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Has anyone had any experience using T-track on the top of your workbench, instead of bench dogs? I could see some advantages…easy adjust of hold downs or stops anywhere on the track. Also, you could design carriers that would slide into the T-track to hold tools you use occasionally, like dovetail jigs.
 

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Sounds like an idea worth trying. I wouldnt completely skip bench dogs, but options are always good.
 

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I've not used T-Track, but I like the idea. I embedded a Bora clamp into a bench. I then swapped it out for a Woodcraft brand because the head was shorter. It worked great. I may have to try the T-Track soon, very clever idea.

I've also considered inlaying some magnets or steel plates just under the surface for use with magnetic clamps. Maybe imbed the plate, and have a very very tiny layer of veneer over it. One day maybe.
 

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it really depends for what purpose. but theoretically they would be weaker than a benchdog. A benchdog relies on the thickness of the entire benchtop for it's strength, whereas the T-track relies on the screws holding the T-track. plus as mentioned, a bench dog is fast and height adjustable, and can be put out of the way, whereas the T-track and accessories will be more cumbersome to deal with.

not saying it won't work, I've seen posts of people putting those in benches, but personally, I think it's too much hassle for no real benefit.
 

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I incorporated t-tracks into the end of my workbench for a planing stop and along one side for a utility fixture ( http://lumberjocks.com/projects/18261 ) ... works great. Just make sure you attach with longer. heftier screws than you might otherwise use.

The t-track along the side of my bench should be longer … I have 3 fixtures that I can hang on it (power center, tool tray, and small clamp rack) and could use more.
 

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Here is solutions to the problems you guys stated above that deal with a t-track bench..

Gregn: To remove dust from in a t-track just use a shop vac hose over top of it. To remove glue just run a bolt back and forth in the track to scrape off the glue. If you meant by "dinged" that the aluminum track would get dented then just make sure its mounted flush with the table top/surface (or 1/32 below).

To give the track more strength you could use long coarse screws and even some epoxy or contact cement.
 

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I put a t-track across the far end of my workbench (opposite the end with the vice). I also ran that t-track along the side of my workbench about half way to form an "L" with the t-track.

I also have holes for bench dogs that work in conjunction with the vice.

I also installed two plates for Kreg Hold Down Klamps.

I have 3 ways to secure work to my workbench: bench dogs, t-track and Kreg hold down klamps. Whenever I can, I use the Kreg hold down Klamps, they are very secure and very easy to work with. In some other applications, the bench dogs work best. I very seldom use the t-track and, in retrospect, I wish I had not bothered to install it.

If you are not familiar with Kreg hold down klamps, here is what I am talking about - there are at least 3 versions - they really work great.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=21459&filter=kreg%20clamp
 

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This is true ChrissCarr, I was merely pointing out some of the disadvantages and offering alternate suggestions. I understand that these are easy fixes to minor problems it may create. It can be a pain if you have to stop and do this in the middle of a project though.
 
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