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Old 02-12-2018, 07:21 PM
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The best solution for always square cuts, for me, is a combination of MFT type MDF plate and EZSmart guide rail. I just needed to make 2 adapters to attach rail dogs to the guide rail. I'm very happy with this system and glad to share it with EZSmart. Cuts are always square Verifications and adjustments are not required.

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Old 02-12-2018, 09:46 PM
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Similar to what I'm doing. With little work, the B-300 can be adapted to this set-up by using dogs on the Y-Y axis to square the track to the X-X axis. Mount the brackets using the SME extrusion on the apron and use two dogs, one front and back, to set the position of the brackets so that the track is perpendicular to the X axis. In use, it's quick and easy to drop the dogs back into the holes and check that the track is still perpendicular. This give you the ability to set up a fence that's always perpendicular to the track. As an added benefit, you can put the fence dogs on a diagonal and cut accurate 45 miters.
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:32 AM
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Thanks for the posts guys.

The ez-1 and all ez tables are going to a similar way with solid drop in modules and the dual t-track. that will give us better squaring without the sliding fences.

The sliding fences are going to be optional and they can be permanent
screwed in place after talking to most experience users.
If they need the benefits of the sliding fences...use them.
If not, screw them in place.

what we need is the top to be one piece with the frame.
this way we avoid bad alignements due to bad floors and multiple parts.

We must keep in mind that only the relation of the track and stops/fences
must be square. Not the entire table frame or corners or floors.

Here we have a new extrusion mabe The SME with a LIP.
the name stuck.
we can simply screw the top to the lip and have the frame with the top
always square, I don't see the need for the holes in the top but we can offer
a top similar to any machine shop jig with holes that is similar to Festool.

The above are good for table setups.
For portable setups...a very simple ez idea will guarantee the accuracy,
stability and safety from dropping the tools and the heavy handed users.
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Old 02-13-2018, 12:09 PM
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That sounds good. I'd looked at the EZ1 a while back and passed on it for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it didn't seem to be slanted to the way that I would use it close to 100% of the time. I first rip the plywood sheet to width (UEG) and then cross-cut to give me finished panel size, and the EZ1 didn't seem, at least from what I saw on your site, best suited for this operation. Secondly, I read numerous comments about the problems with keeping it square. My PBB design has t-tracks in the top for attaching the fence which allows it to be easily squared to the track. Also,, there seemed to be a lack of literature on the use of the EZ!, and I felt that, given the cost of the unit, that the potential learning curve would be too steep - but that may just be me, I need both hands on and instructions in order to pick up something new.

I would consider having the accurate hole pattern on the drop ins as there are many advantages in addition to the ability to easily square up the track and fence, the holes provide a means to clamp parts and fixtures to the top, a plus if you go away from the open framework.
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:07 PM
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For these benchdog type mdf tables, does wear on the inside edges holes in the mdf cause alignment or looseness problems over time?
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:17 PM
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That sounds good.

I would consider having the accurate hole pattern on the drop ins as there are many advantages in addition to the ability to easily square up the track and fence, the holes provide a means to clamp parts and fixtures to the top, a plus if you go away from the open framework.
OK.
the open frame work stays as optional due to versatility.

The screwed top-frame-bridge and t-tracks even on 45...
worked as ONE UNIT....
will assure 100% repeatable accuracy.
At lower cost...what can go wrong?

If we like the holes ...we can make few or provide a drop in module?
The good thing is that all ez-one's can be easily be modified ( screwed)
and the extra parts from the sliding fences can be used in other areas.


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Old 02-13-2018, 03:15 PM
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I use a Festool top on my EZ table dropped in between two sliding fences and square to the track. I use the holes on occasion and so far havent notice any wearing.
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:26 PM
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I think a drop in module MFT top would be great. That is on my short list of things to make for my EZ1.

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Old 02-13-2018, 03:28 PM
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I use a Festool top on my EZ table dropped in between two sliding fences and square to the track. I use the holes on occasion and so far havent notice any wearing.
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:01 PM
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I use a Festool top on my EZ table dropped in between two sliding fences and square to the track. I use the holes on occasion and so far havent notice any wearing.
That is another way.
Hybrid. best of both.

I like the sliding fences for future developments.
you can drop in any module and use the bridge and sliding fences
the same time.
what size is good to use?

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