Our wooden train track set (a mixture of Brio and Lillebo from a charity chop) lacked junctions and just had one humpback bridge, so we added a cheap set from Morrisons to our collection.
This came with a pair of ascender/descenders, a couple of bridge spans and a few track supports.
The flaw in these track supports is that the track merely rests atop them. A malcoordinated toddler (as all toddlers are) is liable to knock them over as he is working on other parts of the track, or pushing the train around.
With a bit of D-shaped moulding I had spare from another project, I made them more secure.
There's no need to actually buy a low quality set, in order to take advantage of this instructable, you can just make the supports from 2x4 or whatever you have lying around.
Step 1: Ingredients
- Plain track supports
- Moulding/beading/stripwood of a similar width. Enough for twice the total height of track support you are making.
- Wood Glue
- The Clamps!
You should also have a few bits of track handy, for checking your work.
Step 2: Cut to Length
Cut two pieces of stripwood to the same length as the track support, for each track support you are improving.
If you feel like it, you can cut one end of each at an angle, so that it slopes gracefully into the support, and possibly the other at the same angle, so that they mitre together nicely.
However, I didn't think of that until after I glued it up, (even though my mitre box is right there in front of me) so mine have flat ends.
Step 3: Glue Them Up
Offset the stripwood lengths by slightly less than the height of a piece of track, and glue them to the sides of the track support.
By using an offset full length, rather than simply a shorter piece that pokes out of the top, it allows you to stack them in a pleasing fashion. If you have more ascenders, you can make doubly high-level tracks.
Step 4: Play With It
Once the glue has dried, set up your tracks and have fun.