Had to fix two really dumb mistakes, I glued up the booms before I cut out the places for them to bolt up.
Would have taken 10 minutes I put in a couple a hours trying to cut them out with out buggering it up.
I have the technology but shore is a lot easier if you do it right the first time.
Finally got to play with the tracks this after noon.
Cut out the lumber to length then needed 3/8” for the treads so split some walnut and while I’m at it will be making a set of mahogany treads too because I’m sure there will be another crane,excavator or bull dozer in my future.
I cut about 200, 1 1/2” x1 1/4” blank treads both walnut and mahogany.
Used my table saw sled, if you notice it has a very low fence which make it easy for me to use it sitting down.
With a fine Skill saw blade it makes some really clean cuts.
Started building a jig for the treads THANKS DUTCHY FOR THE HOW TO ON GETTING THIS GREAT JIG built.
Sure is a labor saver.
Used carpet tape to help keep the treads in place while they were being cut.
Sanded up what I could reach while it’s all together like this.
You can get a lot done ganging it up like this.
Glued some sand paper to a stick so I could reach all those narrow groves.
Dutchy one last thing, what kind of clearance do you try to keep between the tracks?
I’ve cut all of one side of the sets and tomorrow I’ll be cutting the other so is it better for the tracks to be sloppy lose or just how tight do you like it to be?
-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.