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Forum topic by sikrap posted 02-13-2010 11:23 PM 1275 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sikrap

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02-13-2010 11:23 PM

Well, I’m just about done with the router table (pics to follow soon). I have the top done, the plate installed and the router mounted. Now all I need to do is install the T-track for the fence and a slot for the miter track. The miter track will be easy, although I may decide not to bother, but I want to install some T-track to secure the fence. The routing for the track will be easy enough, but how do I square the end? I don’t want to have an opening. Chisel it out? Leave it and let the fence hide it? Say “to hell with it” and just clamp the fence? Thanks!!

-- Dave, Colonie, NY


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#1 posted 02-14-2010 12:36 AM

If your going to use a miter square or coping sled you will pretty much need it open on the end. Usually I just do a set measurement form the outside edge. Routers are centered in your work there not like a saw that you have to have it perfectly square with the blade.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-14-2010 03:57 AM

I know what to do for the miter track, its the Grooves for the t-track that I don’t understand. If I just rout dados to drop the track in, the dados will be rounded where I stop routing. The t-track will be square on the ends. How will I square off the end of the dado?

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#3 posted 02-14-2010 04:01 AM

You just carefully chisel it out.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 02-14-2010 05:30 AM

Okay, thanks!!

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#5 posted 02-14-2010 04:32 PM

Rather than chisel it out, try filing the track round on the end.

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com

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#6 posted 02-17-2010 08:10 AM

What’s funny, is that I’m at this exact stage myself!

I’m about 99% finished with my router table, and just need to rout and install the T-tracks, and miter track. I was pondering this very same queston!

What concerns me a little is getting the exact depth for the slots. I’ll be using a hand-held router, so this could be a little tricky. But I’m going ahead with it tomorrow. Wish me luck!

-- Dean

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#7 posted 02-17-2010 08:28 AM

Greetimgs Mean Dean: One sugesstion for you: When you rout for the T-Tracks, make the depth of the slots just a hair deeper than the depth of the T-Tracks. That way when you slide a workpiece across the router table, it won’t hang up on the edge of the track, and will slide smoothly…....good luck…... later.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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