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I am building a router table with a t-slot/miter gauge slot for my shop. I am at the point where I plan to install the miter slot/t-track into a routed grove and was wondering how others have attached it. It calls for wood screws inside the t-slot into the table. But I am thinking that the t-slot will take alot of stress with various jigs and perhaps it would be better to epoxy the t-slot into the grove. Just looking for some experience with others in the building of their tables.
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I am building a router table with a t-slot/miter gauge slot for my shop. I am at the point where I plan to install the miter slot/t-track into a routed grove and was wondering how others have attached it. It calls for wood screws inside the t-slot into the table. But I am thinking that the t-slot will take alot of stress with various jigs and perhaps it would be better to epoxy the t-slot into the grove. Just looking for some experience with others in the building of their tables.
Hi Chase - I assume the table is MDF. IMO the absolute best way is through holes with machine screws, flat washers and nuts. That said I have used SPAX screws in MDF successfully. I'm not wild about epoxy as it is difficult to get spread thinly and evenly and also is VERY permanent. Should you ever want to remove or change that track for some reason, something will get torn up.
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If you're lazy like me, and don't want to fuss with a miter track, don't install one. You can easily clamp featherboards, etc to the top, and use a sled that rides the fence or template guide.

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I agree with Doug. You can attach in different ways with clamps, and for side or upper uses for safty accessories, attach them to the fence. Use clamps, or install a sacrifical fence to the table fence.

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I agree no miter slot on either of my router tables.
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I agree...I don't use a miter slot either.

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miter slots rule
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Hi Chase - I assume the table is MDF. IMO the absolute best way is through holes with machine screws, flat washers and nuts. That said I have used SPAX screws in MDF successfully. I'm not wild about epoxy as it is difficult to get spread thinly and evenly and also is VERY permanent. Should you ever want to remove or change that track for some reason, something will get torn up.
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Thanks John...I appreciate your response. The table is MDF laminated on both sides. I want to have a Miter Track for stile & Cope jointing. I agree with you on the permanence of the Epoxy....just was wondering what others have done. What mechanical fasteners would you suggest besides SPAX.....?
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Thanks John...I appreciate your response. The table is MDF laminated on both sides. I want to have a Miter Track for stile & Cope jointing. I agree with you on the permanence of the Epoxy....just was wondering what others have done. What mechanical fasteners would you suggest besides SPAX.....?
Thanks in advance.
Hi Chase, I used #8-32 flat head machine screws with nuts and fender washers on my drill press table. The Woodpeck table top I have came with the combo track and it used 1/4-20 machine screws with nuts and flat washers. Wood screws will work fine but drill pilot holes close to the root size of the screw. MDF likes to "erupt" around screws if you try to use them as self tapping. This will leave a little hump around the screw and won't let the track sit down flush.
Are you planning a slot guided sled for the cope and stick joints?

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Thanks John: I was planning on drilling counter sinked holes for the wood screws into the MDF.....the 'pillowing' has happened to me before.
I didn't think about a machine screw through bolted. The table is 1.5 inches thick and with the track and washers it might be a long bolt and with a #8 diameter...wouldn't that have a tendency to break or twist under pressure? And I was planning on building a sled myself....I have a template that looks good. I have been trying to build my tables, sleds and push sticks for practice as I am a rookie.
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