Monday, October 25, 2010

Update - Second Level Plan and Plywood Cutting Software

Just wanted to post a quick update on the progress on the layout. I didn't get a chance to actually do anything visible on the layout this weekend, however, that doesn't mean I wasn't doing something. I updated the Layout Plan page with the 2nd Level plan. I've already gotten feedback to straighten out or put a slighter curve on the right side of the plan instead of the wicked S-curves in there. Also, you'll notice that the peninsula on that side of the plan is now a branch line server a few mines. Parts of this plan came directly out of viewing the Indianoplis Division ZTS charts for the West Virginia Secondary Track.I also studied this line to see what other industries were on there and found numerous chemical plants, which is the large complex at the top of the plan with a supporting yard for it and the mine runs just prior to it on the main line.

One reason I concentrated on getting the 2nd level design done was to ensure that as I started benchwork construction for it, I wasn't building something that I would then have serious issues with as I started to plan around. It's a good thing I did this as 2 of the 3 shelves I was assuming were going to be 12" actually end up being 15". Also, I decided to do the ripping of plywood method of creating 1x3s and 1x2s for the benchwork pieces. I found the following program, Cut List, that is going to help me optimize my cuts for  ripping the plywood. It's pretty easy to use and simple output. Best of all, it's free. I've already been able to segment my benchwork needs to see how much I can fit on on-hand/readily available to buy plywood versus how much, in total, I need for the layout. I would recommend this program to anyone who is looking for a quick way to optimize their plywood cutting, without guessing on whether you will be able to get all your cuts or not.

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