Model Train Benchwork

Model Railworks Benchwork Guide

All the model train enthusiasts will eventually want to build benchwork for their model railroad. If you are also in the same boat and were wondering how to build the benchwork, we have you covered. The base used to hold the tracks of model trains in place is known as benchwork. You can keep it as simple as you want or can make it detailed and elaborate based on your unique taste.

Determine Your Budget and Skill Level

The first and foremost thing that you need to do is to determine your expertise and the amount of money you are willing to spend on your benchwork. If you know some carpentry, it will definitely help you in your project but if you are a novice, you should stick to building a simple project. You can also attach the benchwork to the walls as well. This will significantly reduce your labor and material costs.

Designing the Benchwork

There are three main types of model railroad benchwork:

  • Cantilever
  • Girder
  • Shelf

The first step involved in building a benchwork is to decide what it is that you want and then draw it out accordingly. You might have an idea in mind but if you don’t you should be able to find plenty of designs online. Once you have finalized the design for your benchwork, the next step is to gather the tools and materials required for the job.

Gathering Tools and Materials

Once you have your design in mind, the next step involves gathering all the necessary materials and tools to ensure that you have a smooth build. It is always advisable to make a list of all the items that you would be needing. The tools and materials required for building a benchwork are rather simple and easy to procure and if you dabble in carpentry, you might already have all the main tools required. A quick trip to your nearest hardware store will help you pick up the remaining materials. Once you have gathered all the necessary tools, it’s time for your to start building your dream project

Start Building

Now that you have finalized your design and gathered all the necessary tools and materials, it’s time for you to let the creative juices flow. Make sure that you follow the safety precautions when operating drills and other tools. A hobby is only good when it is not followed by injuries. Happy Building!


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