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Mainiac Matt

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921 days ago

I’ve got three shop projects cooking that require extruded aluminum T track….. Same type stuff available at Rockler.

I’m also interested in the profile that has the measuring tape slot for use with a stop block on a fence.

I just can’t bring myself to pay $30 for one 4’ piece.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!


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madts

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#1 posted 921 days ago

You and me both. That stuff is way to expensive

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 921 days ago

I might add make sure you can use normal 5/16 or 1/4 bolts for jig making as well. That proprietary nonsense is a bit much.

http://www.eagleamerica.com/prod_detail_list/miter_track_t-track

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hhhopks

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#3 posted 921 days ago

Me three.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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DamnYankee

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#4 posted 921 days ago

The best prices I’ve found is Hartville Tools at hartvilletool.com

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HorizontalMike

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#5 posted 921 days ago

I buy from 80/20 INC.. Their 1in T-track is superb and reasonable.


http://www.8020.net/T-Slot-1.asp

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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bondogaposis

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#6 posted 921 days ago

This is the cheapest I’ve found. http://www.ttrackusa.com/

-- Bondo Gaposis

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MrRon

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#7 posted 920 days ago

I found McMaster-Carr to have the best prices; example: 48” T-track for 1/4” bolt- $11.55. You have to pay S&H, but you also have to with any other companies.

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#8 posted 920 days ago

Cheapest T-Track = Use a Keyhole Router Bit in your Router.. I do it all the time and it’s awesome.
Make your own in PLYWOOD or Acrylic, then cut your track to whatever width you want and glue it into your project. If your project is already made out of PLYWOOD, just cut the slots right where you want them. If you want a WIDER slot than 1 pass makes, just move it over a fraction & make another pass… :)

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Mainiac Matt

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#9 posted 916 days ago

I’ve considered that David….

The Rockler bit I’ve seen, only cuts the slot…. you first have to make a pass with a 3/8” bit.

The bit you show, looks like it does it all in one pass.

Have you used that bit? If so do you rout tha slot first with a straight bit? or do you hog it all out in one pass?

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Mainiac Matt

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#10 posted 916 days ago

Do you have a McMaster p/n Ron…

I’ve been jon their site a couple times and all I’m seeing is the four sided stuff that is used to build machine frames.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#11 posted 916 days ago

It looks like this bit T-Slot Bits

-- --- Richard Jackson

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bugz

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#12 posted 916 days ago

I like to wait untill Rockler has it on sale as a kit, I think there is one 4’ piece and a bunch of hardware for 14.99. Been a couple years since I bought some, but it has worked for everything I needed. As for a great deal, just let me buy it first and then it is sure to be on internet the next day for half of what I payed. Thanks, Bob

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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peterbb

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#13 posted 916 days ago

That CMT bit looks excessively huge.

Lee Valley has some for 1/4-20 T-bolts that are much smaller:
http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=51233&cat=1,46168,46176

-- Peter

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 915 days ago

I have a similar router bit that doesn’t have the cutters on the shaft. I cut a 1/4” dado on the table saw and then rout the t track. This method uses the dado to guide the cut so you don’t have to use a jig or straight edge.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#15 posted 915 days ago

The bit is called a “KEYHOLE ROUTER BIT” not a T-Slot Bit.
and yes it cuts the groove all in 1 pass.
Here’s 1 at Home Depot
Here’s more at WOODCRAFT

If you just do a GOOGLE search for “buy keyhole router bit” you’ll find lots of links..

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