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Forum topic by live4ever posted 06-15-2010 08:58 AM 1766 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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live4ever

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06-15-2010 08:58 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question t-track mdf router fence jig

I’m making a router fence for my table saw extension router table. The faces are MDF. I was planning on placing t-track in the front face. Do I have to glue/epoxy/cement it? I know screws don’t hold very well in MDF but I don’t like to epoxy my t-tracks down if I can help it…

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#1 posted 06-15-2010 09:47 AM

you might consider drilling holes all the way through the MDF and then using machine screws with washers and nuts rather than screws. That will prevent pull out without having to epoxy your t-tracks.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#2 posted 06-15-2010 10:01 AM

Ah good idea Greg! I will have to check and see if that interferes with the aluminum angle support but hopefully it should be ok…

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#3 posted 06-15-2010 08:00 PM

Greg—good answer. I had to do that on my drill press table. The screws pulled out under medium pressure.

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#4 posted 06-15-2010 10:37 PM

Kent—my drill press table was exactly where I got the idea. It was the only way to prevent pull out and get the kind of pressure needed to hold pieces in place. Seems to be a common issue on that application.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#5 posted 06-15-2010 10:40 PM

I use T-track on the MDF back of the miter saw extensions. I did what others did. I drilled all the war thru the MDF and used a screw, lockwasher, flatwasher and nut. It works great.

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