Cookie-Cutter Benchwork

By Ty’s Model Railroad - 7/17/2010 12:05:00 AM

Empty benchwork with different elevated plywood tiers to support future train track and scenery

The main benchwork elevations are complete! To get the actual sections to match my original planned elevation sections (which I marked out earlier on the table), I first took large sheets of news print and laid them out to cover the entire sections. The paper was thin enough that I could see the lines I drew on the benchwork beneath it and thus traced the sections onto the paper. 

Empty benchwork with different elevated plywood tiers to support future train track and scenery

I then used the paper template to draw the elevated sections onto a new sheet of plywood. Using a jigsaw, I cut the sections out. These all fit perfectly on the table. I used scrap pieces of wood at varying heights to support the new elevation sections depending on how high I needed them to be. 

Empty benchwork with different elevated plywood tiers to support future train track and scenery

The majority of the layout is raised up from the original table with only the very front staging section at an elevation of 0. The back section is raised 3 1/2” to allow for a double-mountain tunnel, as well as a bridge and trestle. The left half of the layout is raised 1 1/2” and acts as an elevated half way point for the descending track from the trestle and the climbing track from the lake/swamp area. The top right area has a raised section leading to the start of the future trestle.

Empty benchwork with different elevated plywood tiers to support future train track and scenery

Empty benchwork with different elevated plywood tiers to support future train track and scenery

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