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Monday, 12 September 2016

MPT L-Boxx Worktop Plans

To learn more about the MPT L-Boxx Worktop click here, or to see it in action click here.  The plans and instruction package for the MPT L-Boxx Worktop have the same level of detail as the regular MPT plans and MPT accessory plans.  This 12 page PDF package includes a cut list, hardware list, hardware source list, full colour dimensioned drawings and details as well as instructions with photos.  The jig for accurately drilling the 20mm holes is also covered in the instructions which is the same jig that was used for the MPT top.  This plans and instruction package lets you get right to building your worktop with all the figuring, measuring and designing done for you.

To purchase the MPT L-Boxx Worktop PDF package click on the PayPal link below.  As soon as I receive payment I will email the PDF file to the email address that is submitted.  If you don't receive an email within 24 hours please check your spam folder as some people have had this issue with their email server. Please respect copyright and do not share the file beyond your own use.  Thanks!

MPT L-Boxx Worktop Drawings & Instruction Package
$6.00 CAD

MPT L-Boxx Worktop in Action

Here are some shots from the DP Shop Talk episode showing the MPT L-Boxx Worktop in action for a variety of common woodworking tasks.  Click on any photo to enlarge it. Click here to watch the full episode on YouTube.

The MPT L-Boxx worktop can be used for a variety of common woodworking tasks such as drilling, routing, sawing or sanding.  The convenient clamp anything anywhere setup allows all of these operations to be done easily and with both hands on the tool.  It can also be used with stationary tools such as using it as a miter saw stand or table saw outfeed support.  Similar to the MPT, Parf Dogs can be used on the worktop to create an accurate cross cut station for a track saw.

If you don't have a stack of L-Boxxes you can still use the MPT L-Boxx Worktop by clamping it to any other workbench, table or even saw horses.  This gives you the same features and utility of the worktop without the need for a full stack of L-Boxxes.  Another alternative way to use the MPT L-Boxx Worktop is clipping it on top of a Bosch dust extractor to give an easily mobile work surface that will roll around with you.  To purchase a full set of plans and instructions or for more information click here.



Miter saw stand
Clamped to a bench or table

Table saw outfeed support
Track saw cross cutting

Monday, 29 August 2016

New MPT Style L-Boxx Worktop!

I have just finished designing and building a new MPT style worktop for use with Bosch or Sortimo L-Boxxes!  This new worktop has the same system of 20mm holes as the MPT and therefore can be used for some of the same tasks with some of the same accessories.  I've also created a full set of plans similar to the MPT plans. For jobs where you don't have space to set up the full MPT or jobs that are too small to require it, this is the perfect solution.  Measuring 20"x24" it gives a generous sized worktop and is also solid with a bolted connection. The MPT L-Boxx Worktop is designed to mount to an L-RACK-S quickly and easily with no major modifications to the L-RACK-S.  By using an L-RACK-S to mount the top to it gives space under the top to accommodate accessories, such as clamps or Parf dogs.  The height of the worktop is adjustable by varying the number and combination of L-Boxxes that you use under it.  It basically gives you a mini MPT that is extremely portable and can go along with you anywhere your L-Boxxes do.  Click here to see the MPT L-Boxx Worktop in action.

The MPT L-Boxx Worktop allows you to clamp work down in the same way that the MPT does and use accessories like the Parf Dogs to make the worktop into a mini track saw cutting table.  The worktop attaches to the L-RACK-S in seconds with 4 machine screws that are captured within the L-RACK-S so there is no loose hardware to keep track of.  The hardware setup is all detailed in the plans as well as the precise location of the grooves that get milled in the bottom of the worktop to accommodate the nibs and locking cleats of the L-RACK-S.  The worktop can be quickly uninstalled from the L-RACK-S and it can be used as a normal L-RACK-S with L-Boxxes clipped on top of it again since the mounting hardware does not interfere with it's normal operation.  Here are a couple of quick Instagram videos that I made showing how the MPT L-Boxx Worktop works as well as a full DP Shop Talk episode showing it in detail.



To purchase plans and instructions on how to build your own click here to go to the purchase page.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

MPT Forum Discussions

There are two different forums that have a thread dedicated to the MPT.  One is the BeThePro.com forum and the other is the Festool Owners Group (FOG).  You can check out the latest discussion and what MPT users are saying on either forum.  Here are the links to the latest discussion.

