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Baseboard height for layout
« on: October 04, 2018, 08:15:57 AM »



Hi all,

I'm completing construction of the baseboard for my living room 'table top format' baseboard. It measures in total 86 x 138cm. I'm putting it on castors to move about easily. It's a 'small' single module layout.

I'm thinking of making the legs 70cm tall, as is standard for most desks etc. My height is 180cm.

Any opinions on ideal baseboard height out there?

Thanks
Matt

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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2018, 08:23:27 AM »
Mine are 48" whatever that is in metric. Out on phone at moment, but will measure up at home.

I have found it a comfortable height to work with. Not too high and not too low. Easy to get eye level shots and if I need to sit down, I use a bar stool.  :beers:
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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2018, 08:26:59 AM »
In short, I think the best answer is - whatever feels comfortable to you.  Personally I like a high base for when standing at the layout as I have a bad back. Others prefer to sit and will fix layout height to suit that. Also of importance will be the height of scenics etc. As your layout will be on castors, that may make the latter considerations slightly academic, but remember that you have to be able to reach that troublesome loco that has decided to derail at the most inopportune time and distant place.

Table top layout, so table top height - that is a standard dining table - would be my starting point to experiment with what feels right for you.
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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2018, 08:27:16 AM »
Mine are 48" whatever that is in metric. Out on phone at moment, but will measure up at home.

I have found it a comfortable height to work with. Not too high and not too low. Easy to get eye level shots and if I need to sit down, I use a bar stool.  :beers:

That would be 1.2 metres, quite a lot higher than I had considered. Interesting!

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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2018, 08:32:32 AM »
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2018, 08:33:49 AM »
In short, I think the best answer is - whatever feels comfortable to you.  Personally I like a high base for when standing at the layout as I have a bad back. Others prefer to sit and will fix layout height to suit that. Also of importance will be the height of scenics etc. As your layout will be on castors, that may make the latter considerations slightly academic, but remember that you have to be able to reach that troublesome loco that has decided to derail at the most inopportune time and distant place.

Table top layout, so table top height - that is a standard dining table - would be my starting point to experiment with what feels right for you.

True Daffy! My kitchen worktop is at 90cm, which might seem a good option to go for. A bit higher than originally planned!

Matt

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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2018, 10:23:53 AM »
Being fairly decrepit my layout is set at 44" so that, if absolutely necessary, I am still able to grovel underneath to the back. I, too, use a gas operated bar stool but I refuse to divulge the source of the gas :-[

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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2018, 10:28:21 AM »
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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2018, 11:05:27 AM »
There is no "correct" height. What works best for you will depend on several factors.

1. Is the layout designed to be be viewed from above (helicopter view) or looking across? Viewed from above will favour something about half your height (90cm-ish in your case). Viewing across will favour something closer to eye-level.

2. Do you plan to sit or stand when operating?

3. How much/often will you need to access beneath the layout?

70cm sounds low to me unless you plan to operate and view the layout mainly from a sitting position. Your layout of course.
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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2018, 11:39:03 AM »
It's a coffee table?  :hmmm:
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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2018, 11:59:14 AM »
It's a coffee table?  :hmmm:

I'm trying to make the woodwork as pro as possible, to fit in with all my living room furniture (all hand made) - actually the idea started as a coffee table, but the dimensions got larger!

I love the way model railways draw together so many skills - art, carpentry, design, electronics, planning, budgeting etc. My weak spot is the electronics - don't know the first thing! ::)

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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2018, 12:10:15 PM »
What a great reply!

That's the thing I've always liked about the hobby.

It brings together a multitude of skills.

Don't worry too much about the electronics, we have experts here.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2018, 12:19:15 PM »
My weak spot is the electronics - don't know the first thing! ::)

Likewise - electrickery is just a black art to me :dunce:


Don't worry too much about the electronics, we have experts here.  :thumbsup:

And that's just as well for me!

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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2018, 12:20:44 PM »
What a great reply!

That's the thing I've always liked about the hobby.

It brings together a multitude of skills.

Don't worry too much about the electronics, we have experts here.  :thumbsup:

Thanks Bealman -yes I may well need that electronics expertise from forum members at some point!  :bounce:

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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2018, 12:36:06 PM »
My first layout was a coffee table. I have just measured it and it is 1'6", (46cm), from floor to top, with the actual layout about 3" lower than the top of the table.
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