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which is the good idea and which the dumb?

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My wife and I are planning to make our holiday layout permanent and expand it a bit. Our garden has a walkway in it made of Trex. The trex is laid right at ground level--picture is here:

The expansion plans call for the new track to cross that path twice, parralel to the edges of the trex board. Basically, parrallel to the botom of the picture.

My wife wants the crossing to be at grade. I've been thinking of two ways to do this

1. First would be to set the track in the trex board like streetcar rails--usng my table saw, cut a groove that's exactly to guage, then epoxy the track in place. Upside is it's neat and relatively prototypica, nobody trips. Downside, I think,  is going to be accuracy--I've got to get those cuts exactly right. Would it work to do it on a table saw? Not, I'm thinking, if the edge of the trex board is uneven. I could use a router also, but I'd have the same problem--how to get two dead straight lines exactly the right width apart in my crowded home shop

My second option would be to order a few of these:

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From Split-Jaw, and then to rout a channel in the trex and set the crossing piece in the channel
Upside: requires less accuracy

Downside: less prototypical, colors won't match, more expensive

Any thoughts on which would work better? I actually don't know how much leeway there is in guaging track. I'm leanign twards option two
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Posted By lownote on 01/11/2008 9:55 AM

My second option would be to order a few of these:


Downside: less prototypical, colors won't match, more expensive

Interesting.. I don't think either one is a dumb idea..
Sounds to me as though you are just having doubts as to your ability to cut accutarely. IMHO, I'd think the table saw would be the better tool, as long as you take the time to make absoutely sure that your rip fence is accurately aligned.  Just take your time and make as many test cuts in scrap stock as necessary to be certain that your gauge is correct.

I like the idea of the Split-Jaw road crossing though. Take a peek at many of your prototype grade crossing. the pavement rarely remains consistant in coloration. It'll probably be closer to prototype than you think. 

Also, having a contrasting color at the crossings may help deter inadvertant tripping and bring your guests attention to the fact that they may have their Nike or Adidas involved in a grade crossing incident.
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