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In this edition of SysNotes
Routers that you may not know that you need: MFK 700 & OF 2200
Robert Slack discovers the Plexiglas template routing aid
Why professionals rely on using Festool
Cool Festool router techniques you've probably never considered
The DYI Network's Cool Tools crew visits us at IBS 2010
The Katz Roadshow: Register to attend a free regional workshop
Festool Owners Group Forum
Ways to learn more about Festool
Routers that you may not know you need

MFK 700: One motor. Two bases. Many reasons to add it to your arsenal.

View a video of the Festool MFK 700 router on YouTube.

The MFK 700 router is often overlooked in Festool's router line up because of its small size, but it's quickly becoming the cabinetmaker's router of choice. This router is outfitted with a powerful 720 watt motor and offers unique solutions with its modular horizontal and vertical bases. Of course, incredible dust extraction comes standard on all Festool power tools.

While the MFK 700 is typically categorized as being just a laminate trimmer, this powerful router can be combined with its 1.5° horizontal base to trim edge banding, wood, and PVC up to 5/8" thick. The subtle 1.5° incline means there's no filing or finishing, just perfect results in a single pass every time.

The MFK 700 is great for template work with its base which is threaded to accept universal template guides. How many times have you needed a small router to do a some simple profile and have reached for a trim router only to be frustrated with the depth adjustment? Enjoy precise depth adjustment controllable in 1/256" (1/10 mm) increments making it perfect for template work, such as hinges and inlay banding.

Combine the MFK 700 with the parallel edge guide accessory (495 182) and you have the perfect tool to dado the sides of your cabinet to accept the back. Festool routers make it easy to set up the router on centerline for a groove or dado because all the bases are marked for the center of router bit. This set up also works well for doing fluted columns and rabbets.

View a quick YouTube video by one of our customers, Andreas Schwall of Eco Furniture, using the MFK 700 in horizontal and vertical configurations. For more video, visit our website.

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Exceptional trimming results with the 1.5° horizontal base Combined with the vertical base and template guides. Use the optional edge guide for rabbets, dadoes, etc.

The OF 2200 Router: Undeniably the perfect router.

View a video of the Festool OF 2200 router on YouTube.

The OF 2200 router is an engineering marvel to say the least. Though it's packed full of functionality to conquer the most challenging tasks with ease and finesse, its 2200 watts of power enable it to hog off astonishing amounts of material with the biggest bits in a single pass. Some of the best applications for this router include routing large mortises in doors, creating large fluted columns and profiles in architecture millwork, and plowing through solid surface material for profiles. Yet, it possesses a smoothness and controllability for more delicate work using smaller bits. Simply put... this router can do it all!

The OF 2200 can plunge up to 3-5/32" and features a micro-adjust feature that allows you to fine tune your depth in increments of 1/256" (1/10 mm). The magnetic spindle brake means that even those monster router bits come to a stop very quickly. A ratcheting collet makes bit changes a breeze with a single wrench and plenty of open space means no knuckle-busting!

Dust extraction is a big deal at Festool and the OF 2200 is no exception. A large dust collection port rises to the top of the router to keep the hose out of the way. A dust hood is provided for edge work and a clear, retractable 360° dust shroud surrounds the bit to provide near-dust-free operation. Center lines marks are on all four sides of the router bases to make alignment on scribe lines very easy.

The OF 2200 also integrated with the Festool guide rail system to make accurate, straight dadoes and routs. A large assortment of accessories offer solutions for every application.

Recently, Roger Savatteri, a member of the Festool Owners Group forum posted some photos and information about his experience with the OF 2200. He used a mega-bit that was 3-1/2" in diameter and a whopping 6" in length to put a profile on a dining room table. We encourage you to visit the forum to see what Roger had to say about his experience with the OF 2200 and this incredibly large bit. Also, head over YouTube to watch a video from Marc Spagnuolo featuring the OF 2200!

