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I'm planning to make a quick DP table with T tracks and all. Can't find a fence that's exactly what I want, so I thought to purchase some T slot profiles from 8020.net and make my own. I want a smooth face with T track on the top for stop blocks and on the back for mounting to an L piece, drilled for attaching all of that to the table.

So the perfect example I can find of this is this profile. Total materials here are 42 without shipping. The closest aluminum fence I can find is the Rockler one, but that's 70 bucks and isn't even that high.

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is the mdf front face necessary? Why don't most people just use aluminum?
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the MDF in the Rockler design provides a recess for the dust collector and (also) acts as a spacer for the sliding stop.

alot of folks face jigs & fixtures with sacrificial stuff like the MDF. were it wider it would also provide a clamp landing - clamping the aluminum can bend up slots/etc.

now, why the MDF with the slick white coating on a fence where you're trying to keep things still is a bit of a mystery . . .

I use a 2x6/2x8/2x10 clipped onto the metal table - it's long & wide enough I can clamp fences, stops, put in screws/bolts, whatever I need for the task.

and I just drill onto/into it . . . when it gets too ratty, I replace it - much more minor cost / trouble than the pretty stuff.
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Always good to have a larger DP table area. Have you looked on line for table designs that incorporate T tracks? Have seen some that are very effective - EZ build, that are attached to the original DP table, with 2 T tracks with adjustable hold downs, & a L shaped fence with a T track running on the top horizontal surface with a flip stop. Maybe design your own with the best features of other tables, but for whatever your project requires. Be safe.
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So the cost for me to get the fence parts for what I wanted was 61 with shipping, then the T tracks for my design were to be 49 with shipping. That's already $110. So I just ordered Woodpecker's table for $120. The time it takes to make one isn't worth near the $10 savings, plus it has the hold downs and flip stops. If I want to make a quick fence that's taller for stock, I'll just get a 24" piece of 3x3 aluminum for 15-20 bucks and drill holes for the T tracks.
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So the cost for me to get the fence parts for what I wanted was 61 with shipping, then the T tracks for my design were to be 49 with shipping. That's already $110. So I just ordered Woodpecker's table for $120. The time it takes to make one isn't worth near the $10 savings, plus it has the hold downs and flip stops. If I want to make a quick fence that's taller for stock, I'll just get a 24" piece of 3x3 aluminum for 15-20 bucks and drill holes for the T tracks.
That's a nice set-up. You won't regret it. Mine came with clamps that look cool but I end up grabbing my KREG Automax bench clamps instead. It's so fast to use that you actually use it.
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I made a dp table with t track for the fence. Just a 1 1/2" x 2" piece of qs oak and 2 ratchet knobs and t bolts. I used ratchet knobs because I had them. With a wider fence, any knob, not as wide as the fence would work.
I plan on putting a t track on top for a flip stop. Also shop made.
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I made my own, cost about 25 bucks for parts...
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I would have liked that but the T tracks and fence parts I wanted were too much to make it worth it.

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