I am making a jig for mortising for my router. The plans call for T-Track,
which I think is kind of expensive for me. Can someone suggest another
channel track I could use or make. The track is for sliding the stops into
place and locking them down at the appropriate place, and also for a fence.
You could make a track in the top with a keyhole bit. First, you cut a slot
in the top with your dado on your table saw. Then you make the slot into a
t shape with your hand held router, router fence, and the keyhole bit.
That is just one way, It is by no means the only way to get the job done.
Have you looked at the cost of t-track? Do you know that it is available
from multiple manufacturers and sources? It's usually inexpensive and no
other commercialy available channel track does the same thing. The only
other option is buying a t-track router bit which might cost as much or
more than the track you need.
Uh, seriously, he can't need that much T-track. As someone has pointed out,
for $11, Rockler will sell you 4 ft. of T-track, plus 8 T-bolts, 4 star
knobs and 4 T-knobs. You are both welcome to get the dado set and glue out,
but for $11, I'd rather be making the finished product than re-inventing the
How exactly are you installing the t-track into a table/fence without
getting out the dado set, and what magical force is keeping it in
there? And I'm pretty sure I can get mine out and have the glue dry
before Rockler can ship me anything. But I was just responding to the
notion that buying the track or the router bit were the only options.
I'd prefer to have metal on metal, but it does work and it's not
In my case, I bought Rockler T-tracks and cam-nut sets. I'm attaching them
to the *ends* (or sides) of both a router table and band saw. I had to
make a block that the track screws down onto, then the block is bolted onto
the side. No modification to either top. Wish I had a micro-adjuster, but
for the cost, can live without it. Will *try* to remembr to post pictures
on binaries hg when done.
The cheapest T-Track I have seen is Shop Fox, you can order it from
Grizzly. 3' for $8. Locally I have found it for $10 for 3'.
Or, you can cut some from hardwood. The router bit is one way. Another
is to form it from 2 strips of wood. Let's see if I can do it with
ASCII art. You need to display this with a fixed pitch font, like
Here's a cross section of a piece of wood, grooved on the edge:
Then remove part of the top lip:
Now you need 2 of these pieces that are mirror images. You can glue
| <- glue
T-track! Saw it in a book by Nick Engler.
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