I’ve been reading and enjoying your email updates from around the world for a few years now, and have a little something others might benefit from.
For those of you who have uneven floors where you are building your layouts, or who transport modules to shows and such, I have developed a simple method of adjustable legs.
The key components are threaded inserts and carriage bolts.
The actual size and length will be determined by your situation, but I used 3/8″ bolts and 1/2″ inserts. The inserts are threaded for the size of the bolts.
I purchased mine at a local Ace Hardware store, but I am sure you can find them at more locations.
First you mark the ends of you legs to get center:
Next drill a hole the diameter of the insert, and long enough to allow the bolt to screw into the insert as far as possible.
Thread the insert into the hole, and thread the bolt into the insert.
Since you are threading the insert into end grain, you may have some trouble getting it to thread in straight. I wound up putting the bolt into the insert and using a wrench to turn the whole assembly while putting pressure on the bolt to get the threads started.
Once you mount the leg to the layout, you can use a wrench to turn the bolt in or out to adjust the height.
If you are worried that the bolt might move, you can add a nut on the bolt between the head of the bolt and the insert. When your height is where you want it, just tighten the nut against the insert.
I hope this helps someone out there.
I’ll be posting more as my railroad progresses.
As promised some photos and a rough sketch of my shelving layout in my Summer house.
The Tile adhesive/grout was great for making rocks and road works, I used it to make the train crossing by spreading it across the rails and waited until semi dry to smooth it out and finishing off with black paint and white centre marking. The hardest part was cleaning the bits between the track close to the rail edge. but the trusty dremmel and a steady hand sorted it out.
Keep up the good work.
“Greetings from France
I have just finished my layout if you are interested.
Incline, decline, bridges and extra running track now installed giving 115 metres (5.5 miles at OO gauge scale) of running track with 6 crossings, 3 sets of points between lines and 27 sidings. All within a footprint of 4.5 x 4 metres.
That’s all for today, folks.
A big thanks to Bernard, Ken and Ernie.
Please do keep ’em coming. And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here, if you want to get going on your own masterpiece.