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Forum topic by Adrian A posted 04-14-2014 10:44 PM 852 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Adrian A

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04-14-2014 10:44 PM

Ive seen some tables where the t-track goes through the edge on the front, and some where it stops before a frame is added around the table.

Which is better, and why?

I plan on making one this weekend.

Thanks :)

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#1 posted 04-14-2014 10:50 PM

Let the T-track pass all the way out the front of the table. That way you can slide accessories on and off, rather than tediously twisting off the knob each time.

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#2 posted 04-14-2014 10:55 PM

I made mine with the “T” track through the front edge so I can insert the “T” bolts through the front edge easily

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 04-14-2014 11:07 PM

Thanks!!! Now its obvious. Thanks for saving heartache

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#4 posted 04-14-2014 11:08 PM

No problem…good luck with your DP table

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#5 posted 04-14-2014 11:33 PM

All things considered equal, you’d likely have a slight (very slight strength) advantage with the middle of the table framed. Some might consider it more aesthetically pleasing. I will be making one for mine with the track going all the way through for the same reason mentioned above, so whatever fixture I have can slide all the way through.

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#6 posted 04-14-2014 11:36 PM

Still a couple of things to consider,,,,picture moving your fence ,,,, and at the same time wanting it to be perpendicular to the sides. Say like drilling multi holes down the sides of a shelf upright for shelf pins. Oh some 1 1/2”- 2” in from the f & b side edges. Some where along both of those T tracks it would be nice to have a recessed rule, so you could quickly slide your fence to both of the measurement and tighten down to have you fence set at something close to running parallel to the bit. Then a have a parallel fence to slide your upright along. Along with (If possible) for the fences knobs high enough to be able to access with ease.

I am going to have to build another coming from a small bench top DP to a 15” floor model. Having to reach behind for my knobs and using a tape to square my fence, I came across Stumpies Idea on a sliding fence locked down with one knob sliding along a side external wood track. The more I think about his idea and go back once again to see it over the better it looks on my new built com’n up. You might have a look see over at his site/idea for your fence. You still might need those T track though.

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#7 posted 04-15-2014 06:58 AM

I came to my own conclusions about T Track, Fences etc. and what they do and don’t do along with a few other things.

So I ended up designing my own top. It’s in 2 Parts. If there’s anything here that might help, please feel free.

Questions? Just ask. More than pleased to help.


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#8 posted 04-15-2014 10:53 AM

neverenougftackle- No need for the fence to be perpendicular to the sides of the table. I spent tons of time getting my fence set perfect each time I set up for the drill press. It dawned on me that it doesn’t matter. As long as you don’t move your fence after drilling your first hole, you can slide your workpiece along the fence and the point below the drill bit will always be the same distance from the fence. Same concept works at the router table

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#9 posted 04-15-2014 12:04 PM

Clean out is easier with through tracks.

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#10 posted 04-15-2014 03:57 PM

Hi june bug, But the long side support is what I am after. Once I got use to it ,it sure took away a lot of “adjustment to making due”. One of the reasoning why I have decided to build the bigger one not transfering the smaller one from my older bench top DP, also by using the already there bigger steel tables support in this floor DP, in making my new WW table 28” and maybe even wider. On the much smaller Delta bench top DP I had to buy a pair of these 12” steel rollers, then fasten to the ends of the table top top a pair of adjustable to raised 2×4’s at the ends of the bench that the DP set on. In order to raise any material to the level of that DP bench top for longer and varied thickness of any projects for their support.
I see your point in where if I set that fence at any arbitrary catty corner angle across that DP’s table top as long as that drill bit’s fence was at the 1 1/2 – 2” away from that bit for say, drilling shelf pins. Then slid my material across that fence so would my holes be in a line. But again its a lot longer to the floor on a floor model (plus the raised wheeled move-about I added) for any outside support, than that bench top had, thus at least in my case I am looking for ward in this build for a wider ( with the added side support) of this bigger table. I only want to build this once, and looking at options, came across Stumpies idea.

Curious though I did notice, in looking at the images there at Google, there is a lot of these bigger WW tables, other WW have built wanting that extra support also. It all a matter of what fits who.

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#11 posted 04-15-2014 05:27 PM

Mine has through tracks as well. Much easier to insert hold down clamps. If I were to build a new dp table today I’d build it the same way.

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#12 posted 04-16-2014 03:59 AM

UH HUN. It “Dawned” on you also did it? Me Also 1492 Days Ago.

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