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Glen Haasdyk
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Posted - 10/02/2020 :  09:15:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the encouragement everyone. This is the most ambitious project I've taken on in awhile.
So I took down the last of it on Tuesday night:



Originally I had built the 2X8 a as a 2 piece portable module, that was bolted together in the middle. To add it to this layout I screwed it together and sceniced over the joint.



Then After a through cleaning of the room with both the shop-vac and our good vacuum cleaner, I decided to lay out the footprint of the new layout with masking tape. The far end in the photo shows the 5X4' section that will have the narrow gauge section re-attached. I allowed for a 2' wide operator 'pit' in the center with the hinged drop down marked out to the side.






the other end is 7X3' section, I'm thinking of adding a small access hatch/hole in the far corner and widening this another 6" for just a bit more space. As it stands the two sides are almost 9' long and range from 2-2 1/2' wide.




The drop-down is 1'6" wide. I figure that should be enough for an average person to squeeze through on their way in. The tape measure it showing the 48" diameter turn the track will go.





The opposite end with the tape measure showing the 60" diameter mainline turn that will be on this end. Keep in mind that I plan to make the branchline incline to curve outside the mainline so I'll need plenty on room here. I also hope to put my sawmill either on the inside of the mainline here or the other end.
I hope to start building the benchwork this weekend.



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robert goslin
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Posted - 10/03/2020 :  12:05:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Smart idea to mark it out on the floor Glen. Certainly will give you a better idea of the foorprint, than just working off a drawing.


Regards Rob

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jbvb
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Posted - 10/03/2020 :  2:19:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I could step sideways through a short 18" aisle, but I've met a fair number of modelers who couldn't.


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Glen Haasdyk
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Posted - 10/04/2020 :  7:42:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well since it's primarily myself that will be going in and out I think the width of the drop-down will be suitable.
Well construction has started. Yesterday a friend came by with his truck and we carted the unsalvageable remains of the old layout away. Then we dropped by the lumberyard:





We picked up one sheet of 3/4" fir plywood, two sheets of 1/2" fir plywood and 8, 8' 2X2's. Grand total, 172$ Canadian. The 3/4 is to be ripped into 3" strips for framing and the 1/2 will be for roadbed and the layout surface. The 2X2's are the new legs as I have agreed not to attach the layout to the walls.




This is the pile of Salvaged material that I have. I already used a fair amount when this picture was taken. Yesterday I also made a trip to a local pawn shop and found an almost new Ryobi circular saw for 30$. It's cheap but does the job. It's not like I'm building a house with it.




With the salvaged material I was pretty much able to frame the one end part. This it about 3 1/2' X 7' . I still have to add some more cross braces but it's already pretty strong. I also had enough to build almost half of the other end as well.
Next I have to rip some 3" lengths out of the 3/4" plywood sheet that I got yesterday be fore I can continue with the framing.



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robert goslin
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Posted - 10/05/2020 :  03:55:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Off to a good start Glen. $30 for the power saw, was a bargain. Good pick up.


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robert goslin
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Posted - 10/05/2020 :  03:56:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Off to a good start Glen. $30 for the power saw, was a bargain. Good pick up.


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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 10/05/2020 :  08:54:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Youíre making good progress, Glen.


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Glen Haasdyk
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Posted - 10/11/2020 :  9:32:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Thanks everyone
I got a fair amount of progress over the past two days.
First I started ripping the 3/4 plywood into 3"X8' lengths




First, I'm going to point out that I an not a carpenter by any means. Mostly my benchwork and carpentry technics are learned from others both in the hobby and places I have worked.
I didn't trust myself to cut a straight line 8 feet long so I set up an guide with a 1X2 that was clamped and screwed into the plywood. That worked well for two cuts when:





When you buy a cheap saw, you get a cheap blade. This one lasted only a few cuts before it was toast. it also made a mess of a few lengths I cut before I realized it was that bad. This morning I went out and bought a new improved blade and it works just fine.
I then spent a few hours this afternoon assembling benchwork:





It's one thing to have a tape outline on the floor, it's another to see it in 3 dimensions.





I built the two ends first then attached them with the length on the back wall. I still have a fair amount of inner framing to do but you get the idea.



I also used the rear piece to form a 'friction fit' between the far wall and the small jog in the back wall. It's pretty tight and will keep the layout from moving. I still am planning to add bracing to the legs to make it as a solid a structure as I can. Speaking of the legs, I can really appreciate the extra 6 inches of height, no more bending way down for me.



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Glen Haasdyk
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Posted - 10/11/2020 :  9:37:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
On a side note I went to a swap meet yesterday and got pretty much all the track and wiring supplies I'll need for this project. all I think I still will need are rail joiners, both metal and insulated.




I got the wire for my bus lines and the track feeders, a bag of suitcase connectors, and some track accessories





A bundle of gently used code 100 track and a bundle of 10 lengths brand new code 83 flextrack. I got the code 83 for about 50% of what the local hobby shop would want. I originally was going to lay the while layout in code 100 but now I plan to build the mainline in code 100 and the branch in 83 for a bit of contrast.






2 atlas code 83 short turnouts for the branchline, 2 peco medium code 100 turnouts, 1 HOn3 #6 turnout and one dual gauge #6 turnout.

I think I should have all the track I'll need



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robert goslin
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Posted - 10/12/2020 :  01:19:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Glen, for $30, you didn't really expect a good blade as well.
Hope you got a blade with more teeth, to give a smoother cut.


Regards Rob

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robert goslin
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Posted - 10/12/2020 :  01:28:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You sure are progressing well. Benchwork looks good. I can't tell from the pics. Is it fastened to the back wall ?
And although you have mentioned leg bracing, will you put an extra leg in the middle of the long length.
I'm glad the extra height is working for you. It will also make a big difference when viewing the finished layout.

Nice assortment of goodies from the swap meet. I find a lot of swap meets here, they still charge high prices, so you did OK.



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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 10/12/2020 :  08:54:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Should be a good thread to follow. Good luck!

Jerry

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 10/12/2020 :  10:04:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Itís looking good, Glen.

Thatís a good haul of goodies. Iíve gotten some real bargains at swap meets but It requires one to be observant as well as patient.

Interesting thread you have going here.

Mike



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Glen Haasdyk
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Posted - 10/12/2020 :  12:22:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks everyone. I picked up everything that you see for less than 200$ Canadian so I figure that was a pretty good deal.
The layout is not attached to the walls so I'm trying to make it as solid as possible so the drop gate will have good alignment I think it will be better when I start installing the decking and roadbed.
I am going to add that extra leg, as well as more cross braces in that area, that's what the small pieces of 2X2 and for.



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Glen Haasdyk
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Posted - 10/12/2020 :  11:16:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not as much progress today but I did finish the last main framework.



I did have some trouble with this part. I thought I could simply frame the angle in and it would hold in place. Instead when I tightened the screws it kept trying to straighten itself and was throwing the alignment for the future drop gate out. I finally figured out what was happening and framed it in square and I'll add the angle piece in when I add the 1/2 decking to the top. That should keep everything in place.
I also added the extra leg to the rear length.





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