First 4' x 6' baseboard

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First 4' x 6' baseboard

Postby Montfort » Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:08 am

Hello Happy Railway Modeller !
I have in my mind a plan for a very large (for me !) layout (dimensions: 4' x 6'). It's not for Hornby trackmat. I drew my own trackplan. But I never built a baseboard like that. I don't need legs because I have a lot of wooden trestles. I want to use 15mm chipwood because it's much cheaper than plywood. All your advices will be extremely appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: First 4' x 6' baseboard

Postby luckymucklebackit » Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:38 am

Hi Montford a few thoughts/questions
- Are you thinking about a 6ft by 4ft solid baseboard?
- is this going to be a permanent or portable layout?

If the answer to both is yes then I will tell you that it is a heavy and unwieldy piece of timber which will still need a frame to prevent it flexing. If it is permanent, then you will need access from every side of the layout, as if it is up against a wall then you will not reach the back.

My first layout was a 6ft by 4ft portable with a 18" x 3ft operating hole in the centre, still heavy but manageable and every part of the layout could be reached from the operating well

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Re: First 4' x 6' baseboard

Postby Montfort » Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:04 pm

Thanks luckymucklebackit. It's something between a permanent and a portable layout, if you see what I mean... :roll:
This is my very first idea for my baseboard (1.15 m x 1.80 m). I'm planning to use four sheets of 12mm chipboard. There is a hole in the middle. I'll screw all these sheets on 27x27mm or 27x34mm timbers.

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Re: First 4' x 6' baseboard

Postby luckymucklebackit » Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:44 pm

Yep - that looks OK

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Re: First 4' x 6' baseboard

Postby Montfort » Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:46 pm

Thanks. Now I must talk to SWMBO about my little big project. Whatever she says it will be an order for me. :mrgreen: :roll: :o
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Re: First 4' x 6' baseboard

Postby End2end » Fri Nov 23, 2018 2:07 pm

Montfort wrote:Thanks. Now I must talk to SWMBO about my little big project. Whatever she says it will be an order for me. :mrgreen: :roll: :o

Just let her know...well at least it isn't as big as End2end's layout at 11 foot by 8 foot. :lol:
Hopefully she'll see the funny side and agree to yours. :mrgreen:
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Re: First 4' x 6' baseboard

Postby Montfort » Fri Nov 23, 2018 3:51 pm

Good advice. Thanks. :lol:
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Re: First 4' x 6' baseboard

Postby Montfort » Fri Nov 23, 2018 3:54 pm

I can't find the End2end layout topic. Do you have any link :?:
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Re: First 4' x 6' baseboard

Postby End2end » Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:22 pm

Dave wrote:Rule one: never tell your mrs that your mate has a bigger one :o

:lol: :lol:
All my thread links are in blue under any of my posts but heres page 1 of my building thread - viewtopic.php?f=22&t=48176
And direct to the proposed track layout - viewtopic.php?f=22&t=48176&start=390#p626163
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Re: First 4' x 6' baseboard

Postby Montfort » Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:25 pm

Thanks E2E. I found this track plan somewhere on the web. Now I want a layout like this one.

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Re: First 4' x 6' baseboard

Postby End2end » Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:32 pm

Personally I've always had a problem with layouts like that. As the sidings are opposite you always have to reverse into one set of them. :?
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Re: First 4' x 6' baseboard

Postby Montfort » Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:07 pm

As I'll never have enough money to build all these sidings I'll never have this kind of problem. :lol:
I found the topic about this big layout: My 6x4 layout, Sumware
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Re: First 4' x 6' baseboard

Postby Chops » Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:42 pm

I rather prefer the first track plan. The extensive fiddle yards might seem interesting, but they may prove to be sticking points for small wheel base shunters, and exactly to what industry would they be shunting to? That, and if the baseboard is flush against a wall, any reach beyond 2.5 feet will be most hazardous. Lastly, I used chip board on a first layout many moons ago. It sags and warps a lot, even between trestles. I found it to be more of a drape than a slab. Question: are there any lumber salvage yards near where you live? A 4x6 plywood doesn't have to be pretty, just strong. If space allows, a used hollow door set side to side upon trestles can provide an inexpensive, and pre-braced baseboard. I greatly enjoy small layouts, and hope you will post your advances.
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Re: First 4' x 6' baseboard

Postby Montfort » Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:45 am

Thanks Chops. As I wrote before I'll never have enough money (The President took it all :lol: ) to build all these sidings. Right now, I'm waiting for The SWMBO answer... :roll: :? :o
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Re: First 4' x 6' baseboard

Postby Chops » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:58 am

Any developments? Your American Cousin eagerly awaits!
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