Need Sides On My Benchwork

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by bobaloo000, Feb 2, 2005.

  1. bobaloo000

    bobaloo000 New Member

    I need to put up sides, about 3-4 inches high on some of my benchwork because the track gets very close to the edge. I am not a carpenter and I would love some advice on the best way to do this.

  2. revandy

    revandy Member

    I mount 3/8" clear plastic sheeting approx 6-8" high, it keeps little fingers away and saves the rolling stock from taking a header onto my concrete floor.
  3. 77railer

    77railer Member

    Are you wanting to mount something to the foam? or the wood part of your benchwork. Plexiglass would work for either and can be purchased at any local hardware store....

  4. bobaloo000

    bobaloo000 New Member

    I want to mount it to the 3/4" plywood. I think some wood screws would work, the plexiglass is a great idea. I'm going to Lowes tonight to pick up a Dremel, I'll see if they have any. I'm thinking 1 1/2" wood screws to attach it. Sound right to you?
  5. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    3/4" X 8 screws would work well. drill pilot holes in the wood, and clearance holes in the plexi. (or countersunk, if you use flathead screws)
  6. bobaloo000

    bobaloo000 New Member

    Thanks everyone for the help. I have to tell you I'm new at this and model rr's, no matter what forum (I troll through many) have to be the friendlies and most helpful of any I've found on the net. From computers to music to pin collecting I'm active in a lot of places and usually newbies on those other sites are treated like dirt with few willing to help. Thanks for this.

    btw, I got to 1 1/2 by addin 3/8" plexi + 3/4" plywood. Forgot I was going INTO the plywood.
  7. bobaloo000

    bobaloo000 New Member

    I had not even thought that my GodSon will get a kick out of these trains. Thanks for the tip, he's a good kid, but a little rambunctious as are most 4 year olds.
  8. ausien

    ausien Active Member

    this thread reminds me I must get an off cut of perspex, I to have perspex around the edges of my layout to keek little fingers from touching the trains as they go by but have a 9" gap that I have not filled yet,its out of sight as I run trains but near the door where kids sneak in for a look. Thanks for the thread Bobaloo000 the engine you saved maybe MINE... have a good one..steve
  9. Bikerdad

    Bikerdad Member

    Use pan head screws to attach the plexiglass. Doing so will spread the stress over a greater area, reducing the chance of cracks and such. Also, you can use 1" screws, possibly even 3/4" without any trouble.
  10. SAL Comet

    SAL Comet Member

    Ha Bob, standard thickness of Plexiglass is about 1/8". BTW welcome to the Gauge
  11. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    If you want to make the plexi easily removable for maintanance, cut a rectangle off each each bottom corner about 1" x 2" and take out a similar sized piece from the bottom center, and use them for spacers, then screw a narrow piece of plywood over the front of the layout with the three spacers to hold it out from the layout and create a slot in the front that the plexi will slide into.
  12. davido

    davido Member

    and use a screw driver (not a battery drill) making slow turns to snug it up. i am an expert at running the screw up to tight and cracking the plexiglass.

  13. Dragon

    Dragon Member

    I think I have a slight advantage. THe room the layout is in has sloped walls/ceiling. By the time the "wall" is at shoulder height, it's in line with the front of the benchwork.
    My plan is to "museum" the layout. Build a floor to ceiling "front" with the plexi mounted in hinged doors. That will serve many purposes.
    1.) Keeps the kitties off the layout!!!!!
    2.) Keeps the kids off the layout
    3.) Keeps the dust off the layout (mostly).
    4.) Keeps the squirrels off the layout (don't ask).

    Plus, it might help the resale of the house if things are "finished off" in this fashion. I don't plan on taking the RR with me, just the buildings and rolling stuff, and maybe some/all of the track. I'll leave the rest for the next owner.


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