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Hi could anyone tell me which would be better a slot like in kreg tables or T track for an incra base setup. I have an incra 43" table which is 43" deep x 24' wide. With this table set up for the original incra jig it has to be mounted on a ply/mdf base across the back of the table but adjustable forward and backwards. I am not sure how to set up this adjustment travel. I can cut a slot about 26" long on either side about 4' in fom each side but worried about weakening the table. The other option is to rout out for an aluminium T track and bolt thru the table either side. The table is 1.25" thick
Any suggestions for a first time poster and newbie at woodworking especially routing. I will have Triton TRA001 setup with an aluminium wooed peckers plate in an Incra frame
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usually a T track is only used for clamping stuff down, like the fence.
A U channel or slot track is used for stuff that needs to move across the table, like a mitre fence.

Best of both worlds would be a small length of T track front to back either side of the router to hold the fence tight, and a slot across the width in front of the router to allow the sliding mitre to travel across.
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I have no idea what the question is.
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I probably didn't describe it properly. What I meant by slot is the full depth of table slot where you put a bolt right through the table and slide it backwards and forwards in a long slot
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I have no idea what the question is.
Pretty basic really what do normal tables have on them for locking down fences, slotted holes right through the table or T track
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T track. Slotted holes will weaken the top and it is much slower to bolt something through the table but at the same time I have no idea what you would need to attach to the table that would require that. Many of us don't have t track or a miter slot. You don't have to have either one but some like them. It's a matter of preference. The last fence I made I used t track. This one and all the ones prior to the last one got clamped with F clamps to the table. You can clamp featherboards too if you make them long enough.

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Thanks for that I will go with T track. The Incra setup requires a sliding adjustable ply wood base to traverse the adjustment required when doing dove tails and box joints
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Thanks for that I will go with T track. The Incra setup requires a sliding adjustable ply wood base to traverse the adjustment required when doing dove tails and box joints
Welcome to the forum carrie You do not sound like a woodworking newbie.
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Welcome, Carey...

I may have missed it...are you installing the Incra positioner...? the 17 or the 25...?

Are you talking about a base to mount the positioner to that needs to move ? or are you installing your own fence and it needs to move 26"...?

As I understand it, the base for the Incra does not need to move 26"...just wondering...

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I'm with Nick here. The 43" table from Incra comes predrilled for the positioner base (3 pairs of holes if I recall correctly. If you're using the 17" LS positioner, use the front (closest to the plate) holes most of the time, and it's less than 4 minutes to move to the back position for the times you need to be farther back. Unless your work requires switching between the two on a regular basis, i'd not cut the table. If you have to change that often, i'd probably think about picking up a 25" positioner--the arm itself can be bought to swap out--or pick up a 25" system and sell the 17" and one might net a little less out of pocket cost.

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