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Old 02-10-2017, 08:45 AM   #1
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Hello,

My baseboard for my first layout will be on a floating shelf. The shelf will be approximately 300mm x 2400mm. I donít have the headroom for barackets below the shelf. I am considering splitting the shelf into 2 with a viaduct connecting the track in the middle to effectively reduce it to 2 smaller shelves. Initially I was thinking about a simple timber frame with plywood top and bottom.

Does anybody have an example of anything similar? I will add a sketch later to explain it a little better. I did see a floating shelf idea on YouTube but this was much bigger so a little over the top for what I need. Ideally I will be working in the the baseboard on the bench before lifting into position so it need some kind of top piece rather than built in (hope that makes sense).

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Old 02-10-2017, 09:00 AM   #2
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just an idea , would chain on small hooks , to eyelets on the base board , hanging from the ceiling work , ?? regards Dave - has been done with g scale (LGB)
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Hi Whizzo,

There is room for that if required. I was hoping to keep it light enough not to need it. Itís tough deciding on the balance between weight and strength.
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A 'floating' shelf will always have a degree of sag from back to front no matter how light it is - and remember a model railway will inevitably be relatively heavy.
I have a 'shelf ' layout about 14" wide and constructed of ply - similar to you plans and as you can see from the photo I use the adjustable type brackets that need only a couple of inches below the boards.
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Hi Steve,

Thank you for that. Do you have any pictures of a wider view? There is a lot of height above those brackets, is it all structural? My layout will be a simple oval in n gauge, Iím wondering if I could somehow box around the brackets and sit the baseboard directly in them to keep the finished height down.
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You can buy quite sophisticated floating shelves from IKEA or similar. These are fixed to the wall in quite a novel way and are quite strong. However, for a baseboard it would be too expensive, so have a look at how they are fixed to the wall. It would not be difficult to copy at a far less cost
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Maz, I had a couple of those in a bedroom - trust me, they are not up to the job.

PJ, I'll try and sort something out, meanwhile there may be some info that could be helpful on my thread 'Low Ghyll' in the Members Layouts section.
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now that is a clever idea Steve , the upright of the bracket behind the layout / back scene -- Dave
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if you can or know someone who can weld make your own brackets,
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I was thinking about what I could use to make a good strong frame and then remembered we use a lot of Bosch profile on site http://www.aluminium-profile.co.uk/a..._elements.html

Iíll be on site on Wednesday/Thursday so Iíll be measuring up and see what off cuts/left overs I can find. Will be easy to box in nicely too. Itís certainly worth a look before I order any brackets.
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