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Project by woodrookieII posted 10-08-2018 01:12 AM 992 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our grandson Elliott’s 5th birthday is tomorrow. His Mom thought it would be fun to have a hot wheels scale race track/ramp for his party and asked if I could build one. So I says “Sure I can!”. Loosely translated that means: “I’ve never built one before.”

But I did have some tempered hardboard, some 1×2’s, miscellaneous 2×4’s, a box of #6×3/4 screws, some white paint and a Saturday!

Basic plans are a 2’ by 4’ tempered hardboard (smooth side up of course for fast lanes!).

There are two underbraces across the 2’ width. These need to be installed first so the screws are hidden under the lane dividers. 4 screws per brace. (I did not use glue) One brace, about a foot or so up from the bottom. The second brace up close to the top (yellow tape end, see picture). Primarily to have something to attached the hinges to.

The 1”x2”s are the lane dividers and cut at 44 5/8”s. You’ll need 7 of those. 8 screws per divider. (I did not use glue)

Each lane is 2 1/8”s, or theres about, wide. That should give you 6 equal width lanes.

The cut offs from the lane dividers are then used to complete the lane dividers at the top (yellow tape end). You’ll want to leave about 3/8s gap so that you can place a race starter stick across all lanes. 1 screw each and I also used glue.

The 2×4 legs are 20”s tall which places the starting gate at a perfect height for most 5 year olds. Hinges are installed on the top of the legs and then to the underbrace. The legs are spaced 22”s from outside edge of leg to outside edge of leg but centered across the underbrace. I also installed a 22” cross brace about 6”s up on the legs.

The 1×2 stabilizing rod is hinged at the bottom underbrace and is 1×2 mortised into the leg cross brace on the other end. Stop blocks are glued onto the stabilizing rod and a 7/16s hole bored to accept the (I don’t know what to call the thing I painted red).

The starter stick should span the entire width and be loose enough so that it can be lifted quickly without binding.

I gave it to him today and we had a blast!!

All you need now is a bunch of 5 year olds with their favorite hot wheels vehicle and let the racing begin!!!


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#1 posted 10-08-2018 01:58 AM

A nice job!

But the real question is ======= Did you WIN!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 10-08-2018 01:17 PM

A nice job!

But the real question is ======= Did you WIN!

- ralbuck

Nah…’s his birthday. He won every race!!


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#3 posted 10-08-2018 01:30 PM

now you need to post a pic of the fastest car

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#4 posted 10-08-2018 10:57 PM

Very Nice Project & Well Done!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 10-09-2018 03:45 AM

Cool idea ! Great job.

-- MEL, Kansas

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