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Hi Peter, I am too much of a DYIer, but  I think you made the right call to get help with the plywood.   You are now officially a "house manager" with the motto of "I love work, I could watch it for hours"...

Plywood is one of mankind's greatest inventions,  and when matched with toy train track, it is truly a match made in heaven.   

 

@Bill Webb posted:

Peter you are making great progress. We are impressed with the quality of the benchwork and your organization. The train room is beautiful.

I probably missed it but do you plan to use something like homasote to deaden the sound?

Rossbed.......no screws (maybe one or two in certain areas) through to the plywood.......the glued scenery elements will hold it in place.

Peter

2nd.......a Ross track layout entails accurate track cutting......I was praticing on some Gargraves that I have......I had this cheap Harbor Freight chop saw ($30, ten years ago)......it was hard to sight where to cut......so much so that my nose was getting awful close to the cutting wheel to be able to see.

I was walking through Home Depot and saw this on sale for $68. I figure that it is less than an ER copay and has great visibility to sight the cutting line.....

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Lastly, I have gotten a notice that the 27", five track Transfer Table from Ross, arrives this week. There is lots of excitement here!

That's why I started my next building project: the Yard Office that houses the key pad......by TW TrainWorx.....

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Peter

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Try to find a vacuum connection point with on your power tools or have some one follow the blade, sander or router as it cuts through the plywood.  The saw dust can take over real fast before you know it.

Maybe drape some painters plastic over your many racks of trains.

Some tools have optional clip on vacuum attachment ports.

East wall knee studs 001Vacuum attached belt sander

I run a Delta dust collector mounted on a furniture dolly near my cutting area.

* "Vacume" is a colloquial rendition. 

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Peter I have a question - May have been answered a while ago in the initial construction phase but - what exactly are you using for general room lighting ? How many lights etc. and what is the overall size of your train room ?

We recently made settlement and are in the process of moving into our new home in Charleston SC - I have a 20 x 21 foot room  that’s going to be the train room

I am planning on building a layout and displaying trains on the walls similar to what you’re doing  / I was thinking of installing 12 flush mount 6” LED ceiling lights (3000k) - 3 rows of 4 lights - this seems to be the go to amount from most lighting manufacturers - not sure if that’s enough or overkill ???

Just wanted to get your thoughts

Thank you

Joe S

@dorfj2 posted:

Peter I have a question - May have been answered a while ago in the initial construction phase but - what exactly are you using for general room lighting ? How many lights etc. and what is the overall size of your train room ?

We recently made settlement and are in the process of moving into our new home in Charleston SC - I have a 20 x 21 foot room  that’s going to be the train room

I am planning on building a layout and displaying trains on the walls similar to what you’re doing  / I was thinking of installing 12 flush mount 6” LED ceiling lights (3000k) - 3 rows of 4 lights - this seems to be the go to amount from most lighting manufacturers - not sure if that’s enough or overkill ???

Just wanted to get your thoughts

Thank you

Joe S

Hard to describe…….I’ll take a picture over the next day or so and post it. I have dimmers.

Peter

Joe S,

Here is what I have in the train/guest room. My son-in-law is an electrician and this is what he installed. Recessed Halo dimmable LEDS wired to be controlled separately or together, meaning one side or both. Material obtained at Home Depot in a six-pack. They are spaced six feet apart from each other. The center "pillow" LED was the only light there originally. The room size is 18 x22' on a second floor.

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Here is the control. HD didn't have a dimmable LED control, but I found it on Amazon. $67.

The slider is for the pillow light. Sorry for the crappy pic.

Lt. Control

There will be a backdrop around the two walls adjacent to the layout, so no trains on display on the walls.

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