The hobby room has a chest of drawers standing on the floor, this has always been a part of the design of 'Shelf Island' as it holds the fiddle yard tight against the main baseboard, as well as holding my socks and so on.
The fiddle yard is to the left and 'Wellwood' is to the right:
I keep most of my stock in Train-Safe tubes hung on the walls. I began with one tube for my Rapido APT-E (4mm scale of course) and then added eight more. Eventually I ran out of wall. Anyway, I fitted a connector for the tubes onto the fiddle yard some years ago. This worked fine until I pulled the chest of drawers out from the wall to let me run a track behind it, whereupon the side of the cabinet blocked the connector. So the mock-up of Wellwood had a siding to let me connect the tubes there, but this was unwieldy and really they were pointing in the wrong direction for most operations.
The chest of drawers is the Ikea 'Malm' with a hinged lid. It is supplied with a mirror so it can double as a vanity unit. A few weeks ago I realised I could lop about 20 mm off the bottom of the Malm, open the top and lay the tubes across the corner of the opening:
The 600 mm tubes will rest on the edge of the Malm cabinet, the longer ones need support from a hand or a camera tripod:
The space below the lid now holds the tools for running the railway, and the bike and cars for the Magnorail:
I have fixed some card over the mirror, it was too much of a distraction.
When I shut the lid it hides the edge of the fiddle yard, and the new 'Wellwood' doesn't need a siding for the tubes. Quite why I never thought of this modification several years ago I don't know, but it is going to work.
The carcass of the Malm is still structurally sound at the bottom. I rotated the bottom trim (the kick panel) inwards through 90 degrees and re-fixed it so all of the original strength is still there.
I am tempted to build a control panel for the whole layout into this space too. It is in the right place in the system.
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