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Kreg Precision Trak & Stops - Fence/Table

I've never written a blog before so I hope this is how it's supposed to be done.

I purchased the Kreg K3 Master System a short time back. I have now completed 2 of the bookcases that are available on the Kreg site. I found it necessary to modify the dimensions some on the 2nd case so that it would fit into a particular niche in our kitchen.

As I worked these two projects I found that I was in "need" of precise cuts on the various pieces of lumber. So, I decided to invest in the Kreg Precision Trak & Stops kit. I purchased said kit from one of Kreg's authorized merchants. I'll include the name and hopefully it won't be edited out -- They had the Kit on sale, free shipping, and I also had a 5% discount coupon. Pretty sweet!!!!

Now, of course, I had to build the Fence / Table to mount the Kit on. Since I don't have a true workshop, I had to make it portable and clamp it to my bench in the garage. I decided to use Melamine shelving as the "lumber" because it was straight, slick, and not too heavy. Portability made weight a concern.

I purchased 1 piece of shelving measuring 3/4" x 11 3/4" x 49". From this, I was able to get all the necessary pieces of material. My "Table" and "Floor" each are 48" by 5 1/2". The spacers between the Table and Floor are 2" tall. When adding all these together we get 3 1/2", which is the height of my Miter Saw's table. The rear Fence must be some 2 1/4" above the Table surface. So, it is 5 3/4" tall.

Included with the Precision Trak & Stops Kit was a diagram showing how to use pocket hole joinery and some "regular" screwing together of pieces. I followed their example and the photos will show how it turned out for me.

I do realize that each time I remove it from my bench and then replace it, I will have to double check the exact measurements prior to starting my project. That, to me, is a small price to pay in order to be able to cut EVERY piece the exact same dimension and not need a ruler & pencil to do it.

I took some photos of the finished Fence / Table with the Kit installed. I will include them here:

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Tags: Fence, Precision, Stops, Table, Trak


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Comment by Steve Gronsky on February 23, 2010 at 6:29pm
James ..... I can go along with everything you said. B U T you CANNOT get rid of the TV. TV is life!!!!, after baseball, golf and woodworking, of course.
Comment by Larry Barnett on February 23, 2010 at 3:38pm
nice job
this is the first time i've seen this product. you did a good job designing and building a table/platform for it. I will have to put together one for myself.
Comment by KregRep on February 23, 2010 at 9:35am
Steve, the Trak and Stop System looks great! Like you said, whenever you move it you'll have to recalibrate the stops or be very careful with the wing's placement... but definitely worth if if you have a small shop with limited space. This looks like a very good solution, and I like the melamine idea as this will allow your workpieces to slide more easily.

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