Adding t-track clamps and bracket to X-Carve

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Evan and Katelyn

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Evan and Katelyn

General Information

We added t-track clamps to our X-Carve to make it easier to clamp things, set jigs, and use less material. It helps us set up jigs which is great when we are making multiples of the same cut, but it also allows us to use less stock because it can clamp from the sides instead of the top.

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1

Carve into your wasteboard

60 minutes

We go into more detail in our YouTube video (see above) but we chose for the t-track to start at 5 cm in the X direction and 2 cm in the Y direction and that’s what our file is setup to cut. We used a 1/4 in flat endmill to cut into the waste-board.

2

Cut t-track to length

5 minutes

We cut the x axis track to 25.25". We cut the y-axis track to 26.25".

3

Install t-track

5 minutes

We centered the track into the cut we made, leaving enough room to install the clamps.

4

Cut brackets and enjoy your new clamping system!

15 minutes

We’ve designed a few brackets that you can use for right angles:
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But clamps for all sorts of shapes should be pretty easy to design!

Kenny Freeman
The links to the right angle brackets don't work.
Kenny Freeman
Evan and Katelyn
Thanks for the heads up! They should be fixed now :)
Evan and Katelyn
Matt Slaga
I was trying to figure out what kind of T-Track and clamps you used, and found it after a little research. It appears to be Rockler tracks and Auto-Lock T-Track Clamp. Figured I would post the comment for anyone else looking. Great concept, how have you found it working for you over time?
Matt Slaga
Matt Slaga
Video was great too, thanks for posting!
Matt Slaga
Evan and Katelyn
Thanks Matt! Yes we have them linked in our video description but should have linked them here too, thanks for doing that. Glad you liked the video!
Evan and Katelyn
Kristian Ang
Great video How did you carv the nice bowl Kristian /Sweden
Kristian Ang
Evan and Katelyn
We'll try to do a video on the bowl someday :)
Evan and Katelyn
Craig Baltzer
how do you set up to do an air run?
Craig Baltzer
Evan and Katelyn
To do an air run just set the z zero height to be above your work
Evan and Katelyn
Josh Coxwell
do you have a file for the rocker t track as well?
Josh Coxwell
Michael Hopfensperger
Hey guys, I've tried to find the info but failed so far. What size X Carve do you have? I have the 750mm one.. will your design work with it? Thank you so much for any help.
Michael Hopfensperger
D Devine
Overview and instructions for your entire waste board would be awesome. I would love to make something like this for mine. Seems like it would make setup way easier and more efficient. Thanks guys. Sincerely, Devine (thingiverse)
D Devine
Nickolas Jones
Awesome bracket system. I'm getting my first CNC Router (X-Carve) today, and will look at making this modification to it as soon as possible. Thank you.
Nickolas Jones