Introduction: Portable Cardboard Race Track

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After a christmas party my neighbor had two long cardboard tubes to throw out.

I happily accepted them and started thinking of projects - the first one that came to mind was a portable race track!

This is really simple and when you are finished racing you just fold the tube up, slip a few rubber bands around it and you are done!

You will need the following things:

  1. Long cardboard tube with end caps
  2. Two pencils
  3. Scissors
  4. Sticky tape
  5. Two cars
  6. Ruler
  7. Paper
  8. The ability to have FUN!

Step 1: Open the Tube.

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First and foremost you have to open up the tube.

This is achieved by cutting a near straight line down the edge of the tube.

You now have to fold it open and crease it like shown in photo two.

Now you can move on!

Step 2: Finish Line

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You now have to make the finish line.

Get a strip of paper and draw on a checked flag or the word "finish" I did a bit of both.

Make sure the design isn't all the way to the ends because you will need to tape them onto the ends of the pencils.

Tape the ends of the banner the the pencils and set it aside.

Now take the two end caps that came with the tube and poke a hole in the center of each, these will support the pencils in turn supporting the banner.

Now you can move on!

Step 3: Set It Up and Race!

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Now all you have to do is find a waste basket and sit one end of the track on it and put the finish banner at the other end and race away!

Packing up is simple, the banner rolls up onto the pencils like a scroll and the cars go into the tube.

Use some rubber bands to keep it together and stash it away for another great day of racing!

Thanks for reading, please share this around!

Comments

Fission Chips (author)2015-01-19

Awesome! Great job on your pics - this looks super sick to make.

JM1999 (author)Fission Chips2015-01-19

Thanks, I tried so many different angles on the pics, it seemed to take forever!

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