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post #1 of 10 Old 05-08-2013, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Router Table Fence Mount Question

Been looking at some router table plans and the ready-to-go tables at Rockler. I notice a "T" track (or combo track) in the long direction, for miter gauge/hold-downs/etc., seems to be pretty standard, but the fence hold-downs seem to be "T" bolts in slots that go all the way through the table.

Any reason why I couldn't use "T" track and "T" bolts to mount the fence also?
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No reason I can see not to do that and I've seen several manufactured tops using that configuration including this one..

http://www.woodcraft.com/PRODUCT/202...FStyQgodYVsAmA
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I would advise against using a "T" track to hold the fence in place.

Getting the front 'hold down' tack very close to parallel with the fence is important, most of the jigs that you build will be square to the fence. The jig will ride in the track and you'll square it to the fence. If the fence can move (As with a "T" track) it will and that will cause difficulty with your jigs.

Besides, bolts through the table top are cheaper and probably much better.

It's not to say you can't, just there are better alternatives.

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Bolt through because you won't be moving it great distances.

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I had one fence that used the bolt through method and very shortly changed it to t-tracks. Just easier for me to adjust and remove the fence when necessary. Any jigs I have made that use the miter track incorporate their own fence. That way there is no independent variable for controlling the stock position relative to the bit. JMHO but using a fence in conjunction with the miter track is an inherently bad idea, be it on a table saw or a router table.

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Appreciate the input guys.

Want to make sure we're all on the same page. My issue is the bolts that hold the fence to the table - and whether there's any issue with using "T" track vs. slots that go all the way through the table.

Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see why the fence would move if clamped down on "T" track but wouldn't move if clamped down on slots going through the table (or routed "T" slots as used on Norm's table).

My interest in the "T" track is because I'm thinking of a torsion box table where through slots would be more difficult to form than they would on a solid table.
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Appreciate the input guys.

Want to make sure we're all on the same page. My issue is the bolts that hold the fence to the table - and whether there's any issue with using "T" track vs. slots that go all the way through the table.

Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see why the fence would move if clamped down on "T" track but wouldn't move if clamped down on slots going through the table (or routed "T" slots as used on Norm's table).

My interest in the "T" track is because I'm thinking of a torsion box table where through slots would be more difficult to form than they would on a solid table.
I don't have any issues with the fence moving when clamped in a t-track. I do use the commercial, aluminum extruded tracks from Rockler/peachtree/etc. Routed in t-tracks will have a tendency to wear out with the frequency of the loosen/tighten cycles of a fence.

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Been looking at some router table plans and the ready-to-go tables at Rockler. I notice a "T" track (or combo track) in the long direction, for miter gauge/hold-downs/etc., seems to be pretty standard, but the fence hold-downs seem to be "T" bolts in slots that go all the way through the table.

Any reason why I couldn't use "T" track and "T" bolts to mount the fence also?
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My router table

I built my router table from scratch. I gleaned from other designs but ultimately built my own. I will post pictures later (at work right now).

I built the table much higher and bigger than most. Reason for higher is simple, I am 6'5" and bending down was not comfortable. Bigger so I could handle my Incra fence and do large panels.
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When I made my router table, I used t-tracks and t-bolts. I can take it all the way off, and move it all I want. I like the tracks better. just me.

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