Trainroom

Foam Base And Legs

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Adding the Feet


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Benchtop Sheets

Basic construction



Erik built the web frame "sheets".
Need to attach adjustable feet and level things up,
attach to wall, and each other.
Then on to the foam layer.



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The New Layout Emerges


Racks


Gorilla Racks (and a couple of wall cleats) are used as the structural support for the Monster Modules (sheets).
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Sheets and Supports


Semi-modular



Sheets are 3/8 Plywood.
The City Module (above) is 100% reuse. Built on 3/4 or 1/2 ply with feet. No supports needed.
The Logging/Mining "Top Route" is reused, but the old base scrapped.
Sheet dimensions as indicated.
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Sheet Support


Supports are 1x4s (or 1x3s?)
Supports are screwed to Sheets.
Sheets and supports sit on racks and wall cleat.
Supports have adjustable feet where they sit on the racks.
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Racks and Supports


Figure illustrates position of supports on sheets, and position of feet in relation to racks.
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Better get Busy

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Hiatus

So,…
A module approach was a good idea! Prescient.
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Bench work

4 1/2 height Gorilla racks with a "bridge"
The "bridge" is 4x2 ft 1/2" plywood set into aluminum angle "iron" pop riveted to the bench.
Gives some stability to the two benches, as well as supporting the 4 single modules.
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Modular Benchwork

In keeping with the portable approach,…
installed 2 "Gorilla" racks as 4, 1/2 height benches.
Biggest headache was leveling them on the VERY uneven floor.
And maintaining alignment to each other.

And, the Lionel stuff is boxed and stored. But, still available for the boys to play with.
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Lionel Storage

"Final" organization and crating of the Lionel trains, track, structures, parts and pieces.
Separated out the "Play train" elements for the boys, if they're interested.

Now, need to get the "Gorilla" racks.

Cave Prep

Cellar Prep 2

Lionel Disassembly and Storage (part 1)
COMPLETE
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Bench Work Phase 1
COMPLETE
Existing MDF table