Final Costs

In an earlier posting, I estimated the cost per linear foot of the track to be around $9. But, this was a rough estimate based on the cost of only the larger components of the track and on 100% utilization of components. In reality, there is a bit of waste on the metal track for the curves and the estimate did not factor in the costs of the track spikes or the screws needed to hold the track in place.

To get a realistic cost per linear foot of track, I added up the total cost of all consumable materials and divided by the number of feet. The table (below) shows all of the consumable costs needed to make my 81 feet of live track. This cost includes the costs needed for the prototypes and any waste material that was left over. The exception is that it does not include the excess metal track that was purchased due to poor estimation of the materials required for the project.

So, the final cost per linear foot is $15.87. This is still significantly cheaper than the $125 per linear foot for the Loco Boose track.

Consumable materials needed for track

Lowe’s SKU Description Count Unit $ Total $ Tax $ Gross $
1039 1X2X8 Red Oak Board 23 7.57 174.11 8.71 182.82
1175 1/4X2X4 Red Oak Scant 46 2.66 122.36 6.12 128.48
2234 4X3/4 PH FL Wood Screw 2 2.57 5.14 0.26 5.40
9362 1/4X2X2 Red Oak Scant 4 1.33 5.32 0.27 5.59
10777 1X2X6 Poplar Board 8 3.98 31.84 1.59 33.43
16422 3/4″x18MM Oak Cabinet Grade Plywood 1 44.88 44.88 2.24 47.12
19379 5/16″X48″ Poplar Round Dowel 14 0.68 9.52 0.48 10.00
19416 1/4″X36″ Red Oak Round Dowel 1 0.88 0.88 0.04 0.92
19437 3/8″ Oak Wood Button (Mushroom Top) 132 0.17 21.78 1.09 22.87
—— 3/8″ Oak Wood Button (Mushroom Top) – Mailorder 30 0.10 3.00 3.00
19444 5/16 Oak Round Dowel 64 0.88 56.32 2.82 59.14
27594 3/8″X36″ Poplar Square Dowel 105 0.88 92.40 4.62 97.02
35880 3.25 Oz PreBond Woodfill 1 2.98 2.98 0.15 3.13
45862 Minwax 1 Qt Satin Polyurethane 1 8.87 8.87 0.44 9.31
46575 Minwax 1 Qt Wood Conditioner 1 9.98 9.98 0.50 10.48
52068 2X3/8 PFH BRS WD Screw 2 0.98 1.96 0.10 2.06
86091 8 Oz TiteBond Orig Wood Glue 1 2.27 2.27 0.11 2.38
86092 16 Oz TiteBond Orig Wood Glue 1 3.98 3.98 0.20 4.18
86165 1 QT Dark Walnut Wood Finish 1 5.87 5.87 0.29 6.16
225794 2″ PGP Star Drive Screws 2 8.48 16.96 0.85 17.81
—— 0.05×3.5x.5 Stainless Steel custom plates w/4 holes 110 2.31 254.10 254.10
—— #4×1/4 Pan Head Steel Square Drive screws 400 0.03 13.92 13.92
—— Lagas Code 250 Nickel-Silver rail joiners 40 0.65 26.12 26.12
—— Lagas 1/2″ large spikes 1000 0.02 20.90 20.90
—— Lagas Code 250 Nickel-Silver 6′ rails 32 9.98 319.36 319.36
—— 1/4 Oak Wood Button (Mushroom Top) 100 0.08 8.00 8.00

 Total 1,285.69
Total Linear Feet of Track 81  15.87 1,285.69

Special Tools Needed for Project

Lowe’s SKU Description Count Unit $ Total $ Tax $ Gross $
Milwaulkee Table Saw 1
Dewalt Hand Drill 1
Saw Horse 2
Riobi 3/8 HP router 1
Carpetendar’s Square 1
127093 Skil Delux Router Table 1 69.00 69.00 3.45 72.45
171028 3/8″ Auger Bit 1 10.63 10.63 0.53 11.16
177059 1/16″ Titanium Drill Bit 1 2.96 2.96 0.15 3.11
195435 ALI 4×36 Sanding Belt, 120 Grit 2 5.86 11.72 0.59 12.31
195714 ALI 6″ DA Disc 220 Grit 1 11.29 11.29 0.56 11.85
204419 Skil CT 3/4X25/32 Straight Double Flute router bit 1 8.98 8.98 0.45 9.43
204422 Skil CT 3/8X25/32 Straight Double Flute router bit 1 7.98 7.98 0.40 8.38
204588 Skil 1/8″ Roundover 1/2″BB Double Flute router bit 1 12.98 12.98 0.65 13.63
206527 QT Turpentine 1 4.98 4.98 0.25 5.23
209208 Dewalt 1/4″ Brad 1 5.48 5.48 0.27 5.75
209210 Dewalt 5/16″ Brad 1 6.48 6.48 0.32 6.81
219285 1″ Metal Spring Clamp 16 1.98 31.68 1.58 33.26
227313 Bosch Carbide Tipped 5/16 X 1 Straight Double Flute router bit 1 13.97 13.97 0.70 14.67
241624 4″ Hand Clamp 6 6.96 41.76 2.09 43.85
243599 Firestorm 10″ 200T Saw Blade 1 12.97 12.97 0.65 13.62
251929 Task Force 4″X6″ Belt Disc Sander 1 99.00 99.00 4.95   103.95
251932 Task Force 10″ Bench Drill Press with Laser and Light 1 99.00 99.00 4.95   103.95
—— #4 Square driver 1 1.20 1.20 1.20
—— Lagas Code 250 Track Gauge 1 16.10 16.10 16.10
—— Lindsay Code 250 Rail Bender 1 80.70 80.70 80.70

571.40
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