I'm building a router table and have done some research on t-track to
use for the fence and miter slot. At this point I'm confused as to
which vendor to buy from. I've looked at track from MLCS, Rockler and
Woodpeck. They all appear to be different sizes and incompatible with
each other. Does anyone have advice on which vendor to pick?
My router table will be an extension wing on the table saw. I'm using
a Woodpeck plungelift and a Dewalt 621 router I picked up at a pawn
shop. I plan to make a split fence that slides on t-track and has a
track for installing featherboards, stops, etc. I don't have an incra
fence but I may add an incra jig ultra next year....
I mostly plan on doing raised panel doors and joinery.
Any advice would be appreciated!
On 24 May 2004 19:44:49 -0700, email@example.com (todd1814) brought
forth from the murky depths:
Keep researching. T-track is shaped with an upside down T opening.
Flatheaded bolts slide into them and hold things in position. They're
used for movable stops, fences, etc. [Figure B]
U track is what miter gauges freely slide on. [Figure A]
Most featherboards work in U tracks and expand to the sides to bind
from moving once positioned.
Goto http://www.leevalley.com , Search for "track",
Click on "Jig & Fixture Extrusions". [Figures A-C shown here]
Lee Valley also has good pricing on various knobs, bolts, threaded
rod, etc. for jigging and fixturing.
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Thanks for the info and taking the time to answer. One thing I want
to point out though, is that T-Track is also used for Miter slots.
Some tablesaws come with a machined T miter and several companies make
T miter track you can drop into a router/drill press/etc table.
On 25 May 2004 16:39:41 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (todd1814) brought
forth from the murky depths:
And they're a PITA. Ask anyone who has one. Bothersome binding.
I took one "feel" of one (eons ago) and said "Feh!" Incra's use
of a UMHW PE slide might make theirs worthwhile for jigs, and
the price ain't too shabby, is it?
Wow, their jig knob selection is inexpensive (1/3 LVT prices!), too.
(Hmmm, where's my short crowbar?)
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Get a standard 3/4 x 3/8 Ttrack that will take all the
fittings/gauges/etc that you have for your table saw.
Avoid the mini-tracks, as they will require special fittings on
feather boards/miter guages/etc
Wayne replied to my similar question, about a recent review of T-track,
by writing "American Woodworker magazine issue #107 for May 2004 had
one. It was all t-track." I found the article. Their best pick was
As for _miter_ track, I have no idea.
Have you gone to ttrackusa.com? I really liked their extrusions and
used them extensively in my own router table. They also make an awesome
router fence at a very reasonable price. But the best part is their
service. They really took very good care of me whenever I placed an
order or followed it up with a question. Stay away from the Hartville
stuff as it is very poor quality overall. The extrusions are not
anodized but are only dyed if you can believe that ...
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