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Installing T-Tracks

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Blog entry by Dan Thomas posted 07-25-2018 10:15 AM 869 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Learn the least-messy way to cut t-tracks, how to make dados for t-tracks using either a router bit or a table saw with a normal blade, and how to install t-tracks in the dados using the proper screws to give you the best holding strength. Also learn some tips for cheap t-bolts.


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-- Newbie Dan, https://www.youtube.com/c/thenewbiewoodworker



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Redoak49

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#1 posted 07-25-2018 10:37 AM

I would never cut metal on my Sawstop. No matter what, you will get some metal down in the saw.

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Dan Thomas

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#2 posted 07-25-2018 12:42 PM

In the case of aluminum, it’s not enough to trigger the brake. But I don’t blame you, either. :)

-- Newbie Dan, https://www.youtube.com/c/thenewbiewoodworker

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pottz

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#3 posted 07-25-2018 01:33 PM

i installed t track on my assembly table using a router on a track.i cut a total of about 25’ of dadoes burned up the bit and made one hell of a mess in the process,but it was worth it the track system is well used.the only problem with tracks is they constantly get filled up with sawdust and the bolt wont slide easily and have to get blown out.great video dan.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Redoak49

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#4 posted 07-25-2018 02:23 PM

Aluminum will trigger the brake. All you need is for a piece of kerf to get between the blade and brake. You will have aluminum bits down in your saw. I am not going to risk $125 or so when it is a 2 minute job with a hacksaw.

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Dan Thomas

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#5 posted 07-25-2018 03:18 PM

Redoak49 – Strike my last post. I’m typing a new one, because I just realized what you were saying.

-- Newbie Dan, https://www.youtube.com/c/thenewbiewoodworker

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Dan Thomas

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#6 posted 07-25-2018 03:26 PM

Redoak49 – So you’re saying that you think a piece (or pieces) of aluminum shaving can get between the brake and the blade, and that will trigger the brake, right? I think that is extremely unlikely, especially considering how small the aluminum shavings are, and how much of a gap there is between the brake and the blade – at least a credit card’s width.

But, I honestly don’t blame you for not doing it. Better safe than sorry – I get that. Especially for something so easily cut by hand. Like I said, I get it. I don’t personally agree that the chance of an issue is even close to worrying about, but as I said, I get you.

And I promise you that if I ever end up being wrong, I’ll make sure to post about it. I just hope I have cameras running at the time. :)

-- Newbie Dan, https://www.youtube.com/c/thenewbiewoodworker

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Dan Thomas

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#7 posted 07-25-2018 03:30 PM

pottz – Thanks. I don’t have an issue with getting a lot of sawdust in my t-tracks. For my drill press table, I have a vacuum hose right there, so whatever dust doesn’t get caught by the vacuum during the cut, is easy to sweep up after.

I hope that makes sense. If not, I have a video on the subject: https://youtu.be/cjdX4k6rsFI

-- Newbie Dan, https://www.youtube.com/c/thenewbiewoodworker

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#8 posted 07-31-2018 03:54 AM

Toilet hold down “T” bolts quite well for me and standard PVC style purchased or hand crafted nuts fit.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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