Building a Modular Table System for Slot Car Tracks

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Our Carrera Digital 132 track was set up on the floor for years. We built a modular table system to get the slot cars up off the floor. The setup consists of four 4-foot x 8-foot tables that can be arranged in a variety of configurations to accommodate different slot car track layouts. The modular system also includes table extensions that are 1-foot wide by 4 feet long or 8 feet long These are optional, easy to install and remove, and can be used on the short edge or long edge of a table to provide more tabletop space. This is especially helpfulwith Carrera 124/132 track which is larger than 1/32 scale track from other manufacturers such as Scalextric, Ninco, and SCX.

Because tables are butted to each other and also may include the extensions, dimensions of the table frames and top sheeting is critical for a good fit. We created a jig to that not only speeds up construction time but also ensures the tables were built perfectly square so they connected to each other correctly without gaps in the tops or frames.
Modular catch fencing was installed around the entire perimeter to keep the slot cars from crashing to the floor. The fencing is constructed of nylon window screen stretched between two stanchions that are screwed the table frames. The fence sections can be easily removed and installed to accommodate a change in the table configuration.

We set up a short track (Carrera Digital 132) on the new table(s) to test both the functionality of the new table setup (namely was the catch fencing going to be effective) and also to perform reviews of some of the newer cars we’ve acquired. After testing is complete we will build. After testing is complete we will re-arrange the tables to accomodate the club track for slot car club race nights. The design of the track hasn’t been finalized but when complete total length will be approximately 125 feet (38 meters).

Clips used and references: “This is a hybrid … of bluegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, featherbed bent and northern California sensemilia (sic). The amazing stuff about this, is that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on the stuff.” Carl Spackler (Bill Murray), Caddyshack.

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