When I started this week, I started with a silent proclamation that I would get something meaningful built in a week. It was something I joked about at Sunday’s op’s session at Derwin’s as I was heading out the door and as I walked to my car I thought about what that would involve. It’s Thursday and I think I’m well on my way to realising the goal of actually running a train across this thing before heading out the door to op’s. One week? So far, so good.
Yesterday I assembled the legs. The uprights are 1×2 with 3/4x2x8″ blocks glued and screwed to provide a tiny bit of lateral structure and also a place to add shelving. These legs will simply slot into the table. I don’t, currently, plan to bolt or screw the legs into the tabletop and feel that gravity should do a fine job of keeping things in place. Both modules will be bolted together to maintain alignment. The shelves will be screwed in at each end and I’ll be adding a narrow sheet across the back for more lateral strength.
Today I had to trim a little from the top of two of the legs since I assembled them a little too wide. I’ve also cut two of the shelves. I would like to have the two modules assembled by the end of the day, today. I ran out of plywood and need just enough to make up two more shelves (four in total under the layout – picture a bookcase with trains on top). I’ll try and map out that sheet so I have enough to rip some 2″ wide strips to use as stretchers under the shelves since the four foot span is really too long for an shelf with no other support along its length.