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Old 29-10-2017, 11:16 AM   #1
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I have been hovering around the forum for some time taking in the great advice given out.

I am looking to build a hinged baseboard about 7'9" x 2'.
I am thinking that the back hinged edge will be fixed to a 6" shelf which will allow scenery etc. fixed to the board to remain in place and act as storage for rolling stock etc. although I may not have a shelf but not fully raise the board to vertical.
The wall mounts will be timber fixed to the wall.
The left hand edge will only be supported for some 18" as it is next to a window and will need some support to the front left edge possibly chain from the rear wall.
The right hand edge will be fully supported.

The reason for hinging the board is to allow access to the N Gauge layout (a work in progress) below.

Would using a ply honeycomb of say 3" depth be lighter and as strong as the traditional 2x1 to mitigate flexing?
Has anyone used ply this way with sucess?

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Old 29-10-2017, 11:40 AM   #2
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Hi Peter, welcome to the forum. Good to hear that we have been of some help in the past. I don't have any experience of the board type you are asking about but I'm sure someone on here will. Look forward to reading more about your layout. R-
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9mm Plywood is OK for baseboard framing, 100mm deep is fine. But I would add 40mm x 40mm square x 100mm long wooden blocks in all right angle corners for screw fixing through the ply into the blocks. Plus add 15mm x 15mm square timebr along the four outer frames internals to allow firmer fixing of the top surface to the framing. Screw and PVA glue these all in place. Pre-drill a series of 16mm to 20mm dia holes along the internal ply braces, drilling them a little closer to the top than the middle. These hole then allow wiring to pass around the undersides and reduce the weight a little too.

One major downside of a fold up layout is that all stock and anything loose or tall has to be removed and carefully stored away before the board can be lifted and again replaced on the layout when its lowered, which can take time and some enjoyment off the project and running time.
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Old 29-10-2017, 12:52 PM   #4
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Thanks for the welcome Roger.
Many thanks for the advice FB. 100mm x 9mm with corner supports sound good.
As far as rolling stock goes the layout I have in mind will have a cassette system to allow a change.
I will post the initial plans in the layout thread later today.
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Old 29-10-2017, 01:42 PM   #5
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It is an interesting idea. If the layout is to be built as a permanent layout it is a good plan. If the layout has portability in mind then I think shorter sections of board are easier to handle and much lighter to carry.
As a fixed shelf, it is a good idea. Yes, the hinges need raising so the track is clear when it is folded, and any scenery and building needs to also be clear or remove able to allow it to fold.
A good plan though in theory.

[Sorry. Read it a bit quick. Permanent shelf type... Yes. Good plan].

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Old 29-10-2017, 01:57 PM   #6
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have a look at post #36 in this link, http://www.modelrailwayforum.co.uk/s...?t=6331&page=4

it was something i was toying with, but i have a permanent layout now but with the same construction using 12mm ply, and is only assembled with glue and brad nails, very light but strong,
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Thanks for the input MG.

Mike had a look at the thread (I had seen it some time ago but did not link it in my mind to what I am trying to do) and it gives me confidence in moving forward with the idea. Thanks for the pointer.

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I hope all goes well in the development of the idea.
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I hope all goes well in the development of the idea.
Thanks MG, so do I, off to get a sheet of Birch ply later this morning
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Old 31-10-2017, 04:33 PM   #10
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Ok board purchased this afternoon. My local merchant had just sold the 9mm birch ply so I had to take 12mm. They cut the sheet in half for me so I had 2 8 x 2 boards.
One will be the main board the other cut into strips to form the subframe.

Boss lady has not yet seen the cost of the board

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