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This blog covers all the stuff that either;

 

I'll be kicking things off by exploring how I designed and made my modelmaking desk.


As always, I actively encourage comments and suggestions!

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The New Layout Will Be...?

The New Layout Will Be...?

Following on from the last entry, I must first thank the contributors for giving me ideas and offering suggestions! This post won't really feature any solid plans, but will give an idea of avenues I could take, and inspiration I can use on my quest for a new layout (or two!)...   TL,DR: The next layout will likely be set around RAF Calshot/Fawley refinery/Lepe/Southampton Waterside (although I haven't totally ruled out the IoW yet!) I'd like either a combined OO and 009

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End of the line for two layouts...

End of the line for two layouts...

...but they will be replaced with something brand new! For those that haven't seen my external blog, or posts on NGRM-online, after having had a huge clear out, I decided that now was the time to start afresh. Don't worry though, Sandy Shores is safe! This relates to the two previous layouts: Calshot (MkII), and Old AGWI Rd. Calshot MkII was (rather obviously) the successor to the MkI version; my first "proper" model railway. Here it is in all its' glory back in 2010 (before I ruined i
Folding Workbench - Part 5: The Finale!

Folding Workbench - Part 5: The Finale!

At last, we're onto the final stage; the assembly. First though, and before you start gluing things together, it's wise to do a dry-run; so that you can make final adjustments, and make sure everything fits as it should:     Above:  The dry run above is actually the point that I realised the underside of the work surface would definitely need bracing; hence why you see the crossbar in it's original position halfway up the legs! Now that I've made any necesarry a
Folding Workbench - Part 4: The Shelving

Folding Workbench - Part 4: The Shelving

With the legs and worktop done last entry, that leaves us with one last section to build; the shelving. This will actually be built as a self-contained unit, which means theoretically you could make the desk able to be disassembled by securing this shelving section in with an M10 bolt or similar; rather than gluing it in place. So as long as you have the crossbar in place beforehand, you can actually just slide the shelving section into place; making assembly easy to do by yourself. When I desig
Folding Workbench - Part 3: Machining

Folding Workbench - Part 3: Machining

As mentioned in the very first part, using plywood for the desk means that we will be using alternative methods to form solid joints. As alluded to earlier, this means the use of rebates; a series of trenches, grooves, and tongues to join everything together. This will of course require another machine to make our lives easier; a router. As with the Skilsaw, it's another case of doing a little bit of prep work beforehand to make sure everything is set up correctly; but once it is, machining
Folding Workbench - Part 2: Cutting Out Components

Folding Workbench - Part 2: Cutting Out Components

With the design for the modelmaking desk sorted, it was time to start work on its construction. Being almost useless at cutting wood straight, this means some sort of power tool is the order of the day; especially with these 12mm and 18mm thick lengths of plywood to cut through. The answer is a Skilsaw; a battery-powered one to be specific. Essentially a hand-held circular saw, it makes light work of most woods, including engineered wood like MDF and plywood; which is notoriously tough. Fir
Folding Workbench - Part 1: The Design

Folding Workbench - Part 1: The Design

6th JAN 2020 - NOW UPDATED WITH CUTTING LIST AND DRAWINGS   If you’re anything like me, you’ll have spent a long time over the years causing mischief and annoyance by commandeering any available workspace, so that you can carry on modelmaking (or making a mess, according to those less-versed in the intricacies of… OK, yeah, it’s usually a mess!). Anyway, the point is, now that I've started doing the odd commissions for a magazine, it was about time I had a dedicated work surface which

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