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T-Track Boone NC

Some T-tracks require special connectors that are only available from one supplier. Pre-drilled for Easy Mounting We prefer T-tracks that are pre-drilled and countersunk to accept No. 6 or bigger wood screws (Photo 3). It's also nice to have screw holes spaced no more than 5 in. apart.

Boone Mall E6
(828) 264-7327
1180 Blowing Rock Rd
Boone, NC
Store Hours
Hometown Dealers
Store Type
Hometown Dealers
Hours
Mon:9-19
Tue:9-19
Wed:9-19
Thu:9-19
Fri:9-19
Sat:9-18
Sun:12.5-17.5
Store Features
Mon:9-19
Tue:9-19
Wed:9-19
Thu:9-19
Fri:9-19
Sat:9-18
Sun:12.5-17.5

FARMERS RENTALS AND POWER
828-264-6044
678 HWY 105 EXTENSION BOONE, NC, 28607
Boone, NC
 
Kmart 9547 / Cross Merch
(828) 264-1901
1620 Blowing Rock Rd
Boone, NC
Store Hours
Miscellaneous
Store Type
Miscellaneous
Hours
Monday To Friday Working Hours is :0-0 and for Sat:0-0
Sun:0-0
Store Features
Monday To Friday Working Hours is :0-0 and for Sat:0-0
Sun:0-0

Lowe's
(828) 262-0773
1855 Blowing Rock Road
Boone, NC
Hours
M-SA 7 am - 9 pm
SU 9 am - 7 pm

Lowe's
(828) 897-8700
2014 Tynecastle Highway
Banner Elk, NC
Hours
M-SA 7 am - 9 pm
SU 9 am - 6 pm

Watauga Building Supply Inc.
(828) 264-2475
587 Hwy 105 Extension
Boone, NC
 
LOWE'S OF BOONE, N. C.
828 262-0773
1855 BLOWING ROCK ROAD BOONE, NC, 28607
Boone, NC
 
NEW RIVER BUILDING SUPPLY
828-264-5650
PO BOX 2960 BOONE, NC, 28607
Boone, NC
 
Lowe's of Banner Elk
828-897-8700
2014 Tynecastle Highway Banner Elk, NC, 28604
Banner Elk, NC
 
W Jefferson - Auth Hometown
(336) 246-7131
203 E 1St St
W Jefferson, NC
Store Hours
Hometown Dealers
Store Type
Hometown Dealers
Hours
Mon:9-19
Tue:9-19
Wed:9-19
Thu:9-19
Fri:9-19
Sat:9-18
Sun:12-17
Store Features
Mon:9-19
Tue:9-19
Wed:9-19
Thu:9-19
Fri:9-19
Sat:9-18
Sun:12-17

T-Track

T-Track


T-track is a versatile product that has many great uses around the shop. It can be attached to the fence of a chop saw, drill press or router table to provide a quick, secure place to attach feather boards, stops and hold-downs. It also makes a great addition to jigs and fixtures with parts that need to be adjustable or easily removed. At first glance, all T-tracks look pretty much the same. There are, however, several subtle but important differences among brands. We bought eleven brands commonly available and put them to the test to see which ones we liked best.

Sizes and Prices
T-track is available in lengths from 1 ft. to 12 ft. and averages about $4.50 per lineal foot. It is usually sold in 1- or 2-ft. increments, but some brands can be special ordered to a specific length. Most T-tracks are approximately 3/4 in. wide with a thickness of either 3/8  or 1/2 in. (see Chart). All but one are made of extruded aluminum.

PHOTO 1:
We like T-track that accepts the hex head of a standard bolt. It will save you from having to buy the special connectors that some tracks require.

 

PHOTO 2:
Some T-tracks have a deep slot. It's deep enough to accept a hex nut and is a feature that will increase your connecting and fastening options.

Features We like
Accepts Standard Hardware T-tracks that accept standard hex head bolts and nuts as connectors are a big plus (Photos 1 and 2), because standard nuts and bolts are readily available at hardware stores. This means you won't get stuck in the middle of a project because you don't have the right connector. Some T-tracks require special connectors that are only available from one supplier. Pre-drilled for Easy Mounting We prefer T-tracks that are pre-drilled and countersunk to accept No. 6 or bigger wood screws (Photo 3). It's also nice to have screw holes spaced no more than 5 in. apart. Closely spaced holes mean more holes for more mounting screws and less risk of pulling the T-track off the mounting surface. Also, if you need to cut the T-track shorter, you will still have a hole near the end. If you need to add screw holes to a T-track, you can drill them yourself. It's a bit of a hassle but not difficult (Photos 4 and 5). Some T-tracks even come with a groove to help you center the drill bit. A groove on the bottom is best because drilling the shank hole from the top leaves a burr on the bottom that must be removed with a file.

PHOTO 3:
T-tracks pre-drilled to accept No. 6 or larger screws have better holding strength than the tracks that are drilled for No. 4 screws.


PHOTO 4:
Drill the shank hole from the bottom of the T-track with a 5/32-in.-dia. bit. Some T-tracks have a groove to help center the bit; it's helpful but not essential. A pencil line and center punch also work well.

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