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Chase

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1235 days ago

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 1235 days ago

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.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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Richard

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#2 posted 1235 days ago

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 1235 days ago

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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Jim Finn

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#4 posted 1235 days ago

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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richgreer

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#5 posted 1235 days ago

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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Roger

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#6 posted 1235 days ago

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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Loren

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#7 posted 1235 days ago

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 1235 days ago

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 1235 days ago

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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Roger

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#10 posted 1234 days ago

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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mchuray

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#11 posted 1234 days ago

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 1233 days ago

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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Richard

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#13 posted 1233 days ago

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

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Eddie_T

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#14 posted 300 days ago

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 300 days ago

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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