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In This Issue of SysNotes

01 Available Soon - The MFK 700 Trim Router
02

A Router For Every Need - A Side-by-Side Comparison Of Festool Router Models

03

The VS 600 Jointing System - Make Beautiful, Solid Joints In A Fraction Of The Time

04 Festool USA Celebrates New Headquarters Grand Opening
05 Toolie Tips - Making A Perfect Drawer In Under Five Minutes by Jerry Work
06 IWF 2008 Advance Registration Pass - Atlanta, GA, August 20th - 23th
07 Festool User Communities & Events
 

MFK 700 EQ

Debuting May 1st, 2008. Meet The MFK 700 EQ Trim Router.

Due to its modular design and tool-less base changes, the MFK 700 can easily transform from a vertical to a horizontal position with a few simple steps. Trim laminate and edge banding or rout grooves easily with the lightweight and maneuverable MFK 700.

Packed with features, this trim router saves money by allowing you to use bearing-less bits when used with the attachable base feeler bearing. 1/256” (1/10 mm) fine depth adjustments and exceptional dust extraction make this an ideal solution for all of your light routing tasks.

 

MFK 700 Horizontal

 

FASTER. EASIER. SMARTER.

Highly efficient dust extraction eliminates clean-up, saving you time.

Quickly attach and remove all MFK components.

Precise depth adjustment accurate to 1/256” (1/10 mm).

Modular design covers a wide range of routing applications.

The V-shaped cutout of the base and sensor bearing guide provide flush trimming even around corners.

Optional parallel edge guide enables alignment with the outside edge of the workpiece.

Large support base and additional hand grip allow for safer, more complete control.

MMC electronics deliver smooth operation and motor protection for a long service life.

Surfaces are protected when routing edge banding, thanks to a pitched, 1.5° horizontal base.

Includes router with (1) dust extraction hood, (1) standard threaded base for US guide bushing, (1) plug-it cord, (1) vertical base, (1) 1.5° horizontal base and sensor bearing guide set. Shipped in Systainer 2.

Available May 1st, 2008. Locate your local dealer or learn more about the MFK 700.

 

Product No.: 574 288
$510

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The Starting Lineup

A Router For Every Need. Festool Router Offerings.

Manufactured to exacting tolerances and with the highest quality materials, Festool routers are designed to be both accurate and long-lasting.

Whether you are trim routing laminate or making heavy cuts in hard maple or solid surface material, we offer a router to meet almost any need. These routers offer unprecedented levels of usability with their built-in dust extraction, guide rail compatibility, and clever accessories.

Many consider the router to be the most versatile machine in the shop. Festool offers a variety of models
designed to handle the diverse materials and different operations you encounter on a daily basis. Below, we have provided a quick comparison of the various models offered.

  MFK 700 OF 1010 OF 1400 OF 2200

 

MFK 700 OF 1010 OF 1400 OF 2200
  574 288 574 266 574 267 574 277
Standard Package Includes
¼" Collet Yes Yes Yes  
8 mm Collet Yes Yes Yes  
½" Collet     Yes Yes
Dust Extraction Hood Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chip Catcher   Yes Yes Yes
Guide Stop   Yes    
Threaded Base For U.S. Guide Bushing Yes      
U.S. Guide Bushing Adapter Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plug-It Power Cord Yes Yes Yes  
Vertical Base Yes      
1.5° Horizontal Base & Sensor Bearing Set Yes      
Double-Locking Plunge Columns     Yes Yes
Systainer SYS 2 SYS 3 SYS 4 SYS 4
Specifications
Power Consumption

720 watts
6.0 amps

1010 watts
8.5 amps
1400 watts
11.7 amps
2200 watts
18 amps
Drive Shaft Speed (RPM) 10,000 -
26,000
10,000 -
23,000
10,000 -
22,500
10,000 -
22,000
Maximum Bit Diameter 1"
1-15/16" 2-1/2" 3-5/8"
Quick Depth Adjustment Range n/a 2-3/16"
(55 mm)
2-3/4"
(70 mm)
3-5/32"
(80 mm)
Column Stroke 9/16"
(14 mm)
n/a n/a n/a
Weight 4.2 lbs
(1.9 kg)
5.94 lbs.
(2.7 kg)
9.9 lbs.
(4.5 kg)
17.2 lbs.
(7.8 kg)

 

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Festool VS 600 Video

The Festool VS 600 Jointing System

Dovetail joints are the hallmark of fine woodworking, but every woodworker knows just how time-consuming it is to get dovetails right. It involves careful calculations and a lot of manual chiseling. Even “simple” butted joints with dowels can present challenges. If the edges of the finished piece are going to come out flush, then the dowel on both workpieces must be painstakingly accurate.

