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How to Make a Wood Slot Car Track

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Overview

A slot car race track made of wood is a project that both slot car and woodworking enthusiasts can partake in. The project can be as detailed, or as simple as you want. For a simple track, all that is needed is a large plywood board. For a more complex track, mountains, bridges, and crowds can be manufactured out of styrofoam and plastic models.

Step 1

Draw the shape of the track you want to build on a large plywood board, about 4 feet wide and 8 feet long. Multiple small boards can also be put together to make up a board of these dimensions. Use a pencil for the drawing.

Step 2

Draw the location of the slots for the slot cars into the shape of the track.

Step 3

Cut the track out of the plywood board using a powered jigsaw.

Step 4

Cut the slots out of the plywood board using a router with a core box router bit that matches the size of the blade on the slot cars you'll be using.

Step 5

Sand the entire length of the plywood track until smooth and then finish the track with paint.

Things You'll Need

  • One 4-foot by 8-foot plywood board
  • Pencil
  • Jigsaw
  • Router
  • Core box router bit
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint

References

  • HO Slot Car Racing: Routed Wooden HO Raceway
  • Out Rigger Canoe: 1/32 Scale Slot Racing
  • Tools Today: Core Box Router Bits
Keywords: slot car racing, wooden race track, race track project

About this Author

Jose Leiva started writing in 2008 and has had work published on various websites, including eHow. He enjoys writing about video games and woodworking projects as well as pets, travel and other hobbies. Leiva holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the California Polytechnic University Pomona.

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