Dean’s been busy on his Model railroad table – have a look at what he’s done:
“Hi Al, greetings from Dean in New Mexico.
Here’s my latest set of photos and a video on my construction of the Scenic Ridge Railroad.
A recent shoulder replacement has slowed me down a bit, but fortunately I had a number of photos and videos saved up for my series.
So, I’ve been catching up on the smaller videos. This one covers the construction of a lightweight but strong support model railroad table that I built to hold the railroad layout.
It’s on small casters so I can easily move it around to work on, or to photograph, the layout.
The table is built with four L-girders, which has been around for many years. I first saw it in Lynn Wescott’s classic book, “HO Railroad that Grows” that I found in 1960. I spent many hours poring over this book, and it taught me a lot about what I know about model railroad construction. Used copies of the book can still be found on Amazon.
I don’t know who first used the L-girder, but many model railroads have been built with it.
The L-girder consists of two narrow pieces of lumber, glued and screwed together. It makes a very straight, rigid, but lightweight structure.
The design of this table is very versatile, and a similar table could be constructed for sizes up to about four feet by 8 feet.
It’s cheaper than using things like hollow-core doors. Here are some photos showing the construction of the table.
I made a video that talks about the construction in much more detail:
My next construction video, which I hope to get out in about a week, will cover Outer Supports and Fascia Boards, Bridges, and Tunnel Portals. Stay tuned.
A big thanks to Dean. Looking forward to his next installment – it’s really taking shape.
I know a few of you are having problems with the mails at the mo, so if you’ve missed any during the week here are some of them:
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
Don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here, if you want to start your own railway adventure.