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Blog entry by Dan Thomas posted 08-02-2018 05:01 PM 1417 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Why spend money on buying t-tracks, when you can cut your own t-slots, or make your own t-tracks, using specialized router bits? I demo a $14 bit, and a $35 bit. Believe it or not, I like the cheaper one better!

Includes tips for sharpening router bits, and setting router table fence distance.


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



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#1 posted 08-02-2018 05:47 PM

dan i just dont think tracks cut into my table tops are going to hold up under heavy use for the long haul,i just trust the metal for long term.good idea though.

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

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#2 posted 08-02-2018 06:31 PM

Depends on what you use them for. I agree that if they’re going to be under a lot of stress, then they may not hold up. But for everything else, I don’t see any reason for them not to work great.

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

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#3 posted 08-02-2018 07:22 PM



Depends on what you use them for. I agree that if they re going to be under a lot of stress, then they may not hold up. But for everything else, I don t see any reason for them not to work great.

- Dan Thomas


true i agree dan i think its an inexpensive way to add a t track that wont get a lot of hard use.love all your tips,keep em coming buddy.

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

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#4 posted 08-02-2018 07:47 PM

Thanks. I had meant to talk more about things like expansion, and durability, and that this may or may not be the best idea, but I kind of got distracted by something else, and forgot about it. Oh well, no such thing as a perfect video. ;p

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

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#5 posted 08-03-2018 07:56 PM

I tried cutting T slots into the MDF spoil board of my CNC router using the Rockler bit. My experiment was a failure. The shoulders of the slot aren’t nearly strong enough for the application.

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#6 posted 08-03-2018 08:26 PM

Yep, I discovered that also. :)

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

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