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Old 04-22-2012, 05:41 PM
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Default Rail clearance on smart table

As a new EZ user I hope you'll excuse me if this question has been asked and answered before. I searched the forum and didn't find it anywhere.

I am assembling my new Smart Table but am finding that the rails don't clear the hardware for the tracks, especially the T-bolts for the corner tracks. The center rails will slide after a little bit of scraping over the screws, but the corner rails are not even close.

Is there some trick for this that I'm missing? Do I need to try to countersink the hardware a little?

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Josh
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:52 PM
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As a new EZ user I hope you'll excuse me if this question has been asked and answered before. I searched the forum and didn't find it anywhere.

I am assembling my new Smart Table but am finding that the rails don't clear the hardware for the tracks, especially the T-bolts for the corner tracks. The center rails will slide after a little bit of scraping over the screws, but the corner rails are not even close.

Is there some trick for this that I'm missing? Do I need to try to countersink the hardware a little?

Thanks!
Josh
welcome.
Yes, a small countersink for the screw helps and solves the problem.
if you strip the wood, move the screws.
Better to use a hand screwdriver for the last few turns.
even better if you pre-drill with a smaller diameter bit.

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Old 04-22-2012, 10:51 PM
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welcome.
Yes, a small countersink for the screw helps and solves the problem.
if you strip the wood, move the screws.
Better to use a hand screwdriver for the last few turns.
even better if you pre-drill with a smaller diameter bit.

d
Dino - Thanks for the fast reply. I can see countersinking the screws, but the T-bolts for the corner rails seem like they would be harder to countersink since the diameter is much bigger. Would you suggest I try to sink those as well? Right now I am worried about the hardware connecting the tracks to the plywood more than the hardware connecting the rails to the 1x3s.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:54 PM
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Dino - Thanks for the fast reply. I can see countersinking the screws, but the T-bolts for the corner rails seem like they would be harder to countersink since the diameter is much bigger. Would you suggest I try to sink those as well? Right now I am worried about the hardware connecting the tracks to the plywood more than the hardware connecting the rails to the 1x3s.
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No. we allow that space on the design.
just the top.

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Old 04-24-2012, 12:23 PM
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Right now I am worried about the hardware connecting the tracks to the plywood more than the hardware connecting the rails to the 1x3s.
You may want to consider using 3" (or 4") plywood strips (3/4" plywood) instead of 1x3s; they'll fit better in the plastic (see this thread: http://tracksawforum.com/showthread.php?t=583).

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Old 05-11-2012, 03:21 PM
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You may want to consider using 3" (or 4") plywood strips (3/4" plywood) instead of 1x3s; they'll fit better in the plastic (see this thread: http://tracksawforum.com/showthread.php?t=583).

Carl
Thanks CarlB. I hadn't found that thread before - helpful.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:41 PM
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Default Yes, countersinking is needed.

I definitely needed to counter-sink the holes in the track that attaches to the 1x3's. Sure wish that had been in the instructions instead of requiring a 30 minute search of the forums. I just don't get EZ's aversion to basic documentation.
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