A model railway layout will not be possible if you don’t have a model train table. This will serve as the base that will hold the weight of the entire layout. Because of this, you need to ensure that the table is strong and durable. The standard tables found in your house are usually not a good option. The drawbacks are too obvious and it can ruin a beautiful layout. If you’re really serious with model railway layouts, you need to get a quality table.
Ordinary tables are not that good. Using your dinner table is not a good idea because your family will soon complain about it. These standard tables have no holes to feed the wiring or power cables. It would a great idea to build your own model train table but the question is – how?
You need to be choosy when building the table for the layout. The ideal table should be sturdy and will include the basic structures like a top, bracing mechanisms, and 4 legs. The common height for the table is 28 inches but you can choose the desired height that will suit your project. The parts of the table can be purchased in local stores or from online stores that sell wood or steel products. Get a top that is strong and don’t forget to put some cross braces, just to be sure.
Decide on the shape of the table. You can make a square, round, or rectangular table but you can also create other shapes. Next, decide on the style of the table’s legs. You can not limited to square legs because you can also get the cabriole, farm, flared, taper, trestle, and turned. The underside of the table should also have a ‘finish’ to make the table more attractive. The raw materials for the table can be purchased from a local store and you will just need to cut and nail or screw them together. To ensure a stronger table, you can use wood glue as well. To create a leveled table, you can use clamps and squares.
If you think that this DIY is too much, then you can just buy a used table from a consignment or garage sale. For the holes, you can just drill them. You can make the table look new once more by sanding it and later on applying a new paint color. Even if the focus of the audience is on the model layout, it still pays to create a good base. Everything should look perfect and if you can make a good quality table, your layout will surely look its best.
The table’s raw materials are not that expensive and you can save a lot of money if you build your own layout base. However, you must be prepared to invest time and effort to create the perfect table. What are you waiting for? Follow these steps and in no time at all, you will have a good looking table to work on. Next step… the model railway layout!