UJK Technology Parf Guide System
Create your own custom 20mm worktops in record time
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Designed by renowned woodworker and inventor Peter Parfitt, we're pleased to provide UJK Technology's Parf Guide System (PGS). A highly accurate means of laying out a pattern of 20mm holes in a work surface, the PGS makes the task both quick and easy. Thanks to the high precision CNC machining used to perfectly position the registration holes along the two Parf sticks and some classical geometry (the Pythagorean theorem), the PGS produces highly accurate hole positions—near CNC accuracy. With an accurate pattern of 20mm holes and a set of our DoubleGroove™ Dogs, you will be able to make the perfect right angle or 45° cuts with your guide rail and track saw.
How It Works
Based on Pythagorean theorem, the PGS uses two Parf sticks along with a 3mm drill guide and 3mm drill bit to create an accurately placed series of holes with the rows at perfect right angles to the columns. Then the guide block and the special 20mm bit come into play to produce the final pattern of 20mm holes.
Parf Guide System comprises two Parf Sticks, 1m long with a series of 3mm holes along the length at 96mm centers; a 3mm drill guide with 3mm drill bit and three 3mm guide pins. Plus, a guide block and a special 20mm TC drill bit with a 3mm center guide.
- Based on the Pythagorean theorem for infallible accuracy
- Quick and easy, guaranteed results every time
- Produce a portable cutting board whenever the need arises
- Create custom-made, bench top track saw cutting stations
- All components made, checked or assembled in Axminster for UJK Technology
- Includes two Parf sticks and all necessary guides and drill bits
- 20mm Centrotec Drill Bit (Spare) for Parf Guide System
- DoubleGroove™ Dogs, Small Pair with SpeedKnobs™
- Parf Super Dog
- Using the UJK Parf Guide System - Part 1, by Peter Parfitt
- Using the UJK Parf Guide System - Part 2, by Peter Parfitt
- How to Drill a 20mm Worktop with the PGS, by Dave Stanton
- How to Make a Speedy Tracksaw Cutting Station, by Peter Parfitt
- UJK Parf Guide System User Guide
- UJK Parf Guide System Drawing - Creating Isometric MFT/3 Style Replacement Cutting Surface
- UJK Parf Guide System Drawing - Storage Plans
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The system worked well. The second time I make a workbench it will go smoother. I didn’t realize that you should be using the pins for as many as possible before switching to the dogs. My unit came with the upgraded steel rules. I hope I can buy the upgraded 3mm drill and guide.
I recently upgraded my shop to use quite a few Festool tools. I'm going all in, with a couple drills, a sander, a router, LR32, both dominos, a track saw, etc. I generally build everything in the shop, so I don't really see the need to buy an MFT because I don't need the portability. But I want the work holding capabilities of the MFT. So I decided to build my own MFT style assembly bench.
The UJK Parf Guide System is perfect for me: it makes it simple to create a grid of 20mm dog holes that are exactly 96mm apart. Everything included in the set is top-notch. Tolerances are tight. It just works. I think the only way to get things more accurate would be with a CNC machine. Unfortunately, that's not in the budget. So I'm more than happy with the UJK Parf Guide System.
I really like the product design and the results that you are able to get with this system. Be sure to review Peter Parfitts You Tube videos including the latest additional ones titled: Xtras, News & Tips, and Dust Port. In these videos, he advises that edge of the Parf rulers can't be considered to be perfectly straight. So, I plan to insert the pins and reference them to the edge to locate the first row of holes. In my opinion, this is the best system for making your own MFT and Cutting Top.
Why purchase the Parf Guide System? My sainted grandmother taught me to observe a healthy skepticism when making any purchase. In the face of something new, she would exclaim “What’s the good of it? Indeed when all is said and done, what good can this tool be if already there is a multifunction table in use. The answer is simple. Over the short time, I have had my Parf Guide System; I am surprised at the amount of use to which it has been put. My conclusion paraphrases, the beleaguered Duchess of Windsor… “You can’t be too rich, too thin or have too many MFT’s.
The world of carpentry, woodworking, cabinetry and furniture making is in the state of constant evolution. In the last six years, I have completely changed my methodology, techniques, skills and knowledge. After so many years of cutting and boring mortise and tenons, I rely on my Domino 500 and have cut table and cabinet making time by at least 50%. My table saw gathers dust as most cutting is now done by track saw and rail. I am more precise easily adapting to plans that call for metric measurements. However, the greatest change in all my processes comes from the use of the MFT. I not only use my table for cutting. It serves me well for clamping, assembling and for creating temporary jigs. Recently I created a low table for finishing work. It has a MFT top as well as a thin sacrificial top, I mount when completing a messy finishing job.
The MFT has one notable attribute and that is it is meant to be cut. A sort of planned obsolescence is built into the concept. In the planning of a table, it is important to remember that the table can be turned top for bottom and end for end thus extending the life of the MFT.
