Monday, June 24, 2013

Random Thoughts and Ideas

Well, the move happened and things are rolling along. I have a small space to work with and I'm excited about starting in on the layout, but the reality is that it's not going to happen any time soon. The house needs attention - boxes and IKEA building taking priority over the layout. However, I've been thinking about my options.

My current thinking is that I'll either work with two doors for a total of $40 or a super plywood base for about $45. I'm leaning towards the ply because I could cut the large sheet into three pieces and have some interesting layout options.

When going over this plan with my wife, she said, "What are you going to use for legs?"  to which I said, "Yeeeeah....I have to work that out."  I'm not someone with a lot of electrical or building experience. I'm more of the artsy type, leaning towards the overall layout look rather than the support structure under it. So, sawing and drilling and the like isn't super high on my "can't wait" list. I'd rather get things set and have someone do the benchwork for me. I really don't have a problem with that at all! :)

I know. "But, if you do it yourself, you'll be able to learn how to do it."  Yeah. But, I really don't have a desire to learn about that side of things. I'm coming from a piece of plywood laying atop a dresser which I was perfectly fine with.

Then there's the layout space itself. The room is being pushed up in parts by a tree root and the cement is not level in the slightest. So, I need to address that aspect of things as well. All in all, I have a lot to do on paper before I can get started on building, but I'm fine with that as well. I don't want to rush things and I know that people spend months or YEARS building benchwork before getting started. rush. We'll see.

I'm just happy that I have options. Options are always good! :)

I did get myself my harbor buildings for Father's Day. We were moving during Father's Day and I was forgotten about a bit. My two older kids got me a nice present, but I spent the day building IKEA furniture alone in our new house. (violins play softly....)  heh   So, I got home and bought myself all the additional Soyokaze Harbor buildings and boats that I wanted. I thought it was warranted. :) I'm all set there once I get everything built for it to live on.

I'm also thinking about building up foam on top of the benchwork deck. I think this will work well for what I have planned. I just need to find the foam and research the best way to bond it to itself and the deck. 

Onward! I have a lot of research to cover! :)



  1. Malcolm,
    I empathize with your priorities! I actually hate wiring and benchwork as well, but 'necessary evil' and all that! Good luck with the new space! :-)

    1. Thank you, Jerry. It's a challenge, but a fun one that I look forward to.
      Heh...funny to hear YOU of all people say that you hate wiring. Your lighting work is fantastic. Good to hear, actually.
      I found a place that might be taking some of my toys off my hands which is fantastic in many ways.
      1. I'll have more space and less to store
      2. I might get some cash for track, structures and scenery! :)