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Rout accurately using the Festool guide rail system. A multitude of application-specific accessories. Unbelievable dust extraction and ample power for any task.


Robert Slack discovers the Plexiglas template routing aid

Routing mortises for locks the easy way.

View a video of the Festool Plexiglas template routing aid on YouTube.

Gaucho WoodworkingWe received an email and some photographs of a project from carpenter Robert Slack of Gaucho Woodworking. He was in the process of installing mortise locks into doors and was struggling to find an easy way to accomplish the task. Fortunately, he got in touch with us as we had the perfect solution: the Plexiglas template routing aid (495 246). This accessory is perfectly suited for any application where you need to position the router (center or otherwise) on narrow stock. This is just one of a myriad of Festool router accessories designed specifically to make the most difficult tasks simple.

Here's what Robert had to say:

I was having major challenges coming up with a template to install mortise locks. There are dedicated machines and accessories for this application. However, in the environment of the finish carpenter, where we need to have flexibility of our tools, it would be a lot better to have something which can be used for other applications as well.

When I made a decision with Gaucho Woodworking to partner with a tool manufacturer, I chose Festool because of the quality, support and the amount of time saved by using them.

After a lot of frustration, I found a router accessory offered by Festool called the Plexiglas Template. While this item is hidden in the list of router accessories in the catalog, it is definitely a hidden gem.

Using this accessory, my job was made extremely simple. Knocking out mortise locks quickly, accurately and professionally.

Thanks to Robert for sharing his experience with the Plexiglas template. For more information, contact your preferred Festool dealer.

If you want to learn more about the Plexiglas Template and see it in use, Gary Katz has a video showing the Festool OF 1400 and OF 2200 routers being set up with this accessory to install a multi-point lock in his shop door. In part two of his video, you can watch him rout the mortises and install the locking mechanism.

Why professionals rely on Festool

Consistently delivering exceptional results.

You know that saying... There's the hard way and there's the easy way. Well, we'd like to think Festool is synonymous with "the easy way". And, if you make you're living running power tools all day long, the easy way means more profit.

While Festool is the brand of choice for professionals throughout Europe and other parts of the world, we're still relatively new to the scene in North America. However, it hasn't taken long for trade magazines, professionals and ambitious do-it-yourselfers alike to discover why Festool is different. It's all about consistently delivering exceptional results.

"Remarkable integration of quality, power and functionality."

Chip Wade is the on air Contractor and Master Carpenter for two shows, Designed to Sell and Curb Appeal - The Block. Chip is one of those professionals who have taken notice of the results that come with using Festool. We spoke with Chip recently about a kitchen renovation that he did and here's what he had to say:

My televised projects pose a significant, if not unique, challenge in that they demand a high level of quality, but are virtually always filmed onsite, and are always on the move.

Chip Wade - KitchenIn a three day makeover with a budget of no more than $2000, I am building anything and everything for each home we visit. Absent the comforts of a traditional shop, it is essential that I am selective with the tools I keep in my arsenal. For me, quality and size are two critical considerations. On the jobsite, it is typically a luxury to have a table saw or router table, so it is essential to find more maneuverable tools to perform the same tasks efficiently. The OF 1010 EQ definitely fits that bill, and is the most recent to earn its spot on the truck.

On a recent episode, I was faced with the challenge of cutting out a custom bar with an integrated, rotating cutting board and colander. The OF 1010 EQ, coupled with the Festool guide rail system was up to the task. Using the fine-adjustment stops, I was able to rout perfectly parallel fluted slots with precise concentric run-outs. That's an application that would have taken hours to accomplish with a hand layout, not to mention a compromise in accuracy.

Later in the project, the combination of the OF 1010 and longer, 106" guide rail came through in another segment where I was faced with the need to machine disjointed collinear flutes, for a floor to ceiling fireplace surround. This project would have posed a challenge in a fully outfitted shop, much less on a jobsite with limited time and no more tools than I could carry in and out in just a couple of days. Festool’s remarkable integration of quality, power, and functionality give them a leg up on the competition and certainly a place in my toolbox.

