Really nice start. I really wish I could grab some trackage rights in out second bedroom. This is really nice, and the benchwork is superb. Any drawings or other photos of how it was constructed?
Thanks. The benchwork is pretty simple really, it's just a box. The layout is only 21" wide so actually all of it was cut from a single 4x8 sheet of 3/4" plywood. The legs and bracing are 1x2s.
Each section is 4' long; the surface and side panels are simply cut straight across the width of the plywood. Basically, 3 21"x4' pieces were cut for the tops and 9 3 1/2"x4' pieces for the sides and ends (ends cut to length to fit between the side pieces) and everything screwed together with drywall screws.
I stole the idea for the design of the leg pockets from lashedup's Franksville Module thread. I numbered all the pockets and legs to make sure they go together properly.
In the photo above, you can also see the holes drilled for bolting the units together, and for wiring connections. This was accomplished by clamping the pair of sections together in proper alignment, and drilling through both ends at once to accept a 3/8" bolt. Each joint has a pair of bolts to hold them together.
The wiring passes were done in the same way with an ~1" forstner bit. The exact size of these is not critical. Each section joint also has a pair of large holes for wiring connections, just in case. Easier to make more holes and not need them.
The legs are 4' long 1"x2"s. Plus the plywood and roadbed thickness, and the levelling feet, this puts the track level at 49.5-50". I'm 6'2", so once set up in my office/extra room, it's actually a comfortable height. The end legs on each section are joined into pairs with a solid cross brace. The hardware joining the cross brace to the legs is actually salvaged from an old small town church and once used to attach the solid oak pews to the floor. My dad and a couple others salvaged the solid oak pews for the wood when this church closed its doors.
To stabilize things lengthwise, a 4' horizontal brace is bolted to the rear leg near the bottom, and the two outside sections have an additional angled brace to help stop any swaying. These back braces are bolted to the leg assemblies so that the whole thing can be disassembled. Holes were drilled through the brace and the leg at the same time to accept a thin bolt.