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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-12-2009, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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I am ready to rout the top of my table for t-track and miter track. The table is going to be table saw mounted and is about 27" by 42". I am planing on placing the router on the end of the table closer to the table saw blade. I have noticewd that quite a few tables don't even have t-track but it seems to me to be a good thing. The router is going to be mounted in the center of the table front to back. My questions, finaly, are this. Is there a general consenus on the track layout. How far from the router to place the miter track and the fence t-tracks. Thanks for your help.
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Hi Melvin, How close will your router be mounted to the closest miter track on your saw? do you need dedicated tracks on your router table?
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If I mount on the saw side of the table the center line of the router will be about 20" from the nearest t-track. You raised the other question I have, do I need a fence seprate from the biesmier fence as I am not inclined to used a split fence. If I don't need a fecne that only leaves, I guess, only the miter track. Soooo, how far from the center of the router should I place the miter track. Thanks for your help as any advise you can give me will be appreciated. cya, Melvin
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If you don't typically need/use a split fence... I guess you could make the Biesemeyer work for you... admirably.

For the miter track... what will it's main function be for you, i.e. featherboard holder, need the track for a jig that your Biesemeyer won't work right?
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I just thought it might be helpful to have a miter gage track to use when needed. Maybe a duel track I have seen which has both miter track and t-track. I am guessing about 4" or so from the center of the router. Thanks, Melvin
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Sure, 4" or closer ought to work great. I've seen lots of pics of the track just outside of the mounting plate. Sounds like you'll have a reeealy nice setup.
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Hello Melvin, Glad that you are here. You can add the track, but you may find that the track may be full of chips, and cause some troubles. I always use a board to add a tool, or something mounted. Then you can to move when not in use. Some swear at them, and some swear by them. just thought you might want to hear another side of the issue.

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Good point dutchman 46. You know, after thinking about it for a moment... even though your table saw fence is really nice, a Cadillac for what it does, there really is something to be said for the other type of fence, however you mount it. When you just need to take off a nidge (practically unmeasureable slice), the other type fence (mounted on two ends), lets you bump just one end of the fence to take off what would be double the movement of the whole fence moving the same amount. Hope that make sense...
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Thanks for the reply. Are you talking about a track for the miter gage or the fence. It seem you would need a track for the miter gage or ??
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Sorry Melvin,

My words didn't catch up with my thoughts... here's a pic:



Using this type of fence, you can adjust either the left or right side (one side at a time), and effectively half the movement of the entire fence moving the same distance. You can use a t-track or some clamping mechanism to hold your fence location. As dutchman 46 said, some don't like the track idea since it'll get clogged up, but some don't mind keeping it cleaned out.
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