Benchwork: Correcting Warped Lumber

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by ScottyB, Dec 26, 2004.

  1. docsnavely

    docsnavely Member

    I really had no problems with the wood I used for my benchwork. I bought it all at the local DIY store in the middle of the summer heat and humidity. No warping as of yet, but then again I used 2x4's for the frame, 1x2's for the lattice under the plywood, and 4x4's for the legs. I think all-in-all, I used an entire tree for my setup!:rolleyes: Oh well, lesson learned for the next layout:

    USE SMALLER WOOD!:thumb: :D
  2. theBear

    theBear Member

    A little heavy is it ????
  3. cobra

    cobra Member

    Look at the bright side , Doc . If you ever decide to build a 4 tiered G scale layout , you already have the benchwork in place . :D :D :thumb:

  4. ausien

    ausien Active Member

    For my bench work, I used 2x1 & 3x1 rardiatta pine, cheap, but useable. to keep the warp, & twist out of it I clamped it between 2 leangths of angle iron about a foot apart untill I was ready to use it, and stored it in the train room. the bench work has been up for about two years now, so far so good.. my bench work is Lgirder construction, and open grid, with risers holding the trackbed, the screenery(what there is of it) fills in the spaces... I hope this helps solves some problems, or causes a base for discusion:D :D :D ....Have a good one...steve:wave: :wave: :wave:
  5. cobra

    cobra Member

    The plywood method that was mentioned by BikerDad , Andrew and Dave would be very cost effective IMO . I haven't tried it myself because I was satisfied with my other methods . Ripping a 4x8 sheet of 1/2" or 3/4" plywood wood require a good table saw and a couple of people to keep everything steady . You could get 12 four inch strips out of a sheet , making it pretty cheap . I guess you could even use the resulting PILE of sawdust for ground cover , grass etc. like we used to do in the 'old days ' . :rolleyes:

  6. docsnavely

    docsnavely Member

    Just a little bit. Once I put the legs on I discovered that I could not lift this big "L" by myself. It took myself along with my poor little wife and 2 neighbors to flip it! :rolleyes:

    As for the 4 tier G scale layout, it's a good idea, but I think it would be destined to be a switching only track plan. I think i'll stick to my N gauge 2 tier subway layout!:thumb:

  7. pjb

    pjb Member

    Use galvanized stamped metal studding, with foam sheet.
    Always dimensionally stable indoors, and cheaper in the long run.
    Good-Luck, PJB
  8. theBear

    theBear Member

    I haven't priced any of that in a long while. I usually manage to get most of my wood for the price of carting it off. I'll look at it when I get to the Despot err Depot [​IMG].

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