Cool Festool router techniques you've probably never considered

Router outrigger support.

Router tricksWe talk a lot about how Festool designs its products to integrate as a system. Well, these two router tips are the result of having components that work as a system. Because it is a system, accessories and tools can be combined in creative ways that most people have never thought about.

First, to give credit where credit's due, a Festool Owners Group member, James Watriss, posted this on the forum last year. The post recently attracted some new interest by members and we thought we would share this with you.

Using the rods supplied with OF 1400 router, you can use the guide rail adapter as a outrigger support. The handle provides a convenient place to apply lateral and vertical pressure while routing. Give it a try!

An alternative to the Plexiglas template routing aid.

Router tricksUse rods for the OF 1400 and OF 2200 routers along with two parallel edge guides to create an alternative to the template routing aid (as featured above). Since our routers feature center line marks on the router base, simply scribe a center line on the material and align the center line mark for perfect results. Need additional fence height for more stability? Well, you can replace the fence surfaces on the parallel edge guide with taller material very easily for additional support with the removable screws.

The DYI Network's Cool Tools crew visits us at IBS 2010

Chris Grundy and gang stop by to check out the OF 2200 Router.

The crew of DIY Network's show, Cool Tools, caught up with us in Las Vegas at the International Builders Show 2010. Chris Grundy, the host of Cool Tools, shows viewers innovative and sometimes unusual tools. If you're a tool fanatic, then this show is for you! Cool Tools has recognized the quality, innovation and solutions provided by the Festool line of power tools. Since it's introduction, the show has featured nearly the entire line of Festool products.

Chris came by our booth at IBS 2010 to shoot some footage on the OF 2200 router running a big ol' 1-1/4" roundover bit through some maple for an upcoming show. If you've ever thought to yourself, "Self, I wish my router would do _______". Well, the OF 2200 not only does it, but it does it with power and finesse.

Come see us at JLC Providence.

So, you missed your opportunity to meet the Festool team at IBS. Well, it's not too late to sign up for a free exhibit pass for JLC Providence. We look forward to seeing you there next month!

Rhode Island Convention Center

March 26th & 27th, 2010

How can I find Festool?
Come visit us at booth #725.

How do I get a free pass?
Register online for your free exhibit pass, courtesy of Festool.

We look forward to seeing you there! Swing by to check out what's new from Festool for 2010, register to win great prizes, and grab some free Festool swag.

The Katz Roadshow.
Register to attend a free regional workshop.

As a professional, you'll want to attend the Katz Roadshow before your competition does! The Katz Roadshow is a great (and completely free) opportunity for you to see industry leaders put Festool power tools to the test in real-world applications, while demonstrating methods to increase competency and proficiency.

For Festool it serves two purposes; we are educating professionals on what makes our products work together as a system, while also giving back to the trade community. Festool understands that it's a combination of advantages created by superior products, and advanced techniques that ultimately take your work to the next level. Gary and Mike's presentations exemplify this balance. There are few presentations that deliver the value obtained from attending the Katz Roadshow.

Gary Katz and Mike Sloggatt, in their respective clinics, teach the techniques that they have hung their hats on for years, stressing the importance of doing it the right way. They are no strangers to the industry, having enjoyed the success of the Journal of Light Construction Live clinics and from countless years of successful work in their private practices in the construction industry. Attend a show to learn from Gary and Mike about how great tools, combined with great methods can help you to differentiate yourself in the market, thus making you more attractive to your prospective clients.

We encourage you to register early to reserve your space.

Upcoming Katz Roadshow Events

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Below we have listed some of the recent popular topics on the forum. This is just a sample of the wealth of information that you can find by visiting and participating.

Community Link Using the MFK 700 for counter top laminate
Community Link The MFK 700 - A very impressive machine!
Community Link Festool OF 2200 Video's on Cherry during Festool Fantasy Camp
Community Link OF-FH, Plexiglas template routing aid

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