Woodworking Accessories Alternatives
Inexpensive Aluminum T-Tracks!
Getting woodworking accessories in a country that woodworking is not a common hobby – actually there are no woodworkers here just cabinet makers – even the simplest things have to be imported and off course you have to wait for them.
Importing things from US by the time they arrive here the price number is doubled and that number is in euro now.
Importing from UK is cheaper but not always they have what I need.
From both places very few companies are willing to ship internationally most of them deliver locally, so that’s another head ague.
T-tracks are one of those accessories we all use and need but when you can get any, that’s a problem. The cheapest one I can get is from UK and will cost me 10.5 euro for 3 feet, that’s about 14.5 US dollars.
Then I came up with this idea (product) that is widely available and costs 1/3 of that price.
Curtain rail tracks…
Yes they work perfect, they are made from aluminum, are not thick but it will hold firmly anything and without any deformation. They are smaller is size only for 6mm (1/4) bolts (that’s good enough) and anyway I can’t get any of those flanged bolts here so I just get normal bolts and grind away the sites, they fit perfect. They do have one advantage that the shape of the T-track is such that there is no need to countersink just screw them with flat head screws.
Here is an example where I used them, on my drill press table.
Try them out and I am sure you will be more than satisfied.
Note: These tracks have been around as far as I can remember in my country. Don’t know where and if you can find them in yours.
-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions