Sorry guys, still not sold
Just means I need another dedicated board to store and keep track of and my shop space is a real premium.
There is also no reason for tracks to be snag points. If the track is proud of the surface, that is what routers are for. If below the surface, there is plastic shim stock available down to, at least, .0005. Frankly, I have a bigger issue about snagging at the insert as the inserts I have vary in thickness. Shoot, the insert rabbett in my MLCS plate varied in depth over .010 from one side of the opening to the other. I read in another post Rousseau plates are slightly convex, wish I had known that when I was shopping for a plate.
The solutions for clamping featherboards sans mitre track still do not address the issue of controlling end grain cuts. I suppose some sort of sled could be built but that raises the issue of storing an additional piece. With the mitre slot, I can use the same mitre for the table saw or the router table.
As far as slots being dust collectors, well everything else in the shop is, why should they be different? I keep the vac handy anyway and just tag the table along with everything else.