Who knew a simple wooden block could be so troublesome?
Then I had a brain wave. Queue the choir.
No more 3 points of failure!
Of course there is still one point of failure, but without gluing them down, there is no helping that.
Interested? Here's what you need.
- Wood glue
- 4 Size 4 x 3/4" screws
- 2 wooden track elevators
- 1 piece of track
- drill (to predrill holes)
- 2 clamps
Choose screws small enough (I used size 4 x 3/4" screws.) to fit into the track so that they will lie flat to allow the train to run smoothly along the track.
Choose a piece of track that does not have track or street on the bottom side so that the glue can bond well with the wooden track elevators.
Clamp each end and leave it clamped for as long as your glue says too. TiteBond wood glue's instructions require that you leave it clamped for 30 minutes. If you don't have clamps, I am sure a heavy dictionary or other heavy object would suffice. This isn't a piece of furniture or anything. Besides, you are going to secure it with screws.
When the glue has dried, remove the clamps and drill some holes, 4 to be exact - 2 for each wooden elevator. Your drill bit should be just a little bit smaller than the screw with threads. The threads have to catch on something, right?
Then apply your screws, and voila!
Get some technical help from your assistant.
If you have a lot of the wooden track elevators (thanks, craigslist), create several with different lengths of track.
I hope this helped someone else with Thomas loving little ones.