BeThePro MPT Thread

Festool Owners Group MPT Thread

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

MPT Accessory Plans Now Available!

A complete set of plans and instructions are now available for the MPT accessories!  This comprehensive package includes the tool tray, power block mount, dust hose arm, wheel brackets, riser jigs (for use with saw horses), sacrificial cutting strips, cross cut jig and cross cut jig extension wing.  This PDF package is 30 pages in total and includes a cut list, hardware list, hardware source list, 17 full-colour 3D drawings, and 8 pages of instructions on how to use the accessories, with high resolution photos.  The accessory package brings you the same high level of detail and complete information as the original MPT package making it quick and easy to build your own accessories.

There have also been additional features added to some of the accessories such as a height adjustable feature in the riser jigs, new dust hose connection hardware and a full length extension wing for the cross cut jig.  The MPT accessories add a lot of extra functionality and efficiency to the base MPT.  Click here to learn more about the MPT accessories.  Also, browse through the blog to see various accessories in action or click here to see the MPT accessory video.

To purchase the 30 page PDF package click on the PayPal link below.  As soon as I receive payment I will email the PDF file to the email address that is submitted.  If you don't receive an email within 24 hours please check your spam folder as some people have had this issue with their email server. Please respect copyright and do not share the file beyond your own use.  Thanks!

MPT Accessories - Drawings & Instruction Package
$15.00 CAD

Base MPT Drawings & Instruction Package
$25.00 CAD

For anyone that has never purchased MPT plans and would also like the accessory plans included, you can purchase them together at a bundled price.  This package contains the original 24 page PDF drawings and instruction package for the base MPT as well as the new 30 page accessory drawings and instruction package.  This complete package gives you all the information you need to build your own MPT and all of the accessories.

Base MPT & Accessories - Complete Drawings & Instruction Package
$35.00 CAD

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

MPT Video & New Channel

If you haven't seen the new MPT video yet be sure to check it out!  I explain what the MPT is all about and also show how it assembles from start to finish.

Also I have launched a new YouTube channel called "DP Shop Talk" which covers tool reviews, shop tips and how-to videos.  The MPT is featured in most of the videos as my main work surface so you can see it being used for all different purposes.  Click on the link below to visit the new channel!

DP Shop Talk Channel

You can also follow on Twitter or Facebook.  Click on either one to go to the page.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

User Reviews & Photos

This is a section for photos and reviews from MPT users who have built an MPT from the plans.  If you have completed your MPT and would like to have it featured here please send along some photos and a review to my email address.

Entry #1

The first entry comes from Mike who has completed two MPT's to suit his workflow.  He added some custom features on his MPT's including T-track for Festool clamp integration on one apron, a bracket to hold his tracksaw rails and some additional ribbing on the underside of the shelves to carry heavier loads.  Mike has put his MPT's to work right away and has sent some photos of them set up on site.  Thanks for the photos and review Mike and great job on your MPT's!

"Great design, Very well documented plans. Stable, functional, compact, and easily transported work tables. What more could you ask for. I expect them to last a very long time"  

-  Mike

First of two completed

Two MPT's together on site

Festool clamp integration

Entry #2

Here is the second entry for the MPT user section from Casey.  Casey is a carpenter and has been using his recently completed MPT for doing trim work on site.  He built his MPT following the plans exactly and it turned out great.  He used Danish oil to finish the MPT and it gave it a nice rich colour.  Thanks for the photos and review Casey, it looks great!  Below is a quote and some photos from Casey.

"Day 1 in the books for my MPT table and I love it! I’m using it here to plane down an edge for cased opening jambs. It’s great to be able to clamp it in this position for planing. I just wish I would have built this weeks ago before my current trim job started!"


Shiny new MPT!

MPT on site loaded with tools

MPT being used for edge planing

MPT being used to make door jambs

Entry #3

Here is the third entry for the MPT user section from Michael.  Michael made some modifications from the plans to suit his requirements including the size of the top and was able to make it from a 1/4 sheet of MDF.  He wasn't able to purchase the aluminum tubes for the legs where he lives so he improvised with some wooden legs which turned out great.  Michael is also the first entry to have some MPT accessories included in the build.  Great job Michael and thanks for the photos!  Below is a quote and some photos from Michael.

"Thanks so much for the plans for this table, I know it'll be an excellent addition to my shop."

- Michael 

MPT hard at work in the shop

MPT with cutting strips

Dust hose arm accessory