Step 4: Track Making Basics
Now you have a jig and plenty of straight wire you can start making some track.
It is best to start out with a few straights as prototypes before thinking about layout.
Place two straight sections of wire in the jig and cut some short 'sleepers' that you will need solder on to the tracks.
You will need to apply quite a lot of heat to this thick copper so we modified the end of our soldering iron for maximum heat transfer.
You will need to make sure that you don't get any solder onto the surface of the tracks that will touch the ball bearing as it rolls. Again, practice here will help.
Once you have soldered your first track sleeper, slide the track up and solder your next sleeper on. Distances between each sleeper can be experimented with, a gap of ~5-8cm worked for us.
Once you have mastered the art of making track pieces, you can move on to corners and tricks!