Sunday, August 7, 2016

Build Something

It's been a while, I know. Well, life and health got in the way that is only being diagnosed and treated now. I don't think I've ever mentioned this, but I have Crohn's and I've only really ever had 2 active sessions since being diagnosed 20 years ago, 1 that led to surgery, another that led to scaring. Well, I'm in the midst of a 3rd but it's being treated at the moment and I'll be going through the normal round of looking at my guts to figure out location and best treatment. Anyways, that's one of the primary reasons nothing's happened on the layout or anything really.

I have friend though who always says just build something, anything, to get even 1 car and an engine moving on track. Well, today I took that plunge. I'm a fan of Lance Mindheim and I bought most of his books on operation, switching layouts, and various plans. I decided to do something small to start out and will be doing my interpretation of the layout he builds in How to Build a Switching Layout. He calls it "The Palmetto Spur". I'll call it something else, eventually, but for now, here are some progress shots. First up, here's the design:

In the book, the HCD sized is 16" x 80". A direct reduction to N scale would be just under 9" x 43", so I went with 9" x 48". I decided on the 48" length because I had bought a few 2x4 handy panels at Lowes or Home Depot, can't remember. These were 1/2" plywood so I decided to give it a shot.

The technique I decided to use is one I've watched Mark Lestico use on his former Cascade Sub and current HO Port of Long Beach. Last Black Friday I bought a Kobalt portable table saw and decided today would be the day I worked it out.

This thing rocks, btw. If you have the opportunity to get a portable 10" table saw, do it. It wasn't too hard for me to get up out of he basement and setup was easy, I even read the manual and realized I could store everything within it when folded up!

 I cut out 1 9" wide section, a couple 4" wide sections, a couple 1 1/2" wide sections. The 4" wide sections would be the "wings" supporting the bench work as well as one of the stringers. The 1 1/2" wide sections would be a stringer as well as setup for the staging cassette. Here's the obligatory I cut everything out pic:

So basically with glue and some pneumatic finishing nails, I was able to build out the basic benchwork for the layout with the cassette. The finished product below, along with the wood glue and pneumatic finishing nailer for affect:

I need to go get either 1/4" thick wood or plywood for the fascia and backdrops. I may stay away from hardboard here, but I have to see what my local big boxes offer. Hopefully get them on quickly and start the whole painting stuff, laying track this up coming weekend.


Ed said...

Go Phil Go!!!

Mike McNamara said...

Looking good, congrats on building "something"! A good learning experience and you never know where it might lead. So, when's the first Op Session?

Phil D said...

Let's not get crazy now Mike!

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