Type of baseboard?

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Type of baseboard?

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Post by ConnorL » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:49 pm

Hi all,

Building the baseboard for my model railway, I’ve constructed most of it but now just need to decide what top to place on top.

Heard ply is the most popular in 9mm, would OSB be suitable for a top or has anybody experienced any problems with this? Should I just stick to 9mm standard ply? Just trying to cut costs down wherever I can.

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Post by brian1951 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:54 pm

Ply without doubt.

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Post by Mr Bones » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:22 pm

+1 for the ply
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Post by Walkingthedog » Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:40 am

+ another.
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Post by IanS » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:45 am

+1 ply

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Post by ConnorL » Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:23 am

Thanks all for your help

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Post by Bandit Mick » Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:41 pm

I love ply me!

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Post by Stese » Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:28 pm

Ply is obviously the de-facto standard... but to repeat the question, has anyone used OSB board? did you get any issues with it?
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Post by RAF96 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:00 pm

For starters OSB is a very rough surface and would in my opinion give you grief trying to get your track down flat. It is basically wood shavings clagged together, unlike ply which at best has controlled dimensioned layers giving a true thickness and superior surface finish.

Check on the type of ply as some even at 9 mm only have three layers, outer surface veneers over a single core, which can have voids. Birch ply is good quality but can be hard to work and the formaldehyde bonding agent stinks when worked with power tools so wear a mask.

I have used 18 mm birch ply for the framework and have 9 mm ply standing by to place on top.

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Post by yelrow » Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:45 pm

Foolhardy to cut cost on baseboard, in my view. Ply. Perfect for the job. These other boards are cobbled together, rarely true, and prone to warp. Normally, you only build the baseboard once, 9 mm supported ply, is fine, although some use 12 or even 18.

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