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This is an old project that I’ve procrastinated about writing. It’s a racetrack for my son’s Hot Wheels cars. I made it for his birthday party, so kids could race some cars on it.

I first looked up other racetracks that people made. If someone had a really good design, why not copy it?
http://growingupgardner4.blogspot.com/2013/05/diy-race-track-tutorial.html?m=1

http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/2011/12/diy-wooden-matchbox-car-racing-ramp.html

http://www.thehomesihavemade.com/2013/04/diy-ramp-race-track.html?m=1

When I looked at these other designs, I noticed common ideas; board, lane dividers, and something to hold the ramp on an angle.  I didn’t like how the “curbs” were consuming too much of the potential racetrack space.  So after looking around in the lumber section, I decide to glue narrow dowel rods to the racetrack to create the lanes.  I bought a board and 7 dowel rods (2 dowels to keep the cars from falling off, 4 dowels to create 5 lanes, and 1 extra dowel in case one broke).

I placed the cars and dowel rods on the board, this way I could get an idea of how much space was needed for each lane.  After I got an average that evenly divided across the whole board, I marked the lanes on the board.  Next step table saw.

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I adjusted the blade of the table saw so it would only slightly cut into the board.  I only wanted my cuts to go deep enough so the dowel would sit in to grove.  I ran the cut across some scrap wood first to get an idea out how deep my cut would be and after I was satisfied, carefully ran the board across the saw.

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My wife then painted the board grey, so it would look like a road.  I then applied Elmer’s glue to the groves and pushed the painted dowels into the groves.  I used books to applied pressure on the rods for a few hours.

Afterward, I felt the board looked too plain.  I took some stamp ink and ran some cars on the ink and used the wheels to transfer the ink onto the board.  After a few passes, it began to look cars had burned rubber on the drag strip. 🙂

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In the pictures you will notice the tower, I decided not to talk about it because my kid rarely uses it.  We mostly place one side against the couch or another piece of furniture.

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