Delta Shopmaster TS200LS miter slot

So, I've got this Delta TS200LS table saw, and it has a non-standard miter T-slot. It's just a skooch narrower in both width and height, but no standard accessories will work.
Anyone know where I can get T-bar to fit this bastard, so I can make my own accessories? I just need something that will slide in the slot and not pop out.
I already googled and couldn't find anything. I emailed Delta customer support and haven't heard back. Also, I couldn't find any accessories for this model on Delta's web site, so I don't think they're using a non-standard track to force you to buy their stuff. I'm considering buying a replacement miter gage, and cutting up the bar to use for jigs.
Sheesh! I knew that this was an inexpensive unit, but does custom T-channel really cost less than the standard stuff?
Thanks,
--- Chip
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Chip Buchholtz wrote: > So, I've got this Delta TS200LS table saw, and it has a non-standard > miter T-slot. It's just a skooch narrower in both width and height, > but no standard accessories will work. > > Anyone know where I can get T-bar to fit this bastard, so I can make > my own accessories? I just need something that will slide in the slot > and not pop out. <snip>
Why not make your own runners?
Easy, if you have a planer.
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: > Anyone know where I can get T-bar to fit this bastard, so I can make : > my own accessories? I just need something that will slide in the slot : > and not pop out.
: Why not make your own runners?
: Easy, if you have a planer.
Don't have a planer. Also, for hold-downs and some other things I'd prefer something that won't pop vertically out of the slot. I've got some leftover 1/4 x 1 that I could probably hand plane down to the right thickness, and I suppose I could make T-shaped runners to fit the T-slot by routing little rabbets on the sides.
More trouble than I wanted, but it probably builds character.
Here's a crazy idea: Can I use a PC 690 router on aluminum? Maybe I can cut the slots to a standard size. I'm guessing woodworking bits wouldn't work so well on aluminum, though.
--- Chip
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Chip Buchholtz wrote:
| Here's a crazy idea: Can I use a PC 690 router on aluminum? Maybe I | can cut the slots to a standard size. I'm guessing woodworking bits | wouldn't work so well on aluminum, though.
A less crazy idea: take careful measurements and take them to a local machinist and pay him to make the guides out of steel. I think you'd be dollars ahead.
I've routed aluminum (using an end mill at much lower RPM than the 690 can deliver and at a very carefully controlled feed rate) with some success on a ShopBot, but wouldn't even try it with a hand-held router.
With the router under computer control, I still needed one hand for coolant (WD-40 aerosol can) and one hand for the compressed air nozzle (to clear the chips). I broke three carbide end mills in the process of getting the spindle and feed speeds right. You /might/ do better but, then again, you might not...
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: A less crazy idea: take careful measurements and take them to a local : machinist and pay him to make the guides out of steel. I think you'd : be dollars ahead.
That's a good idea, especially since I happen to have access to a machine shop complete with machinist.
Thanks aeveryone for the ideas,
--- Chip
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On Wed, 30 May 2007 15:53:30 +0000 (UTC), "Chip Buchholtz"

Is it new? Take it back. I'd bet a ton that it is not non-standard, but only defective, that is the chinese factory missed the dimension. Used a worn out slot cutter. It is not unusual for them to "fix" a problem by making a batch of undersized miter gage bars to include with the bad saws.
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: >Sheesh! I knew that this was an inexpensive unit, but does custom : >T-channel really cost less than the standard stuff?
: Is it new? Take it back. I'd bet a ton that it is not non-standard, : but only defective, that is the chinese factory missed the dimension. : Used a worn out slot cutter. It is not unusual for them to "fix" a : problem by making a batch of undersized miter gage bars to include : with the bad saws.
Unfortunately, not new. I finally got around to making a featherboard and, Surprise!, none of the hardware works.
I've got a scrap of oak stair tread, and my current plan is to make my own bar stock using a router table and table saw. If that doesn't work, I may look into getting a machinist to make some.
Thanks everyone for your ideas,
--- Chip
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