The MFT is aptly named. It is indeed a multifunction tool. While considering the purchase of the Parf Guide, It might be well to review the many capabilities of the MFT. An excellent summary of these many capabilities is found in Jerry Work’s 52 page publication on the Internet... “Getting the most from the MFT, multifunction table”. https://service.festoolusa.com/media/pdf/Getting_the_most_from_the_MFT_multifunction_table.pdf
The introduction of the Parf Guide System is a perfect example of the evolutionary aspects of progress in all that we do in wood and similar products. The methodology harks back to the Greek philosopher Pythagoras (570 BC-495 BC). Pythagoras is reported to be the first to call himself a philosopher (lover of wisdom) setting an example to respect tradition and wisdom. The opportunity to learn something new can be counted as one reason for taking on the Parf Guide System. It is said that “when you are green, you grow and when you are ripe, you rot.” Learning new things always makes life more interesting. Recently Peter Parfitt, the inventor of the Parf Guide System introduced a new concept in MFT layout which he refers as the Isometric layout, an elegant means of cutting at 30° and 60°. See the “New Brit” workshop for details. This offers an easy way to make hexagons or triangles. I look forward to learning this new process and making yet another MFT top.
While the emphasis on the MFT is in rail and track saw cutting, I am more than impressed with the clamping and assembly options. The use of the PGS (Parf Guide System) is not confined to just making table tops. Consider the need for a stop edge in the process of assembly or perhaps in creating a jig for repeating cuts. Taking a length of wood, the PGS may be used to layout holes precisely to accept tall dogs. Peter Parfitt provides shorter length stops he calls “Parf Hats” These can be easily made by taking a length of wood and boring a row of holes with the PGS and cutting each “Parf Hat” to length.
The newly introduced isometric layout is a convincing argument for purchasing the PGS. It is available nowhere else. The astonishing revelation of this new isometric layout methodology is that it may be used to impose the isometric layout on an existing MFT. By careful planning, two vee shaped rows may be added to an existing table to meet most 30° and 60° cuts. See the initial layout scheme in the introductory video
I have a MFT I use mostly for assembly work squaring cabinets and bookcases. I make good use of the PGS making sacrificial tops. These need fewer holes if they are used to protect the top being used for finishing or for limited cutting. In summary, I found by following the excellent videos on both this site as well as on the New Brit Workshop site, both easy to follow and very quickly learned the process of creating a top. The following is list of tips that may be helpful.
1. Planning is paramount. Think out the layout and the number of holes that are really required for the job at hand. Remember that you can create a top in two stages. You can layout, bore and then trim the edges to final size.
2. A removable chuck makes the job of resetting the guide go more smoothly
3. Parts… There is a small collection of parts such as Parf dogs, pins drill, bit and drill guide. I drilled out a block of wood and keep the parts at hand in my wood block. Otherwise a tin pan serves to keep the parts at hand and prevents them rolling away.
4. The hole drilling is significantly improved by vacuuming the chips. I made a shoe to accept by vacuum hose. Peter Parfitt offers a simple attachment to accept the hose.
5. Peter reminds in his video but it is important to “OIL THE DRILL BIT?” an important step to protect both the bit and bit shaft. Use real oil, rather than synthetic lubricant.
6. Reduce chip out by drilling onto a firm sacrificial surface.
7. As time has passed, more users are finding that sealing the table top is a worthy exercise and most report, they apply the sealer before cutting.
8. I have found that clamping the rules in place is more essential than I originally thought.
9. Don’t’ get caught short, invest in a second drill. I expect the 20MM bit to hold up but since I was an early adopter, I have both the original bit as well as the new improved bit,
10. Lastly, and this is remarkable in this day and age, Peter Parfitt actually responds to e-mail questions. He has reported that he received many e-mails but he will most likely respond to issues. I follow the Festool Owners Group (FOG) and this forum is an important source of advice and assistance.
What’s the good of it, my grandmother would have asked. I have found much good with my PGS. The Parf Guide System has been a worthy and frequently used tool in my shop work. My next project is a bench top MFT with a Moxon vise and this will be yet another MFT in my shop.
UJK Parf Guide System is a well designed and quality made product that is also simple to create an accurate unlimited work bench top system and other useful workshop projects. Excellent product with great written instructions and videos.
Cant belive how easy it was to use an get perfect results. I would recommend this product to everyone. Great product i wish i had a supplier closer to home in the USA
This little guide works great and if you own an MFT3 table it will just about pay for itself after you replace the first MDF top! Works great and easy to understand, nearly foolproof, instructions. And it doesn't break the bank. Great engineering here by Peter amd UJK!
This does exactly what it’s supposed to. Perfect accurate 20mm holes. Alignment is very tight and spot on. Worth the investment to either build your own MFT or replace the tops on Festool MFT products. Use a backer board to reduce tear out on the reverse side (it was still minimal without it). Take your time, the results are great.
For anyone who has used a Festool Multi Function Table and experienced the many advantages of a work bench top with precisely placed 20 mm holes that form true right angles for securing wood for cutting, sanding, routing, etc., this product is ideal for creating your own table tops, jigs, and whatever your imagination inspires you to do. Peter Parfitt, the designer, is an excellent wood working that adheres to exacting standards and, thus, has brought that same level of quality to the Parff Guide System. The manufacturer, also, has utilized the highest quality materials and machining to produce a quality product. A very fine product.