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Peteyb

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07-29-2014 01:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: rockler t-track

I am thinking about making a assembly table like the woodwhisper did with a torsion box top. My question about is that I think I would like to add another 3/4” MDF to the top so that I could put some t-track in it. Do you think that this would defeat the purpose of a flat surface. I am thinking with the t-track I will be able to line so many different things up to make this a really nice assembly table.


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#1 posted 07-29-2014 02:05 AM

I see no reason why one would negate the other.

Kregg, Incra, Woodpeckers, Rockler, etc. They all seem to have their own version of an assembly table top and ALL of them use some sort of track with various clamps, etc.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#2 posted 07-29-2014 07:28 PM

Timbertailor that was what I was thinking also but all of the ones you talk about are so small. I am thinking about building my top to be 42” x 72”. This way I think it gives me enough room to cut sheet goods if needed and us as an outfeed table for the table saw.

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#3 posted 07-29-2014 08:40 PM



Timbertailor that was what I was thinking also but all of the ones you talk about are so small. I am thinking about building my top to be 42” x 72”. This way I think it gives me enough room to cut sheet goods if needed and us as an outfeed table for the table saw.

- Peteyb

Just track up one corner how you like it and then you can always add track later, as you find use for it.

I like the Kregg idea of having two perpendicular fences for clamping and keeping things square. Just depends on what use you find in it. I do a lot of face frames so being able to clamp near the edge is a good thing.

If on a budget, try to incorporate any other clamping tools you have into the design. I share some of my drill press table clamps and fencing to keep costs within reason.

A bunch of track with 4 ways can get expensive quick on its own.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#4 posted 07-30-2014 03:54 PM

I watched that WW torsion table build video and it’s on my very long term list of things to do. Please let us know how it goes for you.

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#5 posted 07-30-2014 04:06 PM

I built the WW assembly table, but I put mine on casters. As a reference, if you put yours on casters, be sure to use all swivel casters, and be sure to include casters under the center portion of the cabinets. I opted for casters only on the outside four corners and the center of the table sagged about 1/32. Also I did 2 swivel and 2 fixed casters, and this makes the table really hard to move around.

Tracks would be really cool. I often clamp stuff to the table top and wish I had a track or something else to get surface clamps.

-- -Dan

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#6 posted 07-31-2014 03:20 PM

Whatever you do, don’t make your table as thick as Marc did. His was way, way overkill. You need a table that is mostly flat. A very thin (2”) torsion box or even just a sandwich of MDF supported by a web frame or something would be perfectly adequate. Marc’s second assembly table ended up being a lot closer to what I’m talking about than it was to his first, ridiculously overbuilt one.

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