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02-18-2012 02:09 AM

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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#1 posted 02-18-2012 02:14 AM

You and me both. That stuff is way to expensive

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#2 posted 02-18-2012 02:17 AM

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.

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#3 posted 02-18-2012 02:18 AM

Me three.

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#4 posted 02-18-2012 02:22 AM

The best prices I’ve found is Hartville Tools at

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#5 posted 02-18-2012 02:32 AM

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

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#6 posted 02-18-2012 02:36 AM

This is the cheapest I’ve found.

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#7 posted 02-19-2012 10:01 PM

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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#8 posted 02-19-2012 10:13 PM

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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#9 posted 02-23-2012 07:37 PM

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?

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#10 posted 02-23-2012 07:39 PM

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 02-23-2012 07:47 PM

It looks like this bit T-Slot Bits

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#12 posted 02-23-2012 07:50 PM

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

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#13 posted 02-23-2012 08:52 PM

That CMT bit looks excessively huge.

Lee Valley has some for 1/4-20 T-bolts that are much smaller:,46168,46176

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#14 posted 02-24-2012 03:25 AM

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.

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#15 posted 02-24-2012 03:37 AM

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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