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baseboard leg ideas

Postby markh » Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:03 pm

Hi chaps, im in need for a bit of help in redoing the legs for my small N guage layout, i tried today & failed to add two cross braces & hinges to back of the legs, but it hasnt worked out,

When i take the layout to shows i place one set of legs inside the plywood baseboard sides, then place another pair inside the frame, and place a bolt in to each leg, but it soon made it unstable and wobble,

I have been thinking of some form of floding leg desgine so the legs fold up inside the board or are sperate and fold up,


The board is 3.8ft X 2.3ft with a 1 inche frame of two plywood strips with blocks of wood placed in between,

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So and advice on how to do the legs,


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Re: baseboard leg ideas

Postby alex3410 » Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:33 pm

Have you thought about using a fold down table instead? it might take allot of the trouble out of it all

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Re: baseboard leg ideas

Postby markh » Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:53 pm

Cheers Alex3410 , I might try that,

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Re: baseboard leg ideas

Postby Buggleskelly » Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:17 pm

Why not try some sawhorses. There are quite a few designs to choose from e.g
http://www.diy.com/departments/bq-sawho ... 547_BQ.prd

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Re: baseboard leg ideas

Postby alex3410 » Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:36 pm

if you do go that route and can see them in person i would recommend it - i got a pair from ikia but turned out to be really cheap and nasty, then i got a pair from screwfix which fold down but are not overly sturdy

the second set are brilliant for woodworking but i don't know if i would trust them with my layout.

if you can find a pair that are decent quality they would probably be better then the table as they would fold down smaller and can be carried individually if needed

I guess you could also add another if you needed / wanted to expanded in the future

also you could space them perfectly for your layout rather then having bits of table sticking out or your layout hanging over the edge

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Re: baseboard leg ideas

Postby markh » Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:53 pm

Cheers, i may go for a small table for when its at fome, & two saw horses for shows,


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Re: baseboard leg ideas

Postby skyblue » Thu Nov 20, 2014 6:50 pm

B&Q do some trestle legs which I have supporting my layout permanently at home. They are very sturdy and made of wood. Sorry, I can't post a link though as I'm in a hurry.

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Re: baseboard leg ideas

Postby Kentishman » Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:16 am

How high do you want the layout to be when it's set up?

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Re: baseboard leg ideas

Postby Emettman » Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:20 am

My current exhibition layout relies on tables being available at the venue, but I've been trying to think of how to get a set of
easy/cheap/stable stable legs that folded to a minimum space.

I even looked at the possibility of inflatable cubes, but that route failed on a combination of size/price issues.

I've seen a few articles for cardboard fold-away chairs and stools, and that still seems like a feasible route

I knocked up this 1/12 scale model last night, for a 3ft high box giving a 2ft x 2ft top. (you'd need two)

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The sides are 2ft and 4ft (to concertina to 2ft)

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It folds down to 3ft by 2ft by 8 thicknesses of card, here 1 thickness of a thin cereal packet.
at 1/12 scale I got a heavy metal saucepan plus 4kg of liquid on top and got nowhere near its load limit.

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