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Need advice on T track installation in work bench

by AndyDouglass
posted 02-12-2018 02:37 PM


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Tony1212

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#1 posted 02-12-2018 02:59 PM

That’s a lot of information, let’s see if I got the gist of it:

Having a long bench with a lowered section in the center for a miter saw is relatively common. So that makes sense.

The back of the bench will be along the wall. And there is a wall at each end of the bench “wings” (left and right)? So that the bench is enclosed on 3 sides?

You want to add t-track to each “wing” of the bench. Starting at the miter saw and extending to the left and right? You will use this t-track as a way of positioning stop blocks for the miter saw?

Finally, you are concerned that you will not be able to access the t-track because the walls on each end of the bench will be butted up against the track?

My first question would be, can you access the t-track from the miter saw area?

My second question would be, are you sure this is the best application of t-track in your project? What other ideas have you considered and why did you reject those ideas?

There are plenty of videos on people making miter saw benches on youtube. Check those out and see if anything helps.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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Rich

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#2 posted 02-12-2018 03:14 PM

Some brands add openings every so often, so you don’t have to start at the end each time. I had already installed Incra brand and decided to drill my own. You can get by with a 1/2” bit, since that’s the corner-to-corner measurement for a 1/4-20 bolt head. Also, be sure to take a good, sturdy block of wood for a guide, drill through it, and use hold-downs when you go to drill the track, otherwise the bit will walk around uncontrollably.

There are other possibilities as well, like burr wheels. Whatever works for you.

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#3 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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