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Forum topic by jcsom posted 11-04-2009 05:37 PM 2776 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-04-2009 05:37 PM

Does anyone know of a source for a steel miter track/slot?

I have a homemade router station with a combination T-track/miter track, but it’s aluminum. The problem is the miter bar on my coping sled is also aluminum, and when it slides through the aluminum track the bar and slot both eventually develop little burrs and the sled no longer slides smoothly. I’d like to replace the aluminum track with a steel one, but have had no luck finding such a thing. Anyone?


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#1 posted 11-04-2009 06:01 PM

I would check out Rockler and MLCS and Woodworkers supply.

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#2 posted 11-04-2009 06:27 PM

You could also try Lee Valley

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#3 posted 11-04-2009 06:28 PM

What about replacing your aluminum miter bar with one made from steel? Ttrackusa sells steel miter bars in addition to aluminum t-tracks.

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#4 posted 11-05-2009 01:46 AM

Aluminum track and steel bar for the gauge. No probs. Alum to alum will get some galling.
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#5 posted 11-05-2009 05:40 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately, no luck at Rockler, MLCS, WWS, or Lee Valley. Anywhere else I might try?

As for a steel bar in the aluminum track, I’ve actually tried that, but have had similarly poor results. It seems like the aluminum track is just too soft to maintain it’s interior width for a decent amount of use. Then I end up with too much slop between the steel bar and the track to be acceptable. I’d really like to have a steel bar and steel track.

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