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I under-estimated the space I wanted and would like to expand the fascia edge of my shelf-layout about 3-4". I am thinking of using 1" thick construction foam board - ripping it in 4" x 8' lengths and then laying a piece on top of that such that it'll be flush with existing fascia and layout surface. I'd spackle and fill in the seam and paint. There is a gentle radius involved, thus I need to be able to bend whatever material I use. This extension is only for foreground scenery and will not support tracks or anything that heavy. I am thinking liquid nails will hold the pieces to existing fascia and each other. I cannot think of any other way to expand?



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Last edited by Paul Kallus
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Paul.  I like your approach to your shelf benchwork.  My layout was designed by cloud watching.  Wet thumb planning made for a need to bump out all around the  layout in many places.  It is primarily a collision of left over stuff from my benchwork contracting.   You will be able to install bump outs and make them seem to be a seam less part of the layout.

I could provide a couple dozen of top and bottom views to give you an idea of at least my way of doing things.  Not too sure about loading this thread up .  Sometime folks complain.

Contact me via my profile and I can share lots of photos.  I could also talk you through some of the approaches.

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There was this initial three track bumpout which needed a bumpout on a bump out for a TT.


And this free standing coal dock mock up of a finger to be added to an existing pike.

2' X 8' finger 006

Small inside corner bump out and station bump out:


Taped scrap on feather ends to protect while in transit.


I see you are in PA.  Any where near Delaware County?





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Last edited by Tom Tee

Thanks, all.

Don, Masonite is a good idea.

John, I already laid track on the shelf parts pictured, and installed copious scenery.

Dave, the shelf system is attached to the wall studs, with cantilevered 2x4s every 8 feet. It's part of the wall and very strong

Tom, an elderly friend, who is a carpenter, helped me build this. You're photos reveal masterful wood-working. I am afraid I don't possess near that amount of talent. I am in Honey Brook, Chester County, Amish country. My e-mail is:

Funny thing about planning layouts... we always end up wanting to make them bigger. In my case, I only need 3-4" to give a nicer foreground.

Paul,  Thank you for the kind words. 

I would suggest to  remove or code out your email asap.  Automatic scanners seek out email addresses on forums to feed spammers.  That is why we post contact info in our profile. 

Once you see how I do these things you will see the simplicity involved.  It's like Etch-A-Sketch in your mind.

Last edited by Tom Tee

Update: I ended up going with Tom and others suggestions on using 2x4 extensions - much easier than I first thought. For the deck I bought pine shelfs that I'll cut to size. The new fascia will be underlaminate. I have about 1/3 of the 2x4s installed. I'll post updated photos when I get it looking halfway decent.

Thanks again!

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