Thursday, June 12, 2014

Building Benchwork for our O Gauge Model Railroad Layout in a Spare Bedroom Project

Modular Benchwork for an O Gauge Model Railroad Layout

Nothing lasts forever so plan for your model railroad future

When building benchwork for your current model railroad layout

Free model railroad plans, O gauge, layout, benchwork
Modular tables for an O Gauge model railroad layout
After settling on the location – a spare bedroom – for our O Gauge model railroad layout on our first page, and deciding how much room we had in the bedroom on our second page, we need to get busy designing the layout’s benchwork and trackwork.
The benchwork (the tables on which the tracks are fastened) is somewhat dependent on the trackwork (how the model railroad tracks are routed around the tables), and vice-versa. There are many methods of constructing benchwork from the basic 4×8-foot sheet of plywood on sawhorses for a transient layout, to building right into the structure of the room’s walls.
We went with a modular design that is semi-permanent model railroad layout, but also can be disassembled and moved if our needs for space change. Let's face it: people buy new houses and move, or interests change. If you don't take this into account, when the day comes that you have to tear down your model railroad layout, there won't be much to salvage. With this design, if you are no longer interested, you can sell the layout to someone else, or if you have to move, your model railroad layout can move with you.

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