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Old 07-21-2017, 07:50 AM
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I looked at the track builders that I have bookmarked and came across Cruzin' Track Systems, which is in AZ. A number of the builders on my list seem to have closed down.
You might contact a track builder and ask what the shipping costs would be. If you only want the track surface and the sections are not large the shipping might not be too expensive.
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Old 07-21-2017, 08:15 AM
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If you know the layout you want, and can produce a computer drawing of it, you might try going directly to a local custom cabinetry shop and get a quote from them.

They should have the CNC routing equipment required, and they should be able to help you develop the job to suit their capabilities. If you're lucky they'll enjoy helping you with your project.

You can specify a surface -- I'd recommend a melamine laminate (Formica).

Yes, it will cost. But it may be no more than having it made by a commercial track builder, especially when you count shipping. Figure on building your own table and doing your own braiding (or taping) and wiring. Anything you can do yourself will be a plus.

If the shop you go to isn't interested, ask them who might be. They should have a good idea who else might be able to do the job for you.

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You could do a lot worse than Bob Scott of Cruzin'. Not only is he a great track builder, he's a wonderful human being to boot.
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Old 07-22-2017, 04:48 AM
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'If you know the layout you want, and can produce a computer drawing of it"

Anyone know a decent program to do a computer drawing?
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Google once created a free 3D drawing package called 'Sketchup' that was very easy to use.

http://www.sketchup.com/

It is still free, but apparently no longer associated with Google.

A slot track should be a very simple model to create in 3D. Basically you'll create some 4 x 8 foot rectangles and extrude them into 3D by 3/8 or 1/2 inch. Slots will be drawn in 2D, extruded into 3D by 3/16 of an inch and then subtracted from the sheets.

Cutouts can be made much the same way, by creating 2D objects, extruding them by the thickness of the sheets, and subtracting them.

Why do I recommend starting with 4 x 8 sheets and subtracting? Because the CNC machine will have to cut your shapes out of raw 4 x 8 sheets of MDF. Build that limitation in at the front end.

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Old 07-22-2017, 11:04 AM
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The 4 x 8 sheets of MDF we get are actually 49" x 97", which may affect things
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Old 07-22-2017, 02:48 PM
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Thanks for all the great ideas guys, much appreciated.

Tom
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