Rockler Train Track Router Bits
These carbide-tipped bits let you create classic wooden toy train tracks, similar to the expensive store-bought track. Cut enough track and the bits will pay for themselves, but the funnest part is getting creative and inventing track elements that nobody has ever seen before! Interesting Y-junctures and intersections, bridges and hills—it's all up to your imagination.
Use the Double Groove Bit to cut both track grooves in a single pass—ideal for straight sections of track. The Singe Groove Bit, on the other hand, is used to cut the grooves in curved sections of track. Use the remaining two bits to machine the male and female portions of the ball joint track linkage.
- Sturdy 1/2" shanks ensure a smooth finish and minimal vibration.
- White Birch, Maple or European Beech stock recommended.
- Please note some wood species are toxic. Please be sure to use only wood species safe for children, who may place the train tracks in their mouth.
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WARNING: Drilling, sawing, sanding or machining wood products can expose you to wood dust, a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a dust mask or other safeguards for personal protection. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/wood.
over 3 years ago
Do you have a video of how to work with these cutters? I see that there are instructions, but to me it is not absolutely clear.
And another question, how often they should be changed or sharpen?
You can use whatever wood you like. I was using basswood or poplar because of availability in my local market. The blades are still in excellent shape after producing 60 feet of track.
The straight track double cutter is a breeze to work with. It helps to visualize how the cutter is going to work if you have a manufacturer's piece of track handy. Use plenty of featherboards to keep the board tight against the fence when feeding the cutter.
The curves in the plans did not make sense. Instead, I used the single groove bit and a curve adapter (on a shopmade flat jig) for my handheld router to cut the curves out of 6 inch wide stock with each finished curve only 6-8 inches long. Then I cut the curves out via a bandsaw. Put the male portion of the track interlock on the straight grain portion of the curve otherwise the pin with break.
The female portion of the track interlock is easy to produce. First, you will need to build the plan's simple jigs that will support the track piece vertically. I wanted my shopmade track to work with the manufacturer's track. I had spare pieces of original track to use as guides to set the depth for the cutter. It will take trial and error with scrap pieces of track stock to get the router and router table adjusted. Once you have the router producing the right cut, save a piece of track back as a reference for next time.
The male portion of the track interlock are trickier and more tedious to set up. I found once I got my adjustments correct it was best to do all the pins in one run for consistency. Save a finished piece as reference for next time.
If you are creative, there is even a way to use these cutters to produce switches (left or right or even 3way) using the same jigs and set-ups.