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Advice and articles for building sturdy model railroad benchwork.
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Building Your First Train Table
Assembly instructions, materials and tools lists for building a simple 4 foot by 8 foot model train table with shelf.

Open Grid Benchwork
Definition of open grid benchwork for model trains.

Open Grid Benchwork
Definition of open grid benchwork for model trains.

Building L-Girder Benchwork
L-girder benchwork is adaptable to any design and is easy to build and customize.

Add a Grade to Your Model Railroad
Most real railroads aren't flat, our models don't have to be either. Adding a grade to a model railroad takes a little planning but offers big rewards in operation and appearance when done correctly.

Model Trains Toolbox - Benchwork

Most tools in the modeler's toolbox are designed for smaller projects. When it comes to benchwork, its time to up the scale. You can build a sturdy layout with nothing more than a hammer and handsaw. For those who like a little more power, there are lots of handy tools that will help build a railroad without breaking the bank.

Ripping Plywood Without a Table Saw
Use a circular saw to help make benchwork for a model train platform.

Build a Trundlebed Train Platform
This platform can be rolled under a bed when not in use.

Trundle Bed Train Platform Plans
Build a trundle bed train platform with open-grid style benchwork.

Trundle Bed Benchwork Plan
Trundle Bed Benchwork Plan

Model Railroad Layout Rigid Foam Insulation
A tip about sculpting landscape on a model railroad layout using rigid foam insulation. Links to a series of YouTube videos demonstrating the sculpting of this kind of foam insulation.

Narrowing Woodland Scenics Incline Foam
How to narrow Woodland Scenics incline foam for N and TT scale grading

Low-Profile Waybill Boxes for Model Railroads
Building instructions for low-profile waybill boxes for model railroad layouts.

Hiding Support Columns and Other Distractions
Hiding support columns and other structural elements on model railroads.

Protecting Hidden Track on Model Railroads
Protect your hidden tracks from expensive falls with these simple techniques.

Platform Support Plan for the Rio Grande Project Layout
Introduction and diagram for building the platform support / storage box for the Rio Grande narrow gauge project layout.

Platform Center Support for the Rio Grande Project Layout Support
Platform Center Support for the Rio Grande Project Layout Support

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