Rockler T-Track Tabletop
The Rockler T-Track Tabletop is an excellent foundation for many woodworking and construction jigs. I have been intrigued with the flexibility of T-Tracks and have long thought that I should be getting more use out of them. This Tabletop from Rockler makes it easy to build those jigs.
The tabletop comes complete and securely packaged. The tabletop is 40” x 20” surfaced MDF, 1⅛ inch thick, with thick plastic edge banding resulting in a table that is solid and stiff. There are 3 T-Tracks running the length and 2 running the width. If you leave an overhang, you can also use the edge for traditional clamps.
Finding its home
I built my first router table 25 years ago. It was replaced years ago, but like woodworkers everywhere, I kept the table, complete with the hole for the mounting plate. It is perfect as a base for the T-Track Tabletop. The result is a useful assembly table and the T-Tracks all sit just under the surface, so there is no interference.
Clamps, Clamps and more Clamps
You can never have too many clamps. There is a range of clamps and stops made for this table:
- Toggle clamp (item 58616)
- Long Stop (item 46010)
- Short Stops (items 43807 and 47482)
There are 2 versions of the short stop, one that is parallel to the track and one that is perpendicular to the track, I recommend both for the flexibility. All stops are 5/8” tall so the sit under the surface of 3/4 inch board.
I also found that the Toggle Clamp mounting plate (Item 24872) is very useful and lets you use traditional vertical toggle clams.
My first use of the table is as a sanding clamp. A simple set up of the toggle clamp and a stop locks a board to the table for sanding. Since the stops are less than ¾ inch tall, they do not interfere with normal sanding. A spacer can be used for thinner piece.
A pair of stops can be used to establish a reference corner. In the picture below, I use a square to calibrate the corner.Once the corner is established, you can add toggle clamps mounted on the T-Track mounting plate.
After a couple days use, I have concluded I will use the t-Track table in 3 ways:
- A platform for jigs, particularly temporary jigs for projects
- Assembly table (covered with a 3 mil plastic drop cloth make it an excellent finishing table)
- Platform for locking mounted tools. I have mounted my machinist vise and grinders on individual bases. I store them on a shelf, I can use the traditional toggle clamps to quickly secure the platforms, so I am not limited to clamping them to an edge.
My next step is to mount casters to the table so it is mobile.
The T-Track Table Top makes a high function assembly table and jig platform. It is well made and the T-Tracks gives it great flexibility. The Table is currently $250, but it periodically goes on sale. The premium over a shop made table top is worth it if you a lot of projects requiring jigs and/or assembly set ups.
The Rockler T-Track Table Costs sells for $250.00 here: Rockler-T-Track-Table-Top