Thursday, December 2, 2010

Oops, I built it again!

The toy I'm posting about was the cause of MANY stress-related coffee breaks (ok, I'll use any excuse to make coffee.. but if I say I'm stressed, I feel more "allowed" to sip and enjoy it). You will hear me say, time and again, that I HATE painting. Just. Can't. Stand. It. So it was a lot for me to actually take the time to "finish" a project before assembling it. But I wanted to build this toy for my nephews, so I had to do it the right way.

I built all the pieces, painted them carefully, and then referred to the plans to assemble it. Unknown to Marissa (at The Design Confidential, who did a great job putting the plans together) and me, the product she based the plans on didn't work well. So I built a DUD.

We I spent quite a while trying to figure out how to make it work before I realized that the angles were all wrong, and that I needed to make it taller. That means that all the time I had spent painting the towers was a waste.

I was disheartened.

Really, I was. So I took almost a week to build a toy that really only took about two hours... I should really stop moping.

Here's the final product!!!

Ok, I have issues following plans. I don't think I've ever followed a plan to the "T". But I thought it would be unfair for two boys to have to share ONE racetrack! So this was what I came up with! It's a little over 3' tall, and a little over 2' wide. 

It's a monster toy.

But the kid and I are still havin' a blast playing with *ahem* TESTING it out... 


  1. Hi! You mentioned that the angles were wrong and you had to make it taller to make this work. Would it be possible for you to elaborate? i.e. Compared to the plans on Design Confidential, what dimensions did you end up changing?

    Love the double track modification! Super cute!

    1. Hi Melanie! Oh my gosh, I haven't reread this post in ages! Thanks for stopping by!

      I sent Ry the modifications and thought she updated the plan - lemme check on that!