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I am in the process a making a router table. My question is do i need both a miter track and t track on the table itself?
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Hi Ian. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

Miter track(slot) or t track? In my opinion, and that is what this is, MY opinion, you don't need either. The bit is round... it will cut from any direction. T track and miter slots limit you as to where you can put your fence. Having said that, it's entirely personal preference as to whether or not you install/use them. I prefer using a sled of some form for those times you need to position your work "just so" in relation to the fence.

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Miter Track no, T track can be helpful for holding featherboards, etc.

I don't have either in my table.

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So far I haven't needed either. The feather boards are working OK just by being clamped in position, either on the fence or the table. And the fence is clamped in position.

I personally don't want to cut anything else in my table top because it will be used for a lot of other stuff besides routing.

My coping sled follows the fence so I don't need a miter track. I had one in my old table top but only used it for feather boards.

Check out Steve Ramsey on You Tube. His router table has a fence that clamps to the table with some simple shop made clamps.

Here is the link to my adjustable table bild. Lots of info to digest.
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Great question as I wanted to ask the same thing at some point . Mike I like your idea with clamping them and it's going to save me some hassle .
I never thought about it but like you say , if your using your table for other purposes maybe the slot will be an issue .
I was just about to order Incra track to . I wanted to make my double router table look like it was an actual one off from Incra , but I guess not

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I don't have either one.

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I put t-tracks on my fence for feather boards & stops, but the tracks on the table are for the fence to lock in place.

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I have t-track in my fence, and a combination miter and t-track on the table. The t-track is simply another clamping mechanism for featherboards and other accessories. I use them frequently on my router table. I do use the miter gauge frequently in the table, and almost never use it with the fence. I use a miter gauge for doing cope cuts, with bits that have bearings. I can fairly quickly put a backer piece on to the miter gauge to prevent tear out and cut the copes pretty easily. For me it serves the same function as a coping sled.

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I've got a miter track/t-track combo at the front edge of my table. Don't use them often at all, but they've been handy at times. Next table top i build will have a similar setup. If they're installed right, they don't interfere when not in use and might come in handy. I've wasted much bigger money on things that could never be nearly as useful as a t-track. That's my opinion, so it's only applicable to me.

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+1000!!
I've built dozens of kitchen, and other, cabinet sets using the RT. And, use the RT on almost every other project, also. I've never found a need for tracks. Sleds guided by the fence work beautifully for cope and stick work and there are a myriad of ways to use feather boards without needing tracks in the table.

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Miter track(slot) or t track? In my opinion, and that is what this is, my opinion, you don't need either. The bit is round... It will cut from any direction. T track and miter slots limit you as to where you can put your fence. Having said that, it's entirely personal preference as to whether or not you install/use them. I prefer using a sled of some form for those times you need to position your work "just so" in relation to the fence.

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