For being the first weekend in March it is very warm, so the workshop started on it's first main project of the year. Making railroad tracks for a ride-a-top railroad.
140 feet of track equals
280 feet of aluminum rail
420 wood ties
1700 screws and washers
All put together with hand tools only! Never built track before so it was a big learning curve and lots of research.
This is one of the few times I had to buy new lumber instead of using recycled material. At these ties will be in contact with the ground and aluminum at the same time, they needed to be treated with a safe product that was not around a few years ago. First I cut all the 2x4s to length and then cut them in half. After airing out for a few hours I stacked them neatly in the workshop to slowly dry the rest of the way over the winter while the shop is closed. See you in the spring!