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In This Issue of SysNotes

01 You Could Win 1 of 20 Exclusive Festool Jobsite Tote Bags!

Festool Facts: What Your Festool Is Trying To Tell You


New Festool Fall 2008 Product Offers & Specials

04 Kapex. Built For The Toughest Demands.
05 The Evolution Of A Writing Desk - by Charles Wilson
06 Festool User Communities & Events



Win A Festool Jobsite Bag

Have A Few Minutes To Spare?

We want to get to know you better. If you have 10-15 minutes to spare, we'll try to make it worth your while. Visit our online questionnaire, hosted through Zoomerang, for your chance to win 1 of 20 exclusive Festool bags. These bags are not normally available to customers and feature multiple storage compartments for handling all of your gear. A removable backpack zips onto the end of the tote and can be used separately or as an additional storage pouch.

We will randomly select twenty participants from those who complete our questionnaire no later than November 30th, 2008 to receive this exclusive Festool product.

Must be a resident of the United States or Canada and over the age of 18. Employees and dealers of Tooltechnic Systems are not eligible to enter. Winners will be selected randomly from completed surveys on November 30th, 2008.

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Festool Facts

Your Festool power tool is trying to tell you something! Following our motto of making your work faster, easier and smarter, your tool has important information that can help you become more efficient.

Before we start looking at some of the information you can find on your Festool power tools, have you ever noticed that most of the buttons, dials and triggers used to operate and adjust your tools are all green? That makes it easy to find when you need to make an adjustment. Pretty smart, huh?

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In the photos above, you can see that the Festool TS plunge saw (left) has information about the blade diameter and arbor bore size. Additionally, there are several blocks of colors with icons that represent different types of materials including wood, plastic, non-ferrous metals and steel. We incorporate a technology we call MMC Electronics which, among other things, gives you the ability to match motor speed to a given application and material. The numbers represent the setting recommended for the variable speed control that should be used for each type of material.

The saw blade (right) has a matching color code, in this case yellow which means it is designed for wood, on the blade itself and on the packaging. That makes it easy to determine the best blade for the job at hand. Information about the kerf and tooth configuration are also shown. In the case of this blade coded with yellow, you can see on the saw that you would use a speed setting between three and six (3...6).

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The two photos above are from the Festool OF 2200 router. The micro adjustment knob (left) allows you to adjust the depth of the router bit in increments of 1/256 of an inch (or 1/10 of a millimeter). An icon below the knob shows that to increase the bit depth you would turn the knob clockwise and to decrease depth you would turn it counter-clockwise. This may seem insignificant at first glance but it's intended to make operation of the tool quick and simple.

The variable speed dial (right) is used in conjunction with MMC Electronics on the OF 2200 to set the speed of the router bit in RPM. A convenient reference shows you which speed setting on the dial correlates to what speed in RPM. Festool router bits are engraved with information about the appropriate speed for safe operation as well as a line indicating how far the bit should be inserted into the collet.

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The photo above of the systainer lid (left) shows information about compatible accessories, storage locations for the various tool accessories, and part numbers for consumables to make replenishment easy.

Our tools have a label (right) with the toll-free phone numbers for Festool USA sales and service. You will also find the part number and serial numbers on the tool. We want to make sure that you can get in touch with us easily should you need our assistance. When you have a question about how to operate your tool, the last thing you want to do is to hunt for a support phone number. That would only make the situation more frustrating. No digging for the manual, calling directory assistance or getting on your computer to find our phone number. Just look on your tool

These are just some of the things you will find that your Festool power tools are trying to tell you. Take a moment to look at your tools and accessories and discover how much attention to detail is given to make sure your experience is unsurpassed when using our products.

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Festool Fall 2008 Promos


Festool Plunge Saw Accessory Assortment

TS 55 Accessory Assortment - Product No. M0074
TS 75 Accessory Assortment - Product No. M0075

A great addition to your Festool TS plunge saw, the accessory assortment includes several essentials to maximize the capabilities and longevity of your saw. Save up to $26.00 versus purchasing these items separately. Save up to $71.00 when combined with the purchase of a TS 55 or TS 75 plunge saw at participating dealers. See dealer for details.


  • Universal Saw Blade (1)
  • Fine Tooth Saw Blade (1)
  • Panther Rip Saw Blade (1)
  • Splinterguard 5-Pack (1)
  • Replacement Guide Rail Splinterguard (1)

Limited time offer, while supplies last. More...

Saw Blade Assortment

Festool Clamping Assortment

Product No. M0079

The perfect compliment to the MFT/3 Multifunction Table, this limited edition clamping assortment includes the three most commonly used types of Festool clamps. Save $14.50 versus purchasing these items separately. Save up to $44.50 when combined with the purchase of an MFT/3, MFT/3 Basic or MFT/3-Kapex at participating dealers. Limited time offer, while supplies last. See your Festool dealer for details. More...


