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Just finishing my first router table. Can anyone tell me how far from center of bit to center of miter track? Wondering if there is an optimal distance for featherboard and other accessories. I am also installing t-tracks for the fence. Any reason to run these past the center as well? Thanks!
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Longer T tracks allow you to use the top as a clamping table. Remove the fence, and bit, use your imagination to make clamping jigs attached to the table top via the T tracks.
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Hi Roy

6" to 8" the norm to the center of the tee track,, it comes down to what size of mounting plate you are using..
If you are planing to use it for a sled go with 8"

below just one more way to put the tee track in place right on the edge,it's dual track..
I use the SWING type fence, it's so much quicker.
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Just finishing my first router table. Can anyone tell me how far from center of bit to center of miter track? Wondering if there is an optimal distance for featherboard and other accessories. I am also installing t-tracks for the fence. Any reason to run these past the center as well? Thanks!


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6" worked for the bought featherboards I have. Make sure you are using t-track/miter track.... dont think that just a "u" channel ( miter track ) will allow you to attach jigs and such. There is a miter t-track that is nice. It has a miter section of sorts that slides inside of the t-track. This way it can be used for both. My track for my fence does go past center (from back to front) so that when I have large diameter bits, the fence can cover all of the bit if needed. I missed this the first time around and had to go back and change things.
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I put a miter and 3 T-tracks on my top. The Ts give me flexibility to mount fences and hold-downs wherever I may need them.
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I put my miter track 1" from the edge of my 9"x 12" insert plate. My T-Tracks are 12" long and they are centered to the bit. I dont think they need to be that long but had the T-track pieces left over and used them without any further cutting.
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Thanks to all for your ideas. I am using Rockler T track, miter track, and 8.25"x11.75" aluminum plate. The t track fits perfectly inside miter track, so I can use leftover for sled or something else. I am sure after I use this for awhile I will find out what I should do differently the next time!
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A couple of additional points to consider.

First, Rockler sells hardware that will grip inside the miter track, so horizontal feather boards can be used with the miter track. But, the grip isn't as solid as that using T-track. Thus, having a T-track parallel to the miter track might be useful.

For fence-mounted vertical feather boards, the design of the feather board becomes critical, particularly with relatively short fences. If the "minimum" position of the mounting bolt slots are too far above the tips of the feathers/fingers, the feather board becomes useless for all but the thinnest of stock. (As you might guess, I made a couple of feather boards without thinking about that issue. )

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