Crate(ive) bench work

Bound for the Terminal

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shipping crate

Initially I was going to wrap the outside edge of the layout with black curtains, but after giving it some thought I decided to do something a bit more interesting. The folding legs form a complete square under the layout, so I decided to wrap them in a shipping crate. The crate is built with four removable panels that are held to the legs with Velcro. Once the benchwork is set up I can simply stick the panels to the legs.

I cut some stencils and labeled the create for the Central New Jersey Bronx Terminal. I also cut out a New Jersey Central logo from the era the Terminal was built. The street address, No. 2 Eastern Boulevard is also stenciled onto the crate.

When the top is complete it should look like the layout is sitting on top of a shipping crate. Its a bit hard to visualize, so I poorly painted in the edge of the layout using Photoshop to get an idea of what it should look like.


I’m happy with the results, now I will finish off the fascia of the layout with Masonite and paint it black. I like it much better then the spindly legs version…

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About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 03-29-2008 | 10:03 PM
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