  • Clamping Elements 2-Pack (1) - Product No. 488030
  • 4-11/16" Screw Clamps (2) - Product No. 489570
  • Quick Clamps (2) - Product No. 491594
Clamp Assortment

Festool MFK 700 Trim Router - Basic

Product No. 574419

Rout grooves for inlays easily with the lightweight and maneuverable MFK 700 Basic. The Basic model offers a less expensive alternative to the MFK 700 Set and can be easily upgraded with additional bases and accessories. More...


  • MFK 700 Router
  • Vertical Base
  • Dust Collection Shroud for Vertical Applications
  • ¼" and 8mm Collets
  • Collet Wrench
  • Plug-It Power Cord
  • Note: This Product Does Not Include A Systainer Case
MFK 700 Basic

Festool MFT/3 - Basic

Product No. 495888

Redesigned for 2008, the height has been adjusted to make work more comfortable. New V-groove channels make adjustments both faster and easier. The MFT/3 Basic has 85% more working area than the older MFT 800, and is 15% lighter than the MFT 1080. Even though the MFT/3 has many improvements, we did not abandon features that you have come to trust and enjoy—features like perforated tops, side channels for attaching clamps, and folding legs to allow two working heights, and easy transport. The Basic model does not include the miter gauge and guide rail. More...

MFT/3 Basic

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Festool Facts. Striving For Perfection.

We do things to our tools that you would probably never dream of doing to them!

Festool Facts. Striving For Perfection.I'm always amazed to see the abuse that our tools are put through to ensure their durability. Here you see the Kapex sliding compound miter saw getting put through it's paces. The saw is running while it is blasted with Arizona sand, considered by most scientists to be the most abrasive sand on Earth. Coated in more than an inch of sand, the Kapex continues to operate.

So if you're worried that the Kapex can't take the abuse of the jobsite, think again. It's been there and done that already.

We understand that you can't affort to have a tool fail while on the jobsite.  Festool power tools are built using tight tolerances and the best materials available, so you can purchase with confidence.  Designed and tested to stand the rigors of the jobsite, Festool power tools are made for the toughest demands!

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Charles Wilson

A special thank you to Charles Wilson for sharing his Writing Desk project in this edition of SysNotes. While Charles has a rather innovative use of the Domino as a locking mechanism in his desks, the tools he used most during the construction were the Festool 1400 EQ Router and MFS Multi-Routing Template System.

We are including links to Charles' complete commentary about the project as well as an appendix he prepared about the use of the MFS system as more detailed references about the project. This is certainly an example of how Festool power tools can be used for fine woodworking.

PDF The Evolution Of A Writing Desk Project (1.4MB)
PDF Charles' Appendix - Using The MFS Multi-Routing Template (1MB)
PDF Jerry Work's Festool MFS Template Guide Supplemental Manual (3.4MB)

"This project is based upon a writing desk originally designed by Thomas Jefferson, on which he is reputed to have written the Declaration of Independence. There is an article written for Fine Woodworking that covers it in reasonable detail (requires membership to view).

I started constructing it from walnut that was left over after finishing a Media Cabinet that I built. I decided to use solid wood, and arrange the grain so that it wouldn’t suffer damage from seasonal humidity changes. In 50 years or so, we will see if I succeeded or not.

Charles Wilson

When the front board is opened, the writing surface is revealed. I made a pencil tray insert for the drawer (with a hidden recess underneath for concealing diamonds and other treasures). I made this piece as a gift for a friend, so I don’t have pictures of it with the protective writing surface and drawer pull.

This project is entitled 'The Evolution of a Writing Desk' because there is now a second generation design intended to address some weaknesses of the initial design. This item is intended to be traveled with, and the drawer should have some sort of latching mechanism. I wasn’t completely satisfied with having a crease in the covering used as a writing surface. And, though walnut is beautiful, I wondered how the desk would look in other woods.

Generation one went from outside to inside, with the case being constructed first, followed by the drawer being constructed to fit inside the opening. Generation two began with the drawer being constructed first. I had decided to make six units, two of each species (oak, cherry and walnut).

Charles Wilson

Drawer front bottom and back were joined with box joints with grain going from front to back of drawer. Drawer sides were sliding dovetails, again with grain going from front to back. The box joints and sliding dovetails were glued. Wood thickness was a little less than 3/8 inch.

The drawer sides were also dovetailed at the ends, but not glued to front and back pieces. A drawer face was glued onto the front of the drawer.

A slightly modified domino on the side of the drawer, with a notch cut on the lip of the bottom will provide the latching action. The spring is just a length of wood screwed into the side.The circular button, made with a plug cutter, pushes the end of the domino back into the slot to allow the drawer to open. A keyhole router bit is used to make the channel for the plunger.

Charles Wilson

Below are the components of the 6 drawers. The case into which the drawer slips had all of its grain lengthwise, and the sides fit inside rabbets in the top and bottom pieces. The grain of the closed end of the case is horizontal, and it floats in dados between the two sides of the case. A small rabbet is made into the top of the open end of the case to stop the travel of the drawer into the case. The writing surfaces were cut to uniform size, as were the spacers."

Charles Wilson

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