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06-06-2013 11:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig question hardware

Hi Folks
Where do you purchase the aluminum C-Channel, T-Bolts, Hold Down Clamps, Knobs etc for making your own jigs
It would have to be easier to make jigs, router tables, Drill Press Tables etc with these components in stock
Attached is an example of a jig for making tenons on the table saw that uses this sort of hardware


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#1 posted 06-06-2013 11:33 PM

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#2 posted 06-06-2013 11:37 PM

Where do you purchase the aluminum C-Channel, T-Bolts, Hold Down Clamps, Knobs etc for making your own jigs

I think you mean “T” track….as it uses “T” bolts for accessories…Here’s 3 sources of many
Peachtree Woodworking

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#3 posted 06-06-2013 11:41 PM

perfect! thanks guys
this is a lot of links so fast – you guys must be all over it ha ha

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#4 posted 06-07-2013 12:50 AM

The above llinks are great. One thing to determine is what size of C-channel to use. Some takes 1/4” bolts and others will take 5/16” bolts or hardware. I have used the 1/4” and have been very happy with them. The best thing to do is to watch all the links and wait for sales

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#5 posted 06-07-2013 01:38 AM

lee Valley has good prices on knobs and doo-dads. The problem
is you have to anticipate your needs. If you walk into a
store like Rockler or similar, the prices tend to be a LOT
higher. Same with hinges.

Toggle clamps I have a bunch I’ve acquired over the years,
but if I need a new one in a special style (there are a lot
of different types), I usually go to ebay. There’s a
Good-Hand office near where I live and they were very
helpful many years ago on a walk-in basis, but in the
next town over from a major importer where you can
walk in and talk to an engineer is not a replicable situation.


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#6 posted 06-07-2013 01:47 AM

The best place I have found to buy t-track is here.

-- Thank goodness I don’t do this for a living, because I would surely starve.

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#7 posted 06-07-2013 01:50 AM is having a good sale right now on knobs and track.

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#8 posted 06-07-2013 02:00 AM

Lots of good sources have been listed, but remember this…

You don’t always need that stuff! For some jigs, it’s plenty to screw stops in place, and next year, when you use the jig again, unscrew the references and move them to a new spot. I do this with my taper jig. So many leg tapers use similar settings, I just screw the blocks in place.

If it’s something that gets used often, and settings change, t-track and other hardware makes good sense. For infrequent or one-off stuff, always remember that shop jigs don’t need expensive hardware, complex adjustibility, nor beautiful finishes… ;^)

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#9 posted 06-07-2013 12:34 PM

Try Incra or Woodpeckers. Both American companies making quality products, and they are good people. One of these would be my first choice. Peachtree woodworking supply is another good sources for knobs, track and other jig hardware things. Not sure, but I think Kreg might be getting into this line too.

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#10 posted 06-07-2013 12:45 PM

Woodpeckers appears to do a TON of manufacturing for other brands. I’ve recognized many Woodpeckers items branded as Kreg, Pinnacle, and more.

So… If you don’t like the color of something, keep shopping!

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#11 posted 06-07-2013 01:12 PM

Also check out McMaster Carr#. They supply an unbelievable amount of hardware for jigs and fixtures.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 06-07-2013 02:35 PM

Reid Supply also has a lot of and occasionally has a sale that
makes some items very reasonable. You have a lot of choices here, now all you have to do is choose and
have fun.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#13 posted 06-07-2013 02:42 PM

Here’s a fathers day sale on hardware kit and other items you need to use a code of DAD13 to get the sale price

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#14 posted 06-07-2013 03:02 PM has t-track for about 1/4 the cost of rockler, woodcraft, etc.

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#15 posted 06-07-2013 03:23 PM

For t-track I like rockler. Their track can be used with 1/4” and 5/16” t-bolts and 1/4” hex bolts.
If you catch their t-track kit on sale you get a bunch of knobs and t-bolts too.

Mcmaster carr is another great source for knobs.

For toggles, amazon or the toggleclampstore.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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