MFT/3 Replacement Table top Cut in 18mm Moisture Resistant MDF Multi Function Clamping Table
About this deal
Better Machinability, Screw Holding and Stronger Joints are only a couple of finishing features of the The Makers Workbench using the Compact™88 range. To secure the top I'm going to be using pocket holes, but without using a jig - I just get th drill bit started, and then slowly angle it and finish off the hole. These holes are going to make it much easier to locate the drill bit accurately at each of the increments.
Next I could drill the holes to their full size and I'm going to be using 20mm auger bit to drill the holes, because that's the size of the dogs and accessories I'm going to be using which I'll talk about later in the video.There might just be a video out soon on a modestly popular YouTube channel that compares the UJK Parf Guide Mk2 with the Trend MFT/jig and the RSPro jig. Since the method described does not rely upon wasting any of the MDF, you can make three MFT/3 replacement tops from a single sheet of 4' x 8' MDF. A little tedious maybe but not as bad as I imagined and - as MikeK said - the accuracy is very impressive. When I use the router after drilling the holes, I make sure I use a fixed base - hand position is usually closer to the workpiece so less chance of 'rocking' the bit.
I want my table top to be 1800mm long by 800mm wide, and here I'm measuring and marking up so that I can cut it to size - obviously I'm making sure to work from my square reference corner of the sheet.
Partially plunge the 20 mm bit to align it with each hole in the first row, which means that you are essentially using the holes in the first row as a series of parallel guides to align the holey rail.