I finally got around to putting some T-Track in my drill press table. I
had some knobs and bolts left over from a T-Track kit that I had bought
previously, so I didn't want to spend money on hold down sets that came
with knobs and bolts.
I found this design on the Lumberjocks site and since I had some aluminum
stock lying around, I made a couple. Quick and easy. The part that took
the longest was letting the Plasti Dip dry between coats.
The aluminum stock is 1/4" x 1" x ~6"
Next task is to upgrade my fence to work with the T-Track.
The only minor issue I see is drilling through and hitting the table or
the track. Thus, a piece of scrap wood under the project piece would
I have a two track set-up with a fence and a square opening through the
table for the bit to pass through the main piece. Works well.
Mine is similar except instead of the center track I have a 3" wide
slot, front to back, that holds a piece of sacrificial MDF. I can slide
the MDF out a bit to renew the spot where the bit makes contact.
Additionally I use the 2 side slots to hold a fence in place.
On Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 1:07:41 PM UTC-4, Leon wrote:
Well, since it's 34 and snowing sideways today, I decided to spend the day
in the shop.
I made a fence that mounts in the side T-Tracks and also routed out a 3" x 3"
pocket to hold the sacrificial MDF.
The square is off-center so I can rotate the MDF 4 times as I need a new
landing spot. I made the pocket 1/2" deep and stacked two 1/4" MDF squares.
That way I have an on-site spare. I also cut a couple of extra squares
which I'll store in a place that will be perfect for them and that I'll
never forget. ;-)
I looked at a bunch of different lay outs for tracks on a DP table. 2, 3,
front to back, cross-ways, plus fences that swivel, etc. I thought about
how I use the DP and I think the current set-up will work. If not, I'll
add to it. I've lived with just a bare table for years, figuring out clamping
strategies and fences as needed. Today's mods will be a huge improvement.
If the weather is as sucky tomorrow as it is today, I may make one of
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