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How to make a Track Dolly
track dolly made by buildeazy
woodworking projects from the do-it-yourself carpentery workshop
 




How to make a Track Dolly
arrow Page one: Introduction - Materials list
bullet Page two: The wheels and the angle
bullet Page three: The dolly platform
bullet Page four: The tracks   -   User Comments/Photos
bullet See the VIDEO at YouTube

Introduction
Because we tend to be focusing more and more on videoing Buildeazy projects, we try to improve production as we go and occasionally we get - or make - a new tool to help.
"A track dolly would help", somebody said. Mmmmmmmmm, I don't know if we'd use one all that much, but sure would be fun to make. And after all, that's what we do: make things.

A bit of research told us that there seems to pretty much be a standard method of building a D.I.Y. track dolly. It basically consists of a platform sitting atop a couple of pieces of angle aluminium (spelled aluminum in USA), with skateboard wheels attached beneath. The track dolly moves very smoothly along the tracks, which are a couple of PVC pipes.

Anyway, who are we to argue with the tried and tested? So we worked out the size that would best suit us and scouted around for the materials.

This is how you can make our version of the track dolly...

The measurements
The measurements throughout this project are given in both Standard (inches) and Metric (mm). The standard measurements are best suited to North America and the Metric measurements are best suited to Australasia and other countries. The inch sizes given in this project do not convert exactly to their corresponding metric (mm) equivalents, so use one or the other.

You will need the track dolly upside down

bullet One piece of 3/4" (18mm) thick plywood 30" (760mm) wide x 42" (1060mm) long.

bullet Two pieces of 1/8" (3mm) thick angle aluminum 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" (40mm x 40mm)

bullet Twelve skateboard wheels 1 1/16" (30mm) wide x 2" (50mm) diameter and bearings to suit.

bullet Four pieces of 1 1/4" (32mm) inside diameter PVC waste pipe 10ft (3000mm) long.

bullet Four pieces of 1 1/4" (32mm) outside diameter PVC conduit pipe 6" (150mm) long.

bullet Twelve 5/16" (8mm) hex bolts 2" (50mm) long.

bullet Thirty-six 5/16" (8mm) nuts and twenty-four washers.

bullet Sixteen screws 1 1/2" (40mm) long.

bullet A dab of PVC pipe glue.

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