If you find yourself in need of T-bolts, a cheap solution is "Toilet Bolts." Lowes and Home Depot have 1/4" and 5/16" diameters in various lengths.
I use them, too. I also have a bunch of Rockler T-bolts. What I don't like is buying aluminum T-track at about $6-$7.50 per foot. I can't find a t-slot router bit that is 9/16" diameter, which is what the slot needs to be so either the T-bolt or the toilet bolt can be used. (The toilet bowl bolt head is smaller than Rockler's T-bolt, but not by much. The slot bit for the Rockler bolt head is wider and allows the toilet bolt to spin inside the track.) What I've been doing is making T-bolt slots by routing a 9/16" slot at 3/16" deep in the base material (eg 1/2"ply) in 2 passes with a 1/2"diameter straight bit. Then gluing down 1/4" ply. Last, I rout a centered cut through the 1/4" ply at just over 5/16" wide, so either diameter bolt can be used, whether Rockler's or a toilet bolt.
Bolts and nuts maybe, even then bolt standards have many variations. Many many more than what the average consumer is aware of.Maybe I am missing something, but there should be an ISO or NIST standard for T-tracks that are commonly used in woodworking (and I presume other industries), and the bolts that fit them, so that everything works together.
Balkanization of T-tracks is absurd. I get so tired of industry "lock-in", whether in woodworking or anything else.
The last woodworking show here in California was 5 or 6 years ago at the Orange County Fairgrounds. For the past few years, there haven't been any west of the Mississippi. There is the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas, but I think its focus is more on industry than individuals like me. I may go someday just to see what it has to offer.Would either #1 buy it at the woodworking shows and find the best parts or #2 buy from the same manufacturer...
A lot of hobby woodworkers were buying this stuff left and right and finding problems with it.
It's an Internet world. No one really needs the shows anymore unless you go to Georgia and looking for high end equipmentThe last woodworking show here in California was 5 or 6 years ago at the Orange County Fairgrounds. For the past few years, there haven't been any west of the Mississippi. There is the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas, but I think its focus is more on industry than individuals like me. I may go someday just to see what it has to offer.
When I asked why we haven't had the regular woodworking shows for several years here in California, someone on WoodworkingTalk replied, "Because all your trees burned down." :-(