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Building the J & L Raceway
~ Part 1 ~

Building a Home Slot Car Track

Text by Larry Geddes - Photos by James J. Van Scoter

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1)  The basic bare table. Has a ¾” plywood top, height is about 20” above the floor. The lead-on & part of the main straight can be seen at the right.
2)  The bank feasibility study in progress. This is actually the section of track seen in photo 1, turned around & being used as a guinea pig.
3)  The proprietors J&L at work, using a router trammel to finish-contour the OD of a curve.
4)  The included angle of the curve being cut with a special jig. The protractor is set to “zero” & the first cut made…
5)  ...Then the jig is rotated the desired angle & the second end is cut. This is a 140-degree curve for the dead-man.
6)  The finished curve, after cutting out the center.
7)  Most of the pieces for our track, & the jigs that made them. The three curves, from the top, are the bank, the 2-piece donut, & the dead-man. (The lead-on is not shown) The jigs are, top down, a marking gauge for drawing the OD & ID of the curves, the router trammel for finishing the OD of the curves, & the angle-cutting jig.
8)  a), b) & c) Track pieces being test-fitted prior to routing. Excess material on the straights is simply overlapped at this point.
9)  Bottom view of the roller jig used to rout the first slot. Note the ball-bearing rollers that ride on the edge of the track.
10)    Top view of the roller jig. Cutter is raised.
11)    The roller jig ready to cut the first slot. Cutter is inserted in a starter hole.
12)    The pin jig, cutting the last slot. This jig has two 1/8-inch pins that ride in the previously routed slot, maintaining the lane spacing. 
13)     Track is now completely routed & spliced together. Most of the risers are in place, & screw holes & joints are being filled.
14)     The view from the bank end. The hole in the table just before the dead-man is for wiring access to the taps.
15)     View of the donut. Here the gutter transitions can be clearly seen. 
16)     A low view down the main straight.

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