Anyone make a T-Track with a keyhole bit? - Router Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Chris
Posts: 1,298
 
Default Anyone make a T-Track with a keyhole bit?

I'm thinking about trying to make a T-Track in a 3/4" plywood bench top with a keyhole bit. Has anyone tried this, and if so, how did it work out?
Chris Curl is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 12:26 AM
Forum Contributor
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Country: United States
First Name: John
Posts: 3,046
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris Curl View Post
I'm thinking about trying to make a T-Track in a 3/4" plywood bench top with a keyhole bit. Has anyone tried this, and if so, how did it work out?
Hi Chris - I haven't done it but don't see why it wouldn't work. Only thing I can think of is the larger width may not be as wide as you would like which would mean multiple passes and the slot also correspondingly wider. The "lip" would be fixed by the bit configuration.

John Schaben

The problem with experience is I usually get it immediately after I need it.
jschaben is offline  
post #3 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 12:38 AM
Registered User
 
DaninVan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Country: Canada
First Name: Dan
Posts: 13,965
 
Default

Hey Chris; this is obviously a fairly common application as T-slot hardware is available. Here's Lee Valley's latest on-line catalogue supplement.
See pg.11 item F
Lee Valley Tools - Online Catalog
It actually makes sense from the point of consideration of structural integrity, although installation could be a pain in some cases(?)...
DaninVan is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Chris
Posts: 1,298
 
Default

Dan, I realize you can buy T-Track. That is not the question. The question is if anytone has made a T-Track in wood with their router and a keyhole router bit, and if so, how did it work out.
Chris Curl is offline  
post #5 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 03:04 AM
gav
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Country: Croatia
First Name: Gavin
Posts: 777
 
Default

I recently used my keyhole bit to put a t slot in a piece of oak. It worked fine.
I have yet to test it's capabilities though.
I'm not sure that doing it in plywood is such a good idea given it's layered structure, there might be a chance that any hardware that's in the slot could catch and individual layer and cause it to lift.
One other tip, run a straight bit first to clear the way, then run the keyhole bit.
gav is offline  
post #6 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 04:06 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Country: United States
First Name: Larry
Posts: 2
 
Default

I recently snagged the Rockler T Slot bit when it was on sale. I've used it to slot both 3/4" Oak Plywood and MDF ... both are holding up fine so far ... I guess alot depends on how much clamping pressure you need. The Rockler bit requires that you first cut a 3/8" slot. Once you have the 3/8" slot, the Rockler bit cuts a slot 5/8" wide by 1/8" deep slot for the head of the bolt. As John indicated, I think that much will depend on the profile of your key hole bit, and I second Gavin's suggestion to cut a slot with the straight bit first and then use the key hole bit to cut the slot for the head of the bolt ... most likely will require a pass down each side.
LUnger is offline  
post #7 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Chris
Posts: 1,298
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DaninVan View Post
Hey Chris; this is obviously a fairly common application as T-slot hardware is available. Here's Lee Valley's latest on-line catalogue supplement.
See pg.11 item F
Lee Valley Tools - Online Catalog
It actually makes sense from the point of consideration of structural integrity, although installation could be a pain in some cases(?)...
Sorry Dan. I double checked the page you referred to and saw that you were talking about what I was asking about. Sorry again.
Chris Curl is offline  
post #8 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 10:12 AM
Forum Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Country: United States
First Name: Bj
Posts: 23,786
       
Default

Hi Chris

I do it all the time but have Not had good luck with plywood (junk wood) the slots look good but don't stand up well and you want the item you put in the slot to move free and easy and the plywood likes to break off easy in the slot and jam up the slot.

===
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris Curl View Post
I'm thinking about trying to make a T-Track in a 3/4" plywood bench top with a keyhole bit. Has anyone tried this, and if so, how did it work out?



"It's fine to disagree with other members as long as you respect their opinions"

Marc Sommerfeld Tools ,Videos
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT-n...RWaEpMA/videos

Find all threads started by bobj3
http://www.routerforums.com/search.php?searchid=944097


bobj3 is offline  
post #9 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 11:35 AM
Registered User
 
DaninVan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Country: Canada
First Name: Dan
Posts: 13,965
 
Default

No problem, Chris.
I actually missed the point that you were talking about using the slot without track hardware...bad assumption on my part. I do like Lee Valley's flanged extrusion idea , however (the link I posted previously). That would eliminate Bobj3's really valid concern about T slots.
DaninVan is offline  
post #10 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Chris
Posts: 1,298
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bobj3 View Post
Hi Chris

I do it all the time but have Not had good luck with plywood (junk wood) the slots look good but don't stand up well and you want the item you put in the slot to move free and easy and the plywood likes to break off easy in the slot and jam up the slot.

===
bob, do you use the "keyhole" bit, or do you use the bit specifically made for making the t-tracks?

also, what kind of wood do you use? how about pine?
Chris Curl is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Router Accident - Trying to understand what happened Darryl Shop Safety 170 07-07-2017 07:44 PM
3/4in Depth cut rabbeting bit Rell Router Bits - Types and Usage 5 01-20-2012 12:16 PM
How to Make a Picture Frame learnexperience Table-mounted Routing 10 09-24-2011 05:48 AM
What diameter bit do you use to make cutouts? Skyglider Router Bits - Types and Usage 6 03-05-2009 12:14 AM
RouterForums Amateur Night Rabbet bit Tables reible Router Bits - Types and Usage 1 10-10-2004 10:03 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome