First 4' x 6' baseboard

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First 4' x 6' baseboard

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Post by Montfort » Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:06 am

Hello Happy Railway Modeller !
I have in my mind a plan for a very large (for me !) layout (dimensions: 4' x 6'). It's not for Hornby trackmat. I drew my own trackplan. But I never built a baseboard like that. I don't need legs because I have a lot of wooden trestles. I want to use 15mm chipboard because it's much cheaper than plywood. All your advices will be extremely appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: First 4' x 6' baseboard

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Post by Brian » Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:19 am

15mm Chipboard is heavy. Make sure you're able to handle it as 6' x 4' is quite large if in one piece! :o
It really needs underside bracing to help prevent sagging of the board. Using 2" x 1" (44mm x 21mm) planed timber as a minimum all round the edges as a support and at least four x 4 foot long cross braces too, spaced equally along the 6 foot run. Fix narrow edge to baseboard underside.
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Post by Walkingthedog » Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:22 am

You would be much better using 9 or 12mm ply. It is much much lighter and much nicer to work with.
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Post by RogerB » Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:10 pm

I've used both chipboard and ply. I would strongly recommend ply. R-
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Post by Montfort » Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:53 pm

Thanks for your help gentlemen. I found a lot of advices here. Very interesting and very helpful. Thanks Brian.

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Post by Montfort » Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:05 pm

This is my very first idea for my baseboard (1.15 m x 1.80 m). I'm planning to use four sheets of 12mm chipboard. There is a hole in the middle. I'll screw all these sheets on 27x27mm or 27x34mm timbers.

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Post by RogerB » Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:37 pm

Good first attempt - but you don't have enough crossovers to get from one loop to another and back again. R-
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Post by bulleidboy » Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:09 pm

It would be useful to know whether this is going to be a permanent set-up once completed. Your track plan shows four boards, are these being built individually and bolted together, or will it be one board with a hole in the middle? BB
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Post by Montfort » Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:56 pm

RogerB wrote:
Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:37 pm
Good first attempt - but you don't have enough crossovers to get from one loop to another and back again. R-
Thank you. I know that ... but I also know that I need more money to buy them. :roll:

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Post by Montfort » Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:58 pm

bulleidboy wrote:
Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:09 pm
It would be useful to know whether this is going to be a permanent set-up once completed. Your track plan shows four boards, are these being built individually and bolted together, or will it be one board with a hole in the middle? BB
It's something between a permanent and a portable layout, if you see what I mean...And yes it will be one board with a hole in the middle.

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