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New Test Track

Post by *5 J's* » Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:46 pm

Okay so I broke down and built a low budget test track. Bought two 15 1/2" wide x 8' long Melamime board at the big Orange Box for ~$12 each. Ripped into four 7" wide board, couple of hinges, box of #8 screws and some 1/4" x 1 1/2" wide strips for the lane guide, some scrap 3/4" plywood for connecting the boards, a few late nights, and viola I introduce my 32' test track. (I apologize for the pics - bad lighting - I try to get better ones later)


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I will add some friction tape to the brake section later.



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Re: New Test Track

Post by pwrd by tungsten » Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:23 pm

Sweet! :D



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Re: New Test Track

Post by stang68 » Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:28 am

Looks Great



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Re: New Test Track

Post by timtrain35 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:00 am

The cat looks thoroughly impressed :D . If you get a chance, a pic of the underside and/or how you joined the sections together would be great. Well done!



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Re: New Test Track

Post by Kenny » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:04 am

Have you seen Down and Derby yet?

Nice job.

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Re: New Test Track

Post by *5 J's* » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:16 am

Yes - I actually watched that a couple of days prior to making the track. No - the movie was not the inspiration, in fact the movie almost made me change my mind - thinking I had some derby sickness... (lol). Anyway - now I cannot let my wife watch the movie.



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Re: New Test Track

Post by doct1010 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:36 am

Smiles say it all! Good job.



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Re: New Test Track

Post by *5 J's* » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:56 am

timtrain35 wrote:The cat looks thoroughly impressed :D . If you get a chance, a pic of the underside and/or how you joined the sections together would be great. Well done!
Yea, actually I had another pic with all four cats checking it out.

I will get a pic of the underside to post. I cut some 3/4" plywood into 3 pieces each 7 x 16", each being a joiner. The track is 7" wide and the 16" allowed 8" on each section being joined. The holes for the 1/4" x 1 1/2" bolts are centered on the lane guides and are at 1 1/2", 6 1/2", 9 1/2", and 14 1/2" along the length. The holes are countersunk in the joiner section the diameter of a 1/4" washer and to a depth of a nut and washer. I wanted to use t-nuts but the cost was prohibitive. One the track side I just cut a hole the diameter of the washer through the lane guide, such that the bolt head and washer set directly on the Melamine board. You can see the topside joint in the middle picture.



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Re: New Test Track

Post by JSG » Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:29 am

That cat looks just like mine. Waiting for an opportunity to send the cars flying. :eager:



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Re: New Test Track

Post by murphken » Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:22 pm

Did your wife have an issue with the track being set-up? How long do you get to keep it up at one time? My wife gets a little crabby when my Cub and I set-up ours! :eek:


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Re: New Test Track

Post by *5 J's* » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:38 am

murphken wrote:Did your wife have an issue with the track being set-up? How long do you get to keep it up at one time? My wife gets a little crabby when my Cub and I set-up ours! :eek:
I have a very understanding and patient wife. :thumbup: I finished building it Sunday - so it will be up for a week. If I had a full basement I would put it up there, but I don't, so the middle of the house it goes. Worse then having it set up is that I built it in place. The cutting was done on the deck - but all drilling, counterboring, screwing, and bolting, was done in place. :sweating:



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Re: New Test Track

Post by Pinewood Daddy » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:05 am

*5 J's* wrote:I have a very understanding and patient wife. :thumbup: I finished building it Sunday - so it will be up for a week. If I had a full basement I would put it up there, but I don't, so the middle of the house it goes. Worse then having it set up is that I built it in place. The cutting was done on the deck - but all drilling, counterboring, screwing, and bolting, was done in place. :sweating:
My wife is not as understanding. I built mine in place 6 years ago but haven't had time to use it in the past 4 years. I'm planning on getting it down tomorrow evening until Thursday night. It runs through the middle of the house also. The biggest problem will be having to lock up the dogs while it is set up, so after we run it the sections must come apart and stack it against a wall some where.



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Re: New Test Track

Post by *5 J's* » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:11 pm

Here is a picture of the joints from underneath. As you can see I countersunk the 1/4 nuts vice using t-nuts.
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Another shot of the track.
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Re: New Test Track

Post by timtrain35 » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:02 am

Cool!!! Thanks for the pics.



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Re: New Test Track

Post by PhantomVirus » Sat Oct 02, 2010 1:44 pm

Did you get the 1/4 x 1 1/2 strips @ the orange box also or did you cut your own?

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