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Project by bushmaster posted 03-02-2017 05:50 AM 7331 views 11 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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

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#1 posted 03-02-2017 07:52 AM

Those roller beds are the most impressive detail here.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-02-2017 10:22 AM

Thank you Brian for a top tutorial sir…much appreciated.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 03-02-2017 11:06 AM

Brian, you’re a nut. You made me laugh. Thank you.
Let’s see you do a handstand in one of your canoes or kayaks.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 03-02-2017 12:06 PM

Excellent and entertaining. This was a great explanation and will be very helpful….thanks

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 03-02-2017 12:11 PM

Awesome, Brian. You do such great work. wonderful explanation, too! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 03-02-2017 02:07 PM

That is really a cool process. Now quit hanging around and build some projects.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 03-02-2017 02:34 PM

That is really a cool process. Now quit hanging around and build some projects.

I have an excavator mostly done using these tracks and a project on the lathe that I am lacking confidence to try and finish, experiment with color. No one on You Tube has tried it, so blazing new frontiers.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 03-02-2017 02:40 PM

Added to my favorites.

-- Julian

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#9 posted 03-02-2017 02:58 PM

thanks so very much for the excellent video …and pics of your process …. I’m so glad there is guys like you out there for this ….because I do not have enough patience to do something like this …..YOU CAN DO IT Ralbuck /Ralph ….GREAT JOB :<))


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#10 posted 03-02-2017 04:22 PM

Great post and video Brian. Now I’m waiting for the next step to see the wheels and track fully motorized! I’m sure you will build one and then we can all go out and play in the sandbox. Can’t wait for the next instalment.
Regards, from the BOOTMAN!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#11 posted 03-02-2017 04:30 PM

Thanks, Brian!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 03-02-2017 06:10 PM

That is an awesome model and I love the tracks. This post is so interesting. Thanks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 03-02-2017 06:35 PM

Brian; just humbling those of us without your EXTRAORDINARY vision and talents too.

Great JOB!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#14 posted 03-02-2017 07:26 PM

Thanks So much for posting this! A very informative explanation and video! Now I think I’m ready to tackle this bulldozer for my trail building brother!

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#15 posted 03-02-2017 08:09 PM

Wow that’s pretty tricky stuff Brian, a lot of the toy maker guys will be wrapped with this post

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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