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Forum topic by JohnPField posted 06-21-2020 11:42 PM 311 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JohnPField

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06-21-2020 11:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router table top t tracks melamine

I’m making new table top for my router table. Using ¾” melamine played to ¾” plywood. Where should the dados for the T tracks START and END in relation to the front and back of the top?


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#1 posted 06-22-2020 12:21 AM

Assuming you mean T-Tracks for a fence to ride in, they should be set so the face of the fence can move forward all the way past the bit. Probably by an inch or two depending on how large the bits are you’re planing on using. The other end would run all the way out the back of the table top, so you can get the T-screws into the slots. And also to give you maximum capacity between fence and bit, which is helpful if you plan on routing dadoes in the middle of a panel.

If you mean T-track running parallel with the fence, for using featherboards and such, then I would guess 4 to 6 inches in front of the bit. Maybe buy/make the featherboards first and see where the slot needs to be.

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#2 posted 06-23-2020 01:47 AM

Agree with Walker – fence tracks should run right to the back side of the table to allow mount/dismount of the fence. Build brackets into the back of the router table to hold the fence below the table height – I often end up using the router table without any fence for routing edges on large panels.

The T-track running parallel to the fence should extend to both sides of the router table – you want to be able to insert T-screws to hold featherboards and fixtures from either side of the table. Mine is about 6” from center-line of the bit but that fits the featherboards I have – your mileage may vary.

Need I mention that the track running parallel to the fence should be wide enough to allow the use of a miter gauge?

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#3 posted 06-23-2020 05:51 AM

+1 for a miter gauge track. My miter track is about 5” from the bits center running side to side.

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