I have finished my 7x10 table (wish I had space for more), and I have a question about the perimeter.  The table itself is pretty standard 2x4 with plywood on top.  

Right now the edge is flat, i.e. if something falls off the edge it hits the ground.  Is there a "standard" for the edge, like using half inch plywood or something else all around the perimeter and rising some number of inches above the table?  If so, how high above the table surface should it go?

Thanks!

Andy

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Andy

Many hobbyists install a perimeter fascia strip to the layout edge, often with control buttons for action accessories mounted on it and aligned with the accessories - handy for kids to use.  My fascia boards are 1x3, painted Lionel orange and set 3/4-inch above the platform surface. Admittedly not very high, but I've never had a train fall to the floor. Photos attached.

Some operators install a protective barrier of clear plexiglas around the perimeter. Set about one foot high, It will keep a derailed train from falling to the floor, but its main function seems to be keeping curious fingers away from the passing trains. Effective, but IMHO somewhat off-putting.  Keep WINDEX handy to wipe away fingerprints of the plexi.

I'm sure you'll get other helpful suggestions from Forum members.

Mike Mottler      LCCA 12394

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I like the use of Plexiglass, mentioned by Andy.  It keeps things visible and still protects trains from falling to their possible death.  

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Andy W posted:

Thanks for the quick reply, GPTOM.  I like the idea of 1x6.  If I align it with the bottom of my 2x4 frame, it will extend 2" above the surface.  Does that seem about right?

That should do the job, Andy.  I have 1x4 frame with 1x6 sides.  The surface materials take up some space so the sides actually only project up about 1.5".  Still that's plenty to catch anything that derails and flops over.

 

MikeH

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Andy

Many hobbyists install a perimeter fascia strip to the layout edge, often with control buttons for action accessories mounted on it and aligned with the accessories - handy for kids to use.  My fascia boards are 1x3, painted Lionel orange and set 3/4-inch above the platform surface. Admittedly not very high, but I've never had a train fall to the floor. Photos attached.

Some operators install a protective barrier of clear plexiglas around the perimeter. Set about one foot high, It will keep a derailed train from falling to the floor, but its main function seems to be keeping curious fingers away from the passing trains. Effective, but IMHO somewhat off-putting.  Keep WINDEX handy to wipe away fingerprints of the plexi.

I'm sure you'll get other helpful suggestions from Forum members.

Mike Mottler      LCCA 12394

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Don't forget, you can mount Plexiglas about 1-1/2" ~ 2" high also, just like wood.  Doesn't necessarily have to be a foot high, unless you truly want it to be.

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