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  1. schnewj

    Hey Y'all

    Welcome to the fun fest, Brian. Some retirement hobby you have there. Your mill IS something else...I like how your mind works. Looking forward to seeing more, so don't be a stranger. Bill
  2. schnewj

    You Really Need To Get This App for Your Phone.

    ...more like; Iron City, Strohs, Utica Club, Milwaukee's Best...and last, but not least, it's parent company PBR. The only claim to fame appears to be a bottle cap puzzle that is unsolvable....
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    You just hit nail on the head, Gramps! Two different tracks and little or no compatibility. If your going to use T-track in your shop, you almost have to plan ahead and standardize. If you don't, you end up with accessories that can only be used on one track type/brand or track that doesn't match up. I'm surprised there wasn't more input on the discussion. However, I see it this way. I think that T-track is oversold as being useful. I have a T-track on my drill pres table (Rockler)...absolutely useless. If I need to hold down something small my hold downs never seem to reach. I hardly ever use them. If/when I build another table I have some ideas that may make T-track more useful and much better located. I have never used the track on my RL-1000 router table. Again, I index off of the fence instead of using the track/guide. However, a track would be useful in the fence for things like feather boards. Another project to I need to get to and correct, if I don't trash the whole cabinet first. Personally, I think generic is the way to go (i.e. Peachtree). It is cheap, available, and it will fit just about everything I would use; bolt heads, T-bolts, etc. I love how Kreg has this pretty BLUE track that limits you to essentially using their accessories, likewise Rockler. Who can resist that Incra GOLD color. It just reeks of royalty and quality, with the price to match. Opps! I have to change the feather board bolts because they won't fit. It's all "smoke and mirrors". The whole point: think it through before you act, determine it there is any real use/advantage to installing the track, what will fit, what won't fit. On and on...don't get suckered by the lure of "you just can't live without this". Don't get me wrong. I think that there is a place in the shop for T-track. It is especially useful in things like jigs, sleds, etc. ...but in tables, ummm, maybe not so much!
  4. Nice iron in the background...you been holding out on us...? Looking forward to the rest of the build...
  5. schnewj

    Brand Names Are Often Overpriced

    Sounds to me like a severe case of "Educational Narcissism"...I'm smarter than you are, just look at my graph...
  6. I thought the wearing of only shorts and no long pants was a trend!
  7. Unfortunately, I'm just the chauffeur! I don't always have a choice. I'm not a big fan of either...there are two weddings I wish I had missed entirely, but that's another story! Funerals are inevitable in the land of geriatrics.
  8. Living in Florida, I just consider it a good year if I don't have to put on long pants. Weddings and funerals usually spoil my runs!
  9. schnewj


    Anyone else like to weigh in? Many people don't use tracks on a router table. I, personally, prefer to index off of the fence. I've never used mine either. However, if you do use T-track, what do YOU use? How and why? What do you find is best for you? If you do use track, then back to the original questions, which is best (and most versatile) for your use? No right or wrong answers here, just a discussion...
  10. schnewj


    No jigs; coping sled, cross cut sled, means to attach feather boards on fences? How about an assembly table? If you did utilize them, would you stick with the Incras? Again, any cons with the Incra track? Advantages over others?
  11. schnewj


    Good choice. Comes in different sizes/configurations, two standard lengths and has 4-way connectors available, accepts T-bolts, 1/4" and 3/8" (depending on the track) and a couple of different combos. Any con's, Gene? Problems installing, dimensional inconsistency, attachment methods...
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    I was just watching a video where the poster modified Rockler Bench Cookies and hold downs to fit into another manufacturers track. It got me to thinking about all of the different brands of T-track and how they differ. I don't ever remember seeing any type of a comparison chart or discussion on which is the best brand of T-track to use. The real question is this, if you were building a shop which T-track would you standardize to use for your tools and fixtures? Which brand would be the universal go-to? It seems like a simple question, however, consider this; if you don't standardize the tracks, then some accessories will work in one track brand and possibly not in another. There are all kinds of T-tracks; Kreg, Rockler, Incra, Fox Shop, generic etc. Without standardization then you either have to modify hardware to fit or you end up with unneeded extra accessories just to utilize them in two or three different brands of track. So, in your opinion and especially practical experience, which would be the most versatile T-track to use? I personally have identified three different tracks in my shop. Here are a couple of points to ponder before you answer: * Versatility * Cost * Availability Let the discussion begin...
  13. schnewj

    WW Magazines

    What! Dust? You should've been reading a little bit every night before bed. I just asked to make sure you got the latest (2006) updates... "Pluto, a dwarf planet, was classified as one of the solar system planets when it was first discovered by Clyde Tombaugh. However, it is now considered to be one of the largest known members of the Kuiper Belt—a collection of icy bodies on the outer fringes of the solar system. Pluto was demoted from its planetary status in 2006 when a body of scientists decided a formalized definition for the term “planet.”
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    WW Magazines

    ...so, how many planets are listed for our system in those encyclopedias?

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