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Forum topic by Gerald Thompson posted 06-15-2018 12:22 AM 495 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-15-2018 12:22 AM

I plan on installing a T-Track and miter track onto my old router table. What is the best distance from the tracks to the bit? What track should be closest to the bit?

-- Jerry

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#1 posted 06-15-2018 03:00 AM

Generally the track was to place a miter gauge into, so you could push through across the bit. In more recent years those tracks have evolved into a router sled, that registers off you fence. Do you have a secondary use you would want the track to be there for?

Now I highly advise them on your fence to add hold down finger jigs. I suppose you could mount a track out from the cutters on the deck to also add finger jigs, so you don’t need to endanger your own. There it would depend on the dimensions of the jig you are using. figure 1/2 to 1 1/4 for stock, so something that would be close enough to pinch something in that range into the fence. The ones on the fence are more important to me, because they counter against the bit trying to raise the work piece going through the cutters. If it moves up, you will get a noted fluctuation on your depth of cut.

Here is a sample of the router sled I mentioned at the beginning.

Probably hundreds of models online or you can make one at home, obviously less $$$ too.

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#2 posted 06-15-2018 11:50 AM

Thank you for turning on the lights. I have all of the aforementioned items and shall not be bothered with doing unnecessary modifications.

-- Jerry

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#3 posted 06-15-2018 07:07 PM

I don’t use the table track in my router table very often. Just once in a while for a featherboard. Therefore, if I were locating a track, I would set it mid-way in the adjustment range for the featherboards I intend to use.

I also have a T-track on my router fence, and that is quite handy for stop blocks and featherboards as well.

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