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Forum topic by NY_Rocking_Chairs posted 08-17-2008 01:16 PM 1026 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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NY_Rocking_Chairs

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08-17-2008 01:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question router

I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the Rockler router bit set for making your own wooden track…
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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, www.nyrockingchairs.com


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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 08-17-2008 02:48 PM

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 08-17-2008 04:49 PM

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 08-17-2008 08:48 PM

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

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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Roper

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#4 posted 08-17-2008 08:53 PM

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

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#5 posted 08-18-2008 12:54 AM

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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Greg Wurst

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#6 posted 08-18-2008 02:27 AM

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

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SCOTSMAN

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#7 posted 08-18-2008 10:38 PM

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

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