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Posted on Need advice on T track installation in work bench

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#1 posted 02-19-2018 10:16 PM

Thanks for the comments/advice. I ended up holding the tracks out from the rear wall 1/2”, leaving a square gap that allows t-bolts to be put into the tracks.

To clarify for Tony:

For simplicity’s sake, picture a regular work bench mounted to a wall in the garage. It is 24” deep, from front edge to to the wall. I have 24” tracks running from the front edge of the bench back to the wall, so that a miter fence can be mounted and slid front to back to match the saw itself. The reason why I wanted it to be adjustable is so that it can be removed from the bench, or adjusted for other uses. The miter fence itself is a 36” piece of multitrack with “L” brackets that attach the fence to t-bolts which ride in the track.

The tracks are set into the benchtop, which is trimmed in maple. With the only way to get t-bolts into the tracks being an open end, I was trying to find a solution that allowed me to insert and remove t-bolts into the tracks without having to hog out a hole in each track or in the maple trim. I ended leaving a big enough gap between the wall at the rear of the bench and the rear end of each track, so that a bolt can be inserted there. The front end of each track butts right up to the maple trim that runs along the front edge of the bench. It makes each track a “dead end street” for the t-bolts, but the front edge of the bench has a clean finish.

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