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Forum topic by scribble posted 10-19-2016 02:29 PM 673 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2016 02:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig question router

I know people hate miter or t tracks in there router tables as it is a dust and chip collector. I have dealt with chips and such in my drill press table and table saw and am not concerned about a little extra cleaning. I trying to decide on whether to put in a combo track or just a miter or just a t-track. I know most feather boards will function in both track styles but just wondering if I need both.

If you have any tracks in your table please let me know your thoughts and pro vs con of one vs the other.

Thank You.

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#1 posted 10-19-2016 02:42 PM

It’s your build Do it to fit your way of doing things. I have miter slot in table t track in fence.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 10-19-2016 04:11 PM

If you’re not sure whether you want a miter track (or T track, build it without one and use it a short while. Should you decide you need one it’s not hard to add it to your table. It is, though, a little tough to remove it if you decide you don’t want it. I do have a miter track, and truthfully I don’t think I’ve used 5-6 times (RT is over 12 years old). I made my feather boards in a way that I use C clamps to hold them in place, same with the fence. It spans the table and I use a C clamp on each end to hold it.

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#3 posted 10-19-2016 04:17 PM

I use my router table T-slot for a miter gauge when doing rail end cuts. Keeps the rails exactly the same length (a good thing in raised panel doors.)

Other than that it’s a chip & screw catcher.


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#4 posted 10-19-2016 04:38 PM

I installed a combo T-Track and miter slot on my router table. Wouldn’t have it any other way. Use both the t-track and the miter slot on a regular basis.

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#5 posted 10-19-2016 06:31 PM

Certainly your call, but my tracks are a value.
I clean the shop after use. Those who do not, will be opposed to tracks. Don’t wanna try to work in a trashy shop.
Vacuum is my low cost helper.


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