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[Track] How to build a basic track.

Tools you'll need: Tablesaw and clamps.
Materials & supplies you'll need: Plywood and wood glue.

  • Step One

    We start with a sheet of plywood that's 3/4" thick. We use Canadian Birch Plywood that measures to about 0.74 inches. It is important to buy consistent plywood stock when you begin construction.

  • Step Two

    Using the tablesaw cut 4 strips into two 2-inch strips and two 2-1/4 inches strip.

  • Step Three

    Arrange the strip so the 2 wider pieces stand up taller in the middle.

  • Step Four

    Glue and Clamp. For this version where the track is not connecting to an adjacent piece we'll just lineup the ends together.

  • Step Five

    There's no step five cause you're done!

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[Wheel and Axle] Glue together wheels and axle.

Supplies you'll need: Binder Posts, Washers and Super Glue.
Optional: Tape, rubber band and small box.

  • Step Two

    It take very little super glue to join the binder post to the washer, in fact less the better. Put a little bit of glue around the flange of the binder posts and place the washer in the center. Press firmly and let it set for about 5 minutes.

  • Step Three

    To hold these parts in place while the glue dries you can use rubber bands and a small box to give it tension. If the glue doesn't set after 5 minutes it may be there was too much glue to begin with. You can clean it off or restart.

  • Step Four

    When the glue sets you've the wheel and axles! This design is for a series of grommet car bodies. The binder post allows it for easy assembly.

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[Car] Build a Bristol Paper Car Body.

Supplies for the car body: Print-out of provided pattern, Bristol Paper, knife, ruler, ball-point pen, grommet set, clear tape.
Supplies for the wheels: 2 x sets of Binder Posts, 4 x washers, crazy glue.

  • Step One

    We start by printing the car pattern. This is a fold-out of a car onto a flat sheet. You can design your own car or download this pattern. The exciting part about this is you can customize your car design, fold it and play!

  • Step Two

    Roughly cut the pattern out. Leave about 1/4" inch of border around the pattern.

  • Step Three

    This is the Bristol Paper used here. The brand doesn't matter but make sure it's at least 100lb, that's the sheet thickness.

  • Step Four

    Tape the pattern cut-out onto a sheet of bristol paper. Tape around the entire pattern. This will hold the print in place while you cut around the outline in the next step.

  • Step Five

    With an exacto knife follow and cut around the pattern.

  • Step Six

    Next with a ball-point pen trace the inner lines. These are the lines to fold into shape. You'll find it easy to connect the lines since they mostly start and end at a corner of the pattern. Press firmly with the pen as you trace, this will help cress the paper.

  • Step Seven

    We'll go back a step here and place the pattern back on. In the grommet kit(details to come) there's a hole-puncher. Were the circles are in the pattern carefully align and punch out those four holes. Make these holes as accurate as you can, they will be the alignment of your car axle.

  • Step Eight

    Next, let's put and grommet each of the holes. Then fold the pattern into the car.

  • Step Nine

    It should look like this when done.

  • Step Ten

    Glue the tabs together.

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[Car] Paper Tube Car.

Supplies you'll need: Paper Tube.

  • Step One

    instructions to come.

  • Step Two

    For instructions on the wheels take a look at above's 'Wheel and Axle'.

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[Car] Binder Clip Car.

Supplies you'll need: Binder clip, grommets, corrugated cardboard.

  • Instructions to come.

  • Instructions to come.

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