How to Build Wood Tracks

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How to Build Wood Tracks
A wooden train uses modular pieces, which you can build yourself. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Pieces for a wooden train set are modular and are fairly simple to build if you have the right equipment. They are wood blocks with certain shapes routered into them. These tracks are designed to be Brio-compatible, so they will connect to tracks made for Brio sets and some Thomas & Friends sets.

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Things you need

  • 7/16-inch pine plank
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Piece of Brio-compatible track (optional)
  • Saw
  • Router table
  • Train track routing bits
  • Right-angled fixture
  • C clamp (optional)
  • Sandpaper

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  1. 1

    Measure and mark a length of pine to the dimensions you need for your piece of track. Ideally, trace a piece of existing track onto another piece of wood. Your track should be 1 9/16-inches wide. Mark the connector ends on the track as well. For a straight section of track, cut out the length and width of the track, leaving an extra 1/2 inch at one end. If you are making a curved piece of track, do not cut out the piece of track yet.

  2. 2

    Position the router fence 25/32 inch from the router bit and insert the female connector bit into the router table. Lower the router to 3/4 inch above the table.

  3. 3

    Hold the piece of track against the right-angled fixture, with the female connector end at the bottom of the piece. Clamp the wood to the fixture if you have trouble holding it steady. Rout the bottom of the piece to create the female end of the track. This is the end with the hole inside it.

  4. 4

    Cut out a notch on either side of the male end of the track that is roughly outside the circle to be routed.

  5. 5

    Insert the male connector router bit into the router table. Position the fence 5/8 inch from the bit, and lift the router to 11/16 inch. Rout both sides of the male connector.

  6. 6

    Insert the track routing bit into the table. Position the track 5/16 inch from the fence and drop it to 1/8 inch above the track. If you are making a curved piece of track, cut the sides of the wood to shape the track to the curve.

  7. 7

    Run the track piece along the router to put the track into the piece of wood. For a curved piece of track, hold the side of the track against the fence so that the track is curved correctly.

  8. 8

    Flip the track around and rout the other side of the track. For a piece of curved track, adjust the fence to 1-4/16 inches from the bit, and rout it as you did the other side of the curve.

  9. 9

    Sand the edges of the track to prevent splinters.

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