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Offline Jenko

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Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« on: April 06, 2014, 08:06:47 PM »
Hi,

After some months getting ideas and planning a layout I have actually started the construction.

I managed to get permission from SWMBO for a 4x2 foot coffee table which I have pushed to 1450x750mm now  ;). This will be built into a custom built oak framed coffee table, glazed on top and on all 4 sides. I have decided to go DCC with this and am currently researching this area.

Although this will be a slow project (time and funds limited) it's great to have made a start.

Original planning post here: http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=20265.0

Baseboard constructed with 9mm ply and 69x34mm timbers for the frame. Although they are not easily visible there are holes drilled through the 3 centre cross members to run the bus wiring through. As this will be within a coffee table I will be having all the controls underneath so there are no holes in the outside frame.

In case anyone wonders why the baseboard and the frame do not sit flush, this is to allow the unit to sit on a routed 'lip' within the oak table frame and hide the cheap softwood.

Anywho, here are the pics so far:







The next step is to get the 2nd level board fixed onto this main board. I hope to get this done in the next few days.

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2014, 01:27:00 AM »
Good start, and I'm really looking forward to seeing this come together so please keep the pictures coming :thumbsup:

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2014, 07:29:57 AM »
Yes, looking good, Jenko. Keep the progress pics coming!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2014, 09:45:27 AM »
A busy looking little layout. I like it  :thumbsup:
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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2014, 11:03:02 AM »
Yeah.... I've just been having another look at it.... I presume that the fan of sidings is on the upper level? I'm not trying to crowd things in, but I reckon that would make a really nice picturesque branchline station with a runaround loop.

Don't forget, I am getting on and model BR transition period.

Just a thought, though.

George  :thumbsup:
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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2014, 08:40:36 PM »
Thanks for all the kinds comments.

Yeah.... I've just been having another look at it.... I presume that the fan of sidings is on the upper level? I'm not trying to crowd things in, but I reckon that would make a really nice picturesque branchline station with a runaround loop.

Don't forget, I am getting on and model BR transition period.

Just a thought, though.

George  :thumbsup:


The top right sidings are on the top level. Not sure I could fit a runaround loop up there tbh.

A bit more progress over the last few days:

The mill area is not sitting correctly as there were pins in the way.



I have now drawn out, on ply, the ramp up to the mill area. Will get this cut out in the next couple of days and fix it to the supports.

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2014, 08:52:37 PM »
Looking at it now, I am concerned about about the gradient of the slope  :worried:

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2014, 12:10:14 AM »
Does look a bit steep..  does the flat bit at the top need to be that high? There seems to be quite a bit of clearance underneath. I assume it will be removable for access?
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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2014, 08:57:49 AM »
Does look a bit steep..  does the flat bit at the top need to be that high? There seems to be quite a bit of clearance underneath. I assume it will be removable for access?


Think I might cut down the height of the flat section to reduce the gradient. It won't be removable, but it will have holes cut in the back and sides in case of derailments

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2014, 09:03:21 AM »
That might be a fix!
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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2014, 09:53:01 AM »
Looking at it now, I am concerned about about the gradient of the slope  :worried:
Me too. My first layout was very similar to this in size and design, and the slope was a real problem for some locos. There's something about going up and around a corner that stumps some locomotives. My Dapol Hymek for example used to slip a lot there (though to be fair, it slipped a lot because of damage to the tower gear on one of the bogies). If you're using SeTrack, can you try this out before you commit?

Problem is if you lower the top of the second tier too much, getting at derailments is very hard. Sugar tongs are useful for this if your hands don't fit!

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2014, 03:40:43 PM »
Murphy's First Law of Model Railways states that most derailments happen in a tunnel (especially if access to the train is limited) or when your friends come to view your layout.  :D

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2014, 06:22:43 PM »
Right, after thinking about the gradient some more I decided to chop off 10mm over the entire top mill section. This was the most I felt I could get away with and still be able to get at derailments underneath. I have also now cut holes in the rear of this section to enable me to get my hand in and reach any loco's.

This also meant re-cutting all the incline supports, but they have come out better than before, so that's a bonus.

I have had to cut out a section of the main baseboard at the bottom of the incline so as to get it to sit flush. I have also cut and fixed into position the blocks to support my background, which is the next thing to complete.

It's starting to take a bit more shape now, and the plan I had in my head is starting to come together, which is really cool.








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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2014, 12:37:26 AM »
Good to see progress continues :thumbsup:

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2014, 02:52:33 AM »
Looking good. Do you intend laying a track on the incline and doing a test run? It would be easy enough to do, with a run in from the bottom flat and a run off bit on the top flat, connect a controller and run a few locos with trains up and down and see how they go, to check for haulage, slipping, etc.

Best to check now before going further!
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