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    Miter slot runner material question

    Anyone ever tried Azak?

    For the heck of it, I picked up a 3/4" strip the other day fits right in my miter slot.

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    I use cheap cutting boards.

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    Haven't tried it for a miter slot runner. When used in construction it expands quite a bit in all directions when it gets hot, so it might get tight on you if your shop isn't conditioned. Let us know how it works out.

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    I use steel at least half of the time and always works best.

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    I use aluminum flat bar.

    Wayne

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    I use leftover engineered hardwood flooring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Garson View Post
    I use leftover engineered hardwood flooring.
    That sounds like a great idea.

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    I didn't know Azak expanded.

    The flooring idea sounds good.

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    I used 3/8 X 3/4 steel bar filed to fit. I drilled holes and tapped them to attach the sled. If I were doing it again, I'd probably use aluminum, aluminum is softer so less risk of causing miter slot wear. I wax the steel bar periodically and it doesn't rub so I'm not too concerned about table slot wear.

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    Call me a quitter but I just buy Kreg or Rockler solid aluminum miter bars.

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    I've used HDPE wear strips, wood, aluminum (ordered from ENCO, now MSC,) and cold rolled steel.

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    I just discovered PVC exterior trim at Lowes. $20. for a 1X6 8ft long. It fits the miter slots on my Sawstop perfectly. I attach it with 5 min epoxy and it sticks like a ton of bricks. I have made a few jigs with it now, love it.
    Got the idea from this guy: https://youtu.be/wY4yYF6JMRI
    I made a featherboard as well and it works great, picture is attached.IMG_1766.jpg
    Last edited by stan shields; 10-30-2018 at 6:21 PM.
    Built guitars in my basement for 10 years, mistakes went in the wood stove, was rarely cold.

    Best funny woodworker line: "My worst fear is when I die my wife will sell all my tools for what I told her I paid for them"

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    I have been using PVC material in my shop for a very long time. Lots of shop jigs and fixtures and my band saw slider below were made from 3/4" thick PVC sheet. I have also made shop shelves, stands, plaques and signs.

    The band saw slider was made from PVC but the runner was made from Corian because the band saw slot is smaller than the standard 3/4". I think I will make some feather boards like Stan's, they look great.
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    Most commercial feather boards are $20. or more, yuck.
    The 3/4" PVC is perfect for feather boards, again, it was not my idea, here's where I found it:
    https://youtu.be/wY4yYF6JMRI
    Built guitars in my basement for 10 years, mistakes went in the wood stove, was rarely cold.

    Best funny woodworker line: "My worst fear is when I die my wife will sell all my tools for what I told her I paid for them"

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    The oldest sleds I have that are still slop-less have Corian runners that have been on them since I made them in the early '80s. I don't use them often, but they have always been ready to go to work since I made them.

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