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Riding in the car with my son is an adventure. He recites the makes of cars and trucks on the road, asks how vehicles work, and daydreams about the cars he will own when he, “gets big.” We celebrated C’s passion for cars by building this Race Day Wooden Ramp for kids.
C is five years old now, but his love for cars began before he could walk. While he plays, he lies his head on the floor to examine wheels. He memorizes each car’s features. He lines them up. Our son has autism and perseverates on vehicles. We take every opportunity to encourage his enthusiasm for knowing everything about cars!
My husband and I are not carpenters, so this tutorial is easy enough for the least skilled woodworkers among us! Here are the materials you will need to create your Race Day Wooden Ramp for Kids:
- 1 – 8′ finishing trim board for side guard rails
- 4 – 2′ x 4′ x 8′ boards for the base
- 1 – 1/4″ x 2′ x 4′ board for the ramp
- Miter saw
- Wood screws
- 4 corner brackets
- 2 flat brackets
- Measuring tape
- Angled sanding block
- Wood glue
- Black spray paint
- White duct tape
- Black permanent marker
We used more screws than you might need, because our kids have a tendency to be rough with their toys! They’re also rough with us.
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Measure the boards and a miter saw will easily cut the boards and allow you to add angles. We used brackets to give the ramp additional stability.
Here are all the dimensions you will need:
After the ramp was secured, I used wood glue to attach guard rails to the sides to prevent cars from falling off. The guard rails were made with a thin piece of 8-ft trim board that we cut in half. The glue dried in 30 minutes, which was the perfect amount of time to clean up the tools and sawdust before I sanded rough edges and spray painted.
I let the first coat dry and applied a second coat for complete coverage. I cut strips of white duct tape to create lanes and a finish line. Color in squares with a black permanent marker for the checkered finish line!
Our kids are ready to race their own cars on Race Day while cheering on Ty Dillon (#95) at the Ford Ecoboost 400 in Miami on November 20th. As for my husband and me, we have Advil® Film-Coated tablets for muscle pain relief so we can get back in the race with our kids! Will you have a Ford Ecoboost 400 Race Day celebration on November 20th? Don’t forget your Advil® Film-Coated coupon here!
*Among OTC pain relievers