If you’re a finish carpenter and have never incorporated a work bench with dog holes and vertical clamping into your onsite tool-kit, it’s time to change your thinking. Similar to the Fein MultiMaster plunge-cut saw, there are many tools available that you come across and wonder, “How often will I really use that?” But once you own it and use it, you think, “How did I ever live without this tool?” That’s how I feel about our “Multi-Function Slab,” dog-holed worktop.
To keep cost down, we created our own worktop with dog holes and clamping troughs to work seamlessly with all Festool products, such as the Festool Track Saw. We’ve named our table the Multi-Function Slab (MFS) because of the vast types of projects it can be used for and its slim, lightweight profile makes it easy to transport and quickly set up once on site.
To create greater job efficiency and accuracy, we decided to add a MFS to each of our jobsites. Working with a local CNC shop, we CNC these from 1-in. thick sheets of MDF, which keeps the table cost down to about $150 per top and shelf (as shown below). Build one of these for yourself and you’ll be amazed at how often you use it!
You can see all the details about the table system in the following video:
And you’ll find even more details about the table on our website.
Here are the general specs of the table:
And the general specs of the shelf:
|These three 3/4-in. deep troughs are ideal for storing screws or driver tips and other small hand tools while allowing materials on the table to glide over them.|
|The tool tray is the key to this set up; it’s fantastic to have your tools and Festool track saw tracks on hand directly below the table.|
|The dog holes are laid out in exactly the same pattern and size as the Festool MFT so you can easily use the Festool vertical and/or horizontal clamps and Qwas dogs in any combination as we do.|
|With 11 clamp troughs located on three sides of the slab, strategically sized and positioned to handle any length material, vertical side clamping is one of the most useful functions of this table system.|
|The ability to use any style or manufacturer of clamps such as Festool Quick Clamps, IRWIN Quick-Grip Bar Clamps or screw clamps makes this feature incredibly versatile.|
Steve Olson is the owner of Rise Construction, a San Francisco-based remodeling firm focused on residential remodeling. With an interest in streamlining his projects, Steve is often reinventing tools and processes to best fit his business needs; the MFS found at www.multifunctionslab.com is one example of this. When not remodeling homes, Steve spends his leisure time kite-surfing and boat sailing on the San Francisco bay and around the world.