boring for lock sets. One clamp on the side rail and a foot at the opposite bottom side to keep the door off the ground.

I use it at least two times a week, but I never use the stupid fence or rail set up.

I do a lot of sanding, finishing, assembly, routing, jigsawing, etc. on it.
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Here's my take. It's only 40x72. Attachment 126010
Nick that size is all you need! Is that the dw745? Looks like you rigged some eye hooks, must have been rough aligning it with the top.
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I also made a shelf for my Dewalt TS so I can use it as an outfeed as well.
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I've used both larger and smaller work stations and right now I'm digging my mft kapex. I'm looking to supplement it with a full size mft in the near future. It is portable and sturdy enough for everything I've thrown at it including routing dados in the bottom of 9' solid walnut doors. I actually spent nearly 3 weeks working on those doors on that stand.
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Nick that size is all you need! Is that the dw745? Looks like you rigged some eye hooks, must have been rough aligning it with the top.

Yes it is, it's the only way I could come up with without extra pieces. That's 3/4 emt which runs inside some pine 1x. I believe I just measured to the top and fastened the pine blocks to the ply where it needed to be. Works great for me, very stable. I am all about trying to make transport in the van the most efficient I can.

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