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Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby DrumPhil » Tue May 17, 2016 3:35 pm

Here we go...my first attempt at building a wood track. MDF should be here in a week or so (ordered today through our small-town lumber yard). In the meantime I'll get to work building the table. Experienced help with the routing is on the way from 2FER, so let's hope it all goes well and driving can start in a few weeks.

This is going to be a simple 4x8-foot one-lane "test track", since I pretty much expect to race alone. If anyone else wants to try it we can take turns setting lap times.

Here is a 1x2-foot model of the layout. Elevation in the top left corner is about ten inches (in scale); we'll see if adjustments are needed when we do it for real in wood. From my past experience I've learned that elevations, a variety of corners, and scenery go a long way to keep the driving interesting and fun.
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby ShotgunDave » Tue May 17, 2016 4:32 pm

Looks like a real fun layout! Always good to see another wood track come to life.
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby 2FER SLOTS » Tue May 17, 2016 5:37 pm

This is going to be fun :dance:
Thinking about guard rails and barriers yet ?
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby Z-carfan » Tue May 17, 2016 6:38 pm

Hmmm, this is giving me ideas....
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby DrumPhil » Tue May 17, 2016 7:49 pm

2FER SLOTS wrote:This is going to be fun :dance:
Thinking about guard rails and barriers yet ?


Yep. Last time I made those wooden fence rails out of corn dog sticks and covered them with grey double-D profile weatherstripping. It looked pretty much like Armco, and after painting it with clear nail polish, it did a good job of protecting the cars.
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby DrumPhil » Wed May 18, 2016 8:59 pm

Okay, table is built. Ready to get busy with the MDF when it arrives. Yay!
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby 2FER SLOTS » Wed May 25, 2016 6:11 pm

Getting excited to birth a new track this weekend :music-rockout:

DrumPhil wrote:Here we go...my first attempt at building a wood track. MDF should be here in a week or so (ordered today through our small-town lumber yard). In the meantime I'll get to work building the table. Experienced help with the routing is on the way from 2FER, so let's hope it all goes well and driving can start in a few weeks.


I like that "driving can start in a few weeks" :lol: :lol: Are you planning on building a track and then just look at it for a couple of weeks ? :lol:

What are you thinking for transferring the design to the MDF? Full size mock up, draw with the flexi strip or ??
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby DrumPhil » Wed May 25, 2016 6:33 pm

I like the idea of drawing it with the strip and a yardstick. I have plenty of yardsticks, so we can drill holes in one to use as a compass for the consistent radius corners. If the groove changes slightly in the transfer process, it's not a big problem. This is a learning process for me, right? :)

Getting very excited now!
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby Broman62 » Wed May 25, 2016 7:46 pm

Neat little layout DP...welcome to the wood world...good luck!!!!
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby DrumPhil » Sat May 28, 2016 7:47 pm

Day 1 saw a ton of progress because this first-timer had a great, experienced coach to talk things through. Three cheers for Derek (in the red shirt)!
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby DrumPhil » Sat May 28, 2016 7:55 pm

End of day 1 after routing, sawing, and making first attempts at elevations.
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby k0z0oo1 » Sat May 28, 2016 8:34 pm

That's some nice progress! Looks like a fun track, I like the elevations
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby dreinecke » Sat May 28, 2016 9:41 pm

Outstanding work gents! Looks like a fun circuit and I love the elevations!
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby 2FER SLOTS » Sun May 29, 2016 7:52 am

I got to route exactly 9" of this track,just to show Phil where to turn on the machine.
Dude is a natural.....should be more wood tracks in the future.
Was concerned that I remembered the bondo half way to Phil's house,we didn't need any !
Had a blast being a part of this build,going to be good.
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby DrumPhil » Sun May 29, 2016 5:12 pm

Today I did some undercuts at a few corners, using my Dremel. I don't recommend the Dremel for this purpose, but it got the job done eventually. Also got accurate supports cut for the elevations. My goal today was to get the track into the basement before my wife got home from visiting her mother. Happy to say the garage is all cleaned up, and the track sits on the table in its new home.

Tonight I go to hear my son play euphonium in the community band. :clap:

Hopefully tomorrow I can get those supports screwed in place, make a few wiring holes, and get the road surface ready to paint.
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