Now that the first two baseboard modules are assembled it’s time to sort out the legs. We’ve been looking at various options including bolting them on with coach-bolts & wing nuts to make them easy to remove so that if and when the layout is taken to any shows or used for demonstration, the whole thing will fit in the car!
After much deliberation, and not wanting to add any unnecessary costs to the project, we’ve opted for a simple “Slot In” leg arrangement which is an adaptation of that used by Chris Hatton in his excellent book, From Train Set to Model Railway.
The construction is very quick and easy indeed. All you need is a few off-cuts of the same wood used for the legs and baseboard underframe, a little wood glue and 8 x 1.5″ screws.
All we did was cut 4 short sections of leg timber (approx 2.5″). Then cut 4 lengths of underframe timer the width of a leg plus 2.5″. These were then used to create “pockets” on the each corner on the underside of the baseboard panels.
At present, the 4 legged baseboard seems sturdy enough, although we are planning to add removable crossbraces to the legs very shortly to prevent any of the legs becoming wobbly. Of course, there’s also the issue if the joint expanding and contracting over time. So we’ll look at making it slightly looser and possibly putting a bolt through the entire thing if we can lay our hands on something suitable as we go along.
Dismantling the baseboards is nice and easy with this method. When we need to relocate the layout, all we have to do, is pull each baseboard leg out of its socket and we’re ready to go. Reassembly is then just a quick! Just slot the legs back in and we’re all ready to bolt on the next section.