Hi folks Last year, I decided to turn the garage into a little studio. We cant use the garage for our vehicles as cars built in the late 20s/early 30s required smaller openings. Then I got back into the hobby and bought a 4x8 sheet of plywood to set a layout on. My daughter loves the "choo-choooooo" (she's 2), so I thought I would make a larger layout, but didn't have the kind of space that some of those books from Atlas and the like described. Then I read the June issue of MR and saw the 9 x 11 layout that took 2nd place in the midsized layout. I really enjoyed the article but I changed it up a bit to make it fit within my two drop cloths, 8 x 12. A buddy of mine is working construction this summer and 'found' me some wood. And I went and picked up 5 or so pallets that were in the 'free wood' area of Wally-World... Which I cut up to use as ribs and struts for the legs. I am still in the process of assembly, but it IS coming together. This is my first benchwork in 30 years, and I was the 'helper' when I was 8 and dad was doing most everything, but I am surprised with my progress. I need to put in a few more ribs and then find some 2 inch styro for the top. Oh yeah... then I need to finalize what I want the layout to be like... Aaaaand get someone to help me move the monster a foot west and a foot north to snug it in. That way I can open the garage door and have sunlight in on the layout and get some great pics when it's running. Whaddya'll think?