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Forum topic by copcarcollector posted 11-04-2012 04:44 AM 1082 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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copcarcollector

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11-04-2012 04:44 AM

Newbie here, forgive me!!

I have added some Rockler T Trak to a countertop / workbench I am making. Honestly I just wanted to mess around with the T Track, hold downs etc.

My question is, does anyone make a bolt for the T Track that you can insert in the middle of a run of track, then turn 1/4 turn, and clamp down with the knob or jig or whatever. I figured the T Track bolts worked this way, but the bolts I have don’t – I have to slide the bolt in from one end, the run it all the way down the track to wherever I want the clamp. I have a 16 foot run of track, maybe I should have investigated how T Track works first!

Any help or insight appreciated. When I was working in theatre lighting we had basically the same thing upside down on the ceiling, but we could slide the bolt (nut technically) in the track, then make a 1/4 turn and it would engage the rails, then tighten it down. I can’t recall what that track was called——Ahh – Unistrut.
Jef

If I have not explained what I thought the bolts would do, let me know.


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Loren

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#1 posted 11-04-2012 05:01 AM

You want a drop-in nut or drop-in stud. You can get them
for 80-20 type profiles. T-track is typically shallower,
but you can grind the stud head down.

For that matter carriage bolts could be ground down
to function as drop-ins.

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#2 posted 11-04-2012 05:05 AM

Loren, thanks for the response. Never thought of grinding down the head. Don’t have to buy anything to solve this problem!!!

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FirehouseWoodworking

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#3 posted 11-04-2012 05:11 AM

You may also be able to use toilet flange bolts. They have the two sides of the head flat rather than a round head. They are designed to do exactly what you want to do, except they are used on the toilet floor flange. they should work in T-Trac.

Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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cutworm

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#4 posted 11-04-2012 12:23 PM

I did that with carriage bolts. I ground 2 sides flat. At your local ACE Hardware they have a section for specialty bolts. My bet is that they have them but it will cost you.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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