A couple of months ago, a client showed some desire in wanting a shallow depth pantry, so I read just about all the posts on the DD-40 and remember some mention of a screw clamp with an adjustment. Not the one affixed to the 800 template, more like the screw clamp for the guide rails with a brass positioner. Maybe I'm remembering incorrectly, but is this the clamp you are using with the longer template? And, is anybody using the retro fit kit?
Mafell screw clamp with stop # 093280 Mafell retro fit kit # 203057
Post by wrightwoodwork on Apr 30, 2015 3:00:43 GMT -5
Not sure. I don't have the longer rail or the mentioned clamps. My guess is the stop is to give the 0 point from the start I do plan to buy the longer rail in the future. When the projects I have planned need it
I have both Templates. Not sure what they are calling the "Retro fit kit." I think its the quick clamp mechanism for the shorter template. Originally the shorter template used the screw clamp and stop which is how you use the longer rail. Although the guys at timberwolf told me some customers have found threaded rods that match the quick clamp and have installed it on the longer rail.
The Clamp and stop is a round metal stop that butts into your work for the "0" point and the clamps slide under the rail like that track system.
Two short (80cm) can be connected together but you'll have to do some "work". They offer a 80cm rail (pictured below) and a 160cm rail.
I only have 2x 80cm rails which come with a self contained clamping system of their own (visible in the pictures below).
As I understand it the larger 160cm rail comes without this self contained clamping system, but uses more traditional screw clamps instead.
You can see how the clamping and connecting of the indexing rails work in this video (08:55) and (11:10)
And now for some pictures. The rails have a t-track in the bottom. On the short (80cm rails) Theres a threaded rod that runs in that t-track that's used to clamp the rail to a workpiece.
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The way it works is the clamping block (left) can quickly be slided up to the edge of your workpiece and you then turn the round knob (right) to tighten the left block to the workpiece, and thus clamping it.
By removing this threaded rod and clamping mechanism, you can simply connect 2 (or more) rails together with a connector bar. (which looks very similar to what Festool uses to connect their rails by the way.)
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Anyway, once you take the clamping system out and connect 2 rails together, you can then just use the special mafell screw clamp in the t-track (pictured below) to index your rail. On the other end you can just use a simple standard scerw clamp in the t-track.
See 11:10 in the video above.
So in essense you clamp it like any other regular guide rail as with other manufacturers.
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Last Edit: May 4, 2015 16:43:27 GMT -5 by jonathan
Are the regular screw clamps the same as the Festool ones?
Similar but not the same. One of the clamps for the Template has a round stop attached that gives a fixed position along the template. This is the reference point that is butted against your work so everything is equal(referred to as the "0" point).
I bought the base template guide and it is a too short for the job I just started. Any advice on using it without the clamps. The board I am putting shelf holes into is only 4" longer and the holes will stop 6" from the top and bottom so I won't have to move the template.
Also, can you use just the longer guide without the base guide? I am thinking that putting holes a 4' board will be awkward with an 8' template guide.
Ive used the shorter template for long projects. It can be done. I had some festool rail connector which fit in the template. The connectors allow you something to clamp onto and still use the entire length of the template. Just dont over clamp, otherwise it bows the template without spacers. I would even rubber band the dd40 in the plunged position and use it to align the template.
abdon: I stand corrected , the angle fence is only attaches with F -Tracks , what confused me was , that the Timberwolf site mentioned it will work with the NFU machine, yes it will work but only I guess when you use the Ftrack , with other tracks Like the KSS L.
Nov 28, 2020 22:52:01 GMT -5
glynnco: Did you order from GereedschapPro? I see them as in stock but I'm located in the US and am not sure if they ship here. I sent them an email asking about shipping but it was returned undeliverable...
Dec 10, 2020 7:37:40 GMT -5
jonathan: I've purchased a lot of stuff from our neighbours @ GereedschapPro.nl As far as I know they are one of the larger Mafell dealers in the EU. I can recommend them, they usually respond quickly.
Dec 11, 2020 13:58:36 GMT -5
NFU 50 Transportation?: Hi Guys, is there some Systainer for the NFU 50?
Dec 11, 2020 14:30:12 GMT -5
frezik24: Hello everyone
Dec 13, 2020 9:20:00 GMT -5
lasse: Thanks for the tip! I have own a mafell rail which is 160 cm and one that is 80 cm. Will it work just as well or will I need to buy rail that is 110 cm?
Mar 18, 2021 15:35:15 GMT -5