|Project by bushmaster||posted 03-02-2017 05:50 AM||6272 views||11 times favorited||19 comments|
A few weeks ago toy maker Ralph Roggenbuck known a ralbuck on this site messaged me that he did not have the ability to make tracks for toys. I have met him and you know that is not TRUE. I have put together the process I use on a You Tube video and will briefly out line the steps taken to make these very easy to make tracks. This has new procedures that I am using for the first time to make it quicker and easier. The basic steps will be outlined below for general interest. The video has more information, lots of segments so one can just play one at a time and then pause, and do the step. You may want to change or improve on my process. The video is 26 minutes long and ends with an interesting test that I put the track to. The link to the video is
kAny way I would like you to message ralbuck and give him some word of encouragement or mention him in the comments. His home page is http://lumberjocks.com/ralbuck
The first thing you have to do is select a straight grain piece of wood and cut it to the dimension you want. Most of mine are 1 1/2 inches wide and less that 1/2 inch thick. Basic table saw procedure, then cut the profile by just using multiple cuts with the blade you are using or if you have time use a dado blade. I got fancy this time and used hold downs. The feather board I made just used magnet blocks from dial indicator bases.
Then cut the pads using the saw tilted to 20 degrees or there about, I said 23 degrees on the video by mistake, or you can use 23 if you want. I used a miter gauge and a block clamped to the fence so pieces do not get jammed and thrown back at you.
Next step is to cut the corners of the other side so both bottom sides are tapered in. Allows the pads to go around the rollers. I used a thin piece of wood to hold the pads against the fence and cut a hole group of them under a push stick. Check out video for demo.
Next is to turn them the other way and cut a saw with dado for the traction cleat. use a thicker piece of wood this time the pieces up, cut a small piece of wood for the cleat and glue it in. Then take a long piece of wood the just fits the slot on the underside of the pad, tack a piece of webbing it to the top of the board and then start glueing the pads of with epoxy, all but one pad
The using a pad mark the the ends of the web so it will reach 1/2 way across the pad. Then use tape on the underside to join it in a loop.
Then glue in the last pad, clamp and let the glue to set.
The track loop is very strong, I checked it out with my life.
This is just the basics, best is to watch the video, Hope some of the toymakers on this site gives it a go. It is as easy as falling off a log.
Thanks for looking and comments appreciated, don’t forget to give Ralph a word of encouragement.
-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia