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Chase

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03-07-2011 06:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig resource

I am looking for a source of 1/4-20 T-bolts and jig hardware like the set found on rockler.
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=22011&filter=t%20bolt

It is a nice set, but 80 bucks is a little steep. Am I being unreasonable, or is the fact that it says “woodworking” on it means the price is double what you can find elsewhere. my hardware stores don’t have t-bolts and mcmaster doesn’t seem to be much help either. Does anyone have a cheaper source of jig hardware?

-Chase

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.


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ksSlim

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#1 posted 03-07-2011 06:30 PM

T-bolts = “Toilet bolts” or flange bolts in the plumbing section of your local Hdw store.

My local Ace Hardware also stocks knobs and “T nuts”

Many T tracks work well with hex head 1/4×20 bolts.

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#2 posted 03-07-2011 06:31 PM

Chase, you could try this site. http://t-nuts.com/index.php They have a pretty good selection of parts for jigs.Also Lee Valley has a lot of parts at this link. http://www.leevalley.com/US/hardware/page.aspx?cat=3,43576&p=61994

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Terry Ferguson

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#3 posted 03-07-2011 06:33 PM

Chase -
I buy hardware online from McMaster-Carr in California. They have a huge online catalog.
Even with handling and shipping, I find they’re prices to be fair and my order is shipped right to my home.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#4 posted 03-08-2011 01:03 AM

I have bought “T track” sets from rockler to make shop jigs with. In them were about 5 times as many knobs and bolts as I need. I now have a drawer full of them. I paid as little as $11 for some of these kits from Rockler when they were “on sale”.

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#5 posted 03-08-2011 01:42 AM

For things like this, I usually go with Rockler. They offer a wide variety and the prices are reasonable (but not great). They often have free shipping specials. Also, I always get very fast delivery (2-3 days). Of course, it is not that far from Minnesota to Iowa.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 03-08-2011 02:50 AM

yep, what ksSlim said….. you can get toilet bolts in 5/16 also. I use both 1/4 and 5/16 toilet bolts. I use a 1/2” picture hanging bit w/the router, (make a slot 1st w/table saw, then run the picture hanger bit through the same slot) then hit the toilet bolts on the grinder just a bit, a little parrafin wax, and, voila. you could make your own knobs with some scraps using the t-nuts. I’ve used the caps off of Ocean Spray Juice jugs like these: They make really great knobs.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#7 posted 03-08-2011 02:51 AM

I’ve bought them from Lee Valley in the past. They always stick
it to you in retail stores so it pays to buy these things through the
mail.

http://www.leevalley.com/en/hardware/page.aspx?cat=3,43576,61994&p=61658

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ChunkyC

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#8 posted 03-08-2011 02:57 AM

I agree, John bolts is the way to go for sure. I think I get a set of 2 at Menards for a couple of bucks.

I sometimes get knobs from McMaster Carr. You have to sort of watch some of their prices but overall, a lot cheaper than “specialty stores” for sure.

Good luck!

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Chase

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#9 posted 03-08-2011 03:22 AM

Well thank you to everyone for the advice, but looking at it the rockler kit is still cheaper per item. If I need a bolt or two, I will follow some of your methods though. Thanks!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#10 posted 03-09-2011 03:04 AM

thnx a bunch for that link there Richard. looks like they’ve got some good offers there

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#11 posted 03-09-2011 03:17 AM

Keep in mind when ordering from Lee Valley that they charge you $11.95 shipping for a $5 order or a $99 order. I like their products, but usually try to get together a large order to spread the cost of shipping.
Mark

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 03-09-2011 06:36 PM

A really good source for all kinds of hardware, including jig supplies, is McMaster Carr#. They have t-nuts , knobs, aluminum extrusions, fasteners, nylon and plastic, ect., ect., etc. Their catalog is over 4000 pages. I’m 40 miles north of Atlanta. If I order from their Atlanta warehouse in the morning I get it late that afternoon. Their service is wonderful and they usually have most things in stock. I assume that they have warehouses all over.

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#13 posted 03-10-2011 04:04 AM

Roger, your welcome I just found it myself and plan on putting a list together for them.

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#14 posted 09-27-2013 06:02 PM

I like those Ocean Spray knobs. I am using a hole say to cut knobs then using carriage bolts or t-nuts as applicable, but those bottle lids sure give a dressy look. I’ll see if any lids fit my current knobs.

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Eddie_T

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#15 posted 09-27-2013 06:06 PM

I also find that hex head bolts don’t slide so well in T-track. I found this out after being well into my project and I substituted bolts with counter-top connecter nuts which slid well in the t-track.

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