Manufactured by Veritas®, Parf dogs were designed by Peter Parfitt, an online reviewer and regular contributor to woodworking magazines. Parf dogs let you take advantage of the CNC produced grid of holes on the Festool MFT/3 multifunction table. The dogs are available in two sizes: 10mm high bench dog(504542) and 70mm (504543) high Parf dogs. By using a combination of bench dogs and Parf dogs to position your work and guide rail, you can easily achieve accurate repeatable cuts at 45° and 90°. Machined from stainless steel, each dog has a post that fits into the 20mm holes of the MFT/3 table top. Each size of dog is supported on the surface of the bench by a thicker boss or collar, 25mm in diameter and 10mm high, which provides a good bearing surface and stability in use. For additional security, each dog has a threaded hole to fasten it from below the table with an MFT3 accessory clamping knob (not included) or an inexpensive knob available separately.
The two types of dog can be used for a variety of different purposes. Aside from its use as a low-profile stop, the small dog can be inverted and inserted from below the table top to exploit its M8 threaded through hole as an anchor point. The bench dogs can also be used to accurately set up the fence and guide rail on the MFT3 and the Parf dogs are great for making trammels for circular or arched router guidance. If you don't own a Festool table then a super accurate DIY cutting table can be produced utilising the 102278 Parf Guide System and 19mm MDF sheet.