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Look how many different ideas people have. That's great !!
Unfortunately for me, all the t and key slot cutting bits are out of the question because I just can't get them here.
I have found in the last week a place that sells a type of t track, either singular or double with a space between.
It's actually for hanging curtains. Pretty cheap too.
Have gotten no where with my jig though.



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Bob, the problem is that my router as with most european routers. uses bits with an 8mm shank. Not many of them on those sites. Also the postage and import costs basically double the price of anything I would order from there.
I live in constant jealousy of all the things available cheaply to Americans.
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Hi Gav

I know it is additional expense, but I'd try to get a router that will do 1/2" and 1/4" bits. The range of bits for them, in my experience, is vastly wider than are available in 8mm and I don't just mean in Croatia. Manufacturers don't seem to do that much of a range in 8mm. I think some of it is that the markets that take 8mm are not much into hobby woodworking and focus more on commercial work with wood shapers.
A second router is always useful. Bosch and Makita stuff are around and even if they don't come with the other collets, people like El-Al can get them. Check the second hand mags.
A day out in Graz or Trieste (for CMT stuff)could be useful and fun.

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Hi Gav

I've just been doing some checking. CMT seem to do a decent range of 8mm stuff. I don't know their Croatian agents but they are

HUDEK DOO ZA TRGOVINU,PROIZVODNJU I SERVIS ALATNIH STROJEVA
SUNEKOVA 145, ZAGREB - 10040 (Croatia)
Phone: 00385 1 2983130 Fax: 00385 1 2984494

You could see if they stock much.

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Hi Peter,
I have considered that if I get into woodworking more I may get a router that takes 1/2 and 1/4 inch bits. The amount and costs of bits available is certainly advantagous. Untill then, I'm stuck with my 8mm green Bosch pof1400(i think that's what it is) It's actually pretty decent with elctronic speed control, soft start, light, and micro adjust depth.
I've discovered an Austrian company here called Schachermaeyer, who have the curtain t track and I can order festool router bits through them (all 8mm). Little pricey for the bits though. When I first saw their site, I had hopes of getting all soughts of specialized woodworking stuff as there was a picture of a 'hold down clamp' on their homepage. Alas when I got there I realised that they are geared towards tradesmen that make cabinets from particle board and mdf in the quickest cheapest way possible. Still good to know they have some things I may want.
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I know them. I've been to their place. They do their catalogue as a DVD if you twist their arm. They also seem to wholesale to other outlets because my local place can get anything in the Schlachenmeyer catalogue but, as you've seen, they are not geared to our sort of market and aim at a particular industrial one.
Whilst it is surprising that in a country of 4.5M people, much of it covered in forest, there aren't more hobby woodworkers, I think we've exhausted most of the possibilities.
Shame about Pevec going, who had a better selection than most.

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I suspect Peter that most hoby wood workers here are old and use more hand tools than we'd like to.
It is a shame about Pevec, they had a better range of wood machines than most, but surprisingly didn't have a big sale before they folded and closed their doors.
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You could well be right. A friend mentioned that one of the guys I went mushroom hunting with was a hobby woodworker and I went round to see him. Whilst he had a lot of tools, he didn't have a router. Given the limited range of cutters available round here I suppose it is not so surprising. He does make some nice rakija though! He also had a nice compressor for spraying with, which I don't have, so all was not lost.

I was sorry Pevec closed so quickly. It will be interesting to see what happens to all their stock. They had been running it down for a couple of months. I'd gone there looking for a decent pillar drill but all they had were three phase ones. Einhell assured me they could order them from them, but I guess they were no longer ordering anything.

(For those not knowing Pevec, they were a national chain of Home Depot type big shed operators. They were the biggest of their type in the country. There are others like Bauhaus in Zagreb, but over here in Istria there was nothing really comparable as our year round population for the whole county is only 250,000, so there isn't enough of a market for other ones.)

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Peter, probably a lot like Alaska... 1,717,854 km2 for about 750,000 people. One edge is about half the people live in one city (Anchorage) and its vicinity. If you live in a remote part, there are villages without a bank or cash machine, and the only way in and out is by air (in the winter) as no roads there exist.

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Peter, probably a lot like Alaska... 1,717,854 km2 for about 750,000 people. One edge is about half the people live in one city (Anchorage) and its vicinity. If you live in a remote part, there are villages without a bank or cash machine, and the only way in and out is by air (in the winter) as no roads there exist.
Back to barter then ! We are Ok for cash machines, although fuel stations are spaced out more than I was used to in the UK. Curiously, gas stations (gas not gasolene/diesel) seem more frequent. As my Santa Fe runs on dual fuels, this is handy. About half our population in Istria is in one city, Pula, which used to be the naval base for the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Something that won't surprise you there, but surprised me this morning, was snow. We don't usually see any in Istria. It is only a dusting though and by the time I got to the office in Porec, which is about 200ft lower, it had already disappeared.

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