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Forum topic by NY_Rocking_Chairs posted 2194 days ago 1017 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the Rockler router bit set for making your own wooden track…

I know when I was a kid my dad managed to make some of the track without these bits, but he cannot remember how he did it.

-- Rich, WNY,

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#1 posted 2194 days ago

I’ve looked at those bits also. At $140 a set I think I will experiment with other solutions first. I had thought of using rare earth magnets but DaveR’s observation that one would still need to match the commercial stuff has stumped me (the matching not DaveR’s comment). The ball and stem approach looks pretty clumsy in my view so I’m still working on a solution.

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#2 posted 2194 days ago

I looked into this a while back and determined I could buy ready-made track on the Internet as cheap if not cheaper than I could buy the wood and make it.

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#3 posted 2194 days ago

Why can’t you use a dovetail to connect the tracks?

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#4 posted 2194 days ago

the dovetails wouldn’t fit to the commercial tracks, but it would look great, and very original.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#5 posted 2193 days ago

Guess I’m thinking if you’re going to spend $100+ for track bits, you probably aren’t thinking about using commercial tracks.

Then again it’s alot easier and cheaper to make a couple of home-made to commercial adapters.

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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#6 posted 2193 days ago

For the cost of the bits you can buy a lot of track at IKEA.

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#7 posted 2193 days ago

I would trry dowels as oposed to dovetails since they are easier to make and use.Yes once again a good idea too expensive to make a one of for your grand kids they would need to be used much more than this why cant we do a service whereby we could rent the cutters for a week at a time any real damage could be covered with insurance seems you could do this with items such as these .Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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