This work can be done laboriously by hand, expensively on industrial machinery, or quickly and easily using the VS 600. All you need to do is clamp the template in the jig, place the workpiece against the swivel stop, secure the workpiece, fine-adjust with the eccentric memory ring, and rout. It’s unbelievably fast, and unbelievably accurate—joint after perfectly-fitting joint. You can make beautiful, solid, dovetail, box, or dowel joints in a fraction of the time.

Visit the Festool USA website to view a short video demonstrating the Festool VS 600 Jointing System and then read the article below from renowned jointing expert, Jerry Work, as he details the capabilities, benefits and accuracy of the VS 600 in a free 47-page PDF product guide.

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Festool HQ Grand Opening

On Saturday, April 12th, 2008, Festool USA employees, several Festool dealers, members of the media, local officials, and other guests attended the official grand opening of the new headquarters building in Lebanon, Indiana. The new facility was completed in late summer of 2007 and has become the central location for warehousing and distribution.

Among the attendees, we were honored with a visit from Ms. Maier-Stoll, owner of Tooltechnic Systems (Festool),and her daughter, Ms. Barbara Austel. Rather than a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony, we chose to do it the Festool way. Ms. Austel cut the red "ribbon" made of wood with a Festool Kapex sliding compound miter saw, the much anticipated newest addition to Festool's portable power tool offerings which will be available in July 2008. Of course, with no dust to clean up the festivities were immediately back underway.

Also among the guests were several of the most prominent members of Festool Germany including Mr. Horst Geiger (Speaker of the Management Board), Mr. Richard Bantel (the architect of the Festool headquarters building), Mr. Michael Bayer (VP of Marketing) and Dr. Christoph Weiss (Member of the Advisory Board).

Guests had an opportunity to tour the new building, view a presentation showing the process of Festool product development, view photographs showing the evolution of Festool USA over the years and view Festool's newest products: the MFT/3, MFK 700 and OF 2200, all available May 2008.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Festool community for the support of the Festool brand.

Festool USA Headquarters

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Toolie Tips
by Jerry Work, The Dovetail Joint

Special thanks to Jerry Work of the Dovetail Joint, http://jerrywork.com for taking the time to put together a very extensive overview of the Festool VS 600 Jointing System. Read below to learn more about this time-saving system that will help your jointing projects become Faster, Easier, Smarter.

Making A "Perfect" Drawer In Less Than Five Minutes

Let's start with what constitutes a "perfect" drawer, box or cabinet. Since the side joints on all three are the same, to save my typing and your reading, from this point onward I will use the term "drawer" to mean either a drawer, a box, or a cabinet carcass. A little later on I will also cover what else you need to do besides the dovetailed side joints that differentiate one from another. And, still further on we will talk a bit about using the VS-600 to also make slotted or box joints as well as dovetail joints.

A "perfect" drawer is one that is exactly the length, width and depth you want, is absolutely square, sits flat and invokes an image of fine craftsmanship from the minute you assemble it.

Festool VS 600 Jointing System

No sanding to fit, no "make it a bit bigger and cut it to fit afterwards" and no "put a bit of filler into the gaps to make it look like it fits" even when it doesn't. Just perfectly made in the first place.

A " perfect" drawer is also one you can make day-in and day-out with beautifully cut half blind dovetail corners in less than 5 minutes. Yes, that is right, five minutes from the time you have the properly prepared stock in front of you to the time you are ready to assemble.

Stock preparation and the precise engineering of the VS-600 base unit, template, guide bushing and cutter are the keys to your perfect box in five minutes every time.

Interested in learning the techniques that Jerry Work describes? Then, visit Festool USA website to download the free 47-page manual for the VS 600 by Jerry Work. Take your jointing skills to the next level with the Festool VS 600 Jointing System.

Thanks, Jerry! Be sure to check out Jerry Work's website, the Dovetail Joint, at http://jerrywork.com.

 

 

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IWF 2008

Festool USA would like to invite you to visit our booth (#5552) at IWF 2008, the most comprehensive display of innovative machinery, supplies and services in the Western Hemisphere. Complete the advanced registration form for discounted access to this amazing tradeshow. Located in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia World Congress Center, the show will be open August 20th - 23th from 8a - 6pm daily. We look forward to having an opportunity to meet and show you the exciting new products being introduced in 2008.

 

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Festool Events

 

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Community Link Wood Shop Demos by John Lucas
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Event Link View Upcoming Festool 'Demo Days' hosted by various Festool Dealers.
Event Link TSI New England @ Hartford, CT on May 2 - 3, Festool Free Pass Code: 4345
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