I mentioned appying and curing a finish at home above. Pre-finished plywoods have very consistent finishes since they are machine applied and radio cured within seconds. If you want to go with a natural wood look and a really stable surface, check with a nearby lumber dealer to see if they sell prefinished plywood.
If I were to build a wood track, I would put Formica or other laminate product on the running surface (the tops of the center rails could be finished with anything). Laminates have a very consistent surface. Some laminates look like a paved road, which could be used to make the track look like a real drag strip.
I suppose that wood, as a natural product, will have variances regardless. Finishing tends to harden and smooth the surface, and this results in faster speeds v. unfinished wood. Faster speed may exaggerate any natural variances between lanes, but natural wood needs to be finished regardless to maintain cleanliness and general protection.BallBoy wrote:Variances in the finish will be minor, but such variances can contribute to the fabled 'slow lane.'
Laminates are an interesting idea, although if I were building a track from scratch, I would also research PVC planking, which is durable and smooth. Aluminum plating from Beta Crafts is another possibility, although heavy and relatively expensive.pwrd by tungsten wrote:Which surface should we use...?
The way this wooden track is seen built in the video might just be a little crazy..
or give you some ideas as it's a little different style of track.