How To Build a Model Train Table

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Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan fell in love with model trains at the age of six when he visited an NMRA Convention in Seattle with his father. Forty two years later, his passion remains just as strong. After achieving a successful career in architecture, Dan’s particular interest is within layouts and buildings. With a wealth of knowledge on the subject, Dan loves nothing more than sharing this with others and is delighted in the forum of members who are brought together over the hobby they have in common. Dan lives with his wife Helen in Washington. As a professional painter, Helen has learnt through Dan about Model Trains and they now enjoy working on projects together. The only member of the family who isn’t allowed to join in is their over-enthusiastic Labrador called William who has been strictly banned from the workshop! You can find Dan on Google here!

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  1. ken
    4 years ago

    visual and audio stop two-thirds through the presentation of both segments. Are you aware of this? Otherwise, it is a mighty fine presentation, one that I will use once I start building my RR empire. HA!

    ken


  2. Dan Morgan
    4 years ago

    Hi Ken

    If you start the video, then pause it for about 30 seconds and then press play, this helps. Sometimes the connection is slow so the video plays faster than it can download.

    Regards

    Dan


  3. Stan
    3 years ago

    Thanks. These videos are awesome. I am a novice builder and could not have done it w/o these videos. I dont’ think I would have even tried without them.

    Thanks again.

    Stan


  4. TrainFreak
    3 years ago

    Good job guys. My table looks nice and sturdy.


  5. Lynn Savoy
    3 years ago

    Most excellent information. I just finished (yesterday 12/01/21) building 3-1/2 of these tables using 1/2 in spruce plywood (birch available through special order only up here in Quebec) throughout for my O-scale layout which is to be 6′-6in wide by 14 ft long. Surprisingly sturdy yet fairly light. The ajustable feet are absolutely essential for leveling and alignment. Two variations I’ve done following recommendations from my hobby shop (JacHobby-Montreal): a. drilled 1/2 in holes every 6 in in the cross-braces and side braces for routing wiring. b. using 2 in blue styrofoam for the top. Apparently blue styrofoam is dense enough to allow (lightly) screwing the track down to the styrofoam. Also, O-scale being 1/48, 2 in thick represents 8 scale ft of depth for ditches, rivers, etc, etc.
    I’m ready to glue the styrofoam to the top, paint it, then (woopie !) start laying track (MTH RealTrax).


  6. Fred
    2 years ago

    Excellent videos so far. I am almost to the point of finishing the legs and attaching them. Now I am looking forward to the video(s) for attaching the styrofoam tops to the playwood. Where are is it (are they)?


  7. gavin
    2 years ago

    Thank you for the very informative video on how to build your first table to begin your journey in the Model Railroad Life.
    I went out yesterday, bought all the wood, got it home and cut all the pieces i needed to build the unit.
    However, i have come across a small problem and that is with the cross pieces from 1 leg to the other. The diagonal pieces that is.
    In the video you said to cut 4 pieces of 48 inch wood etc etc but i have noted that the straight distance between the legs in approx 58 inches.
    My question is this: have you made a mistake in quoting 48 inches or am i doing something wrong?
    Please clarify this point as soon as possible.
    Many thanks again.
    Gavin Wandry


  8. Dan Morgan
    2 years ago

    Hi Gavin,

    No, you are not doing anything wrong, there is a mistake in the video.

    The angle braces (diagonal pieces) need to be 66″ long not 48″. In addition, you need twice as many bolts, washers and nuts.

    Dan


  9. Jack Malacaria
    2 years ago

    Nice. I’m not at all handy with carpentry. I think I can do the table with the video near by. Thanks Jack


  10. Ron Jones
    2 years ago

    Makes it look easy, hope this is so. I will let you know after I am finished.

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