The Jigsaw Project
Posted 08 April 2013 - 04:03 PM
After reading this forum for a while, I thought this is the place to share my new track project with some like-minded souls. So here we go..
For some time, I was thinking about a routed a track and even planned to by a router when one day I was standing in front of a big pile of wood in my stable and thought of another way of building a track. It was all left-over wood from several rebuilding projects in house and there was quite a lot of MDF in between. But most of the MDF was 4mm and 8mm thick, so too thin for a routed track. So that's when I thought, why not saw the MDF and glue the pieces together again leaving the slot open. I tried out the idea and was immediately convinced, this is the way to do it and I can use all this wood, don't have to buy any new and neither a router.
This is the first test piece I did.
Next step, building a table. A U shaped table with a narrow middle part for the main and back straight (the narrow piece is a compromise so others can still reach the windows ).
And then the actual track building. I made a design first in a graphic program so I knew what I was doing. Then I took a sheet of MDF, put it on the table and drew the shape of the corner. Then I sawed the MDF so I had the shape of an actual piece of the track. I repeated this as many times necessary to complete the track so I could lay it out. Then I drew the lines where I wanted the slots to be. I decided on a two lane track (this technique will not be suitable for more than two lanes I think). And then came the difficult part: sawing the pieces again, sanding them and then glueing them together, making sure the slot has the correct width. For this I used a few pieces of perspex which I clipped in the slot while I glued it. The following images give an idea of this process:
And this is the result:
More will follow soon!
Posted 08 April 2013 - 04:23 PM
Welcome here on Slot Forum and many thanks for sharing.
I used this method with 2 saw blades soldered to each other to get a slot width of 3 mm.
It worked also for 3 slots on the Trio Track:
I hope you will show us more of your progress.
Posted 08 April 2013 - 05:04 PM
Welcome to THE Forum! Thanks for sharing, this is an interesting method. I'm really looking forward to following your build. We're pleased to see that you combine manual labour with intellectual stuff such as reading. Your choice of subject matter is revealing, though... Anyway, your books have been put to good use!
"If a racing circuit has an overriding purpose, it is surely to provide a test for men and machines so severe that only the very best of both will stand a chance of victory." David Owen in "Targa Florio" 1979
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Posted 08 April 2013 - 07:08 PM
@ Mr. Olufsen: I do read a book from time to time and yes, I am a motorsport fan, have been all my life!
Both of you, thanks for the warm welcome!
Actually, I have been working on this track the past few month in my spare time, so the current status is quite a bit further developed as shown until now. I will add a few more steps of the project.
Posted 08 April 2013 - 08:01 PM
I used wallpaint for the track surface and first did a dark asphalt grey as a basecolor.
The backstraight has a nice elevation. One of the advantages of using 4mm thin MDF, it will bend very easy!
Next I added a light grey, but not completely opaque...
And then I finished the surface by drypainting it with several shades of grey to bring it to life..
Next step; the white lines to mark the track border. I used a flexible masking tape and cut out the line shape with a self-made double knife.
And here is the result...
Posted 08 April 2013 - 09:23 PM
I am watching with interest and thanks for sharing.
Posted 08 April 2013 - 11:39 PM
Posted 09 April 2013 - 01:33 AM
Posted 09 April 2013 - 08:14 AM
I agree 100% with you, there will be for sure someone, I do not know, before me with the same idea. I only wanted to show you, that 3 lanes are also possible in this way.
How did you fasten your track? Is it only glued?
It looks great and I am very curious about your building process.
Posted 09 April 2013 - 10:18 AM
Posted 09 April 2013 - 03:07 PM
Taping is ready so time to provisionally connect the track and do some serious running and testing!
'C'mon Ayrton, put the pedal to the metal!'
Track is really running smooth, just a few points that needed some extra sanding.
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