Frequently Asked Questions from Our Clients

Module FAQ

What tools do I need?


A power drill is highly recommended but not required. All you will need is a #2 robertson “square head” screwdriver or bit and a 7/16 inch wrench. Please note the bit/screwdriver you need is included in modelrailroadbenchwork.com starter kits.




How should I attach my table surface to my modules?


I highly recommend Pre-drilling and using coarse thread drywall screws to secure your benchwork surfaces




How do I assemble a module?


To assemble a module first find the 2 boards without pocket screw holes. These boards will be marked with lines with an “x” next to it approximately every 12-16 inches. Align the boards next to each other so that the x’s are on the same side of each line. Next take a board with pocket screw holes in it and place it vertically on top of an x aligning the side edge of the board to the line next to the x. Next place screws in the 2 outer holes leaving the 2 center holes empty. WARNING: You CAN strip the screw holes out please take care to not over drive the screws. Practice blocks are available in both starter kits. The two center holes are extras meant to be used if you happen to strip out a screw or assemble the module in a non traditional manner to accommodate a river or turntable for example. Once you have secured every board to one side flip the assembly over being cautious not to change the orientation and place the assembly atop of the other board with the x’s on it and secure each board in the same way. Congratulations you have finished your first module. Visual instructions are included with every Starter kit.




How long does it take to assemble a module layout?


Once you have gotten the hang of module assembly you can assemble a standard 24×48 inch module in less than 5 minutes. A 10 module layout fully assembled with legs and leveled can be completed in about two hours.




How do I attach modules together and add legs?


Attaching modules together is easy. Simply slip bolts through the pre-drilled holes and tighten. Alternatively, you can screw the modules together with your preferred fastener. Legs come with one inch screws for installation.




Will modelrailroadbenchwork.com benchwork support my sub roadbed method?


Attaching modules together is easy. Simply slip bolts through the pre-drilled holes and tighten. Alternatively, you can screw the modules together with your preferred fastener. Legs come with one inch screws for installation.




What are your packing and shipping rates?


Unless you are picking up your order, all products will be shipped in sturdy cardboard boxes. Each box can hold approximately 50 LBS and will be shipped via FedEx unless you request another service. To keep your cost to a minimum I do not charge packing or handling fees. Shipping is typically 15-18% of your order total. In the rare event a box is damaged in the mail, I will replace the missing items once I receive a photo of the damaged box for insurance purposes.




Do you price match?


I have done everything I can to keep my prices as low as possible but in the rare event my prices are higher I will match or beat competitor pricing.





Custom Benchwork FAQ

Other Benchwork FAQ

Where are you located?


Lakeland, FL approximately 30 minutes South West on I-4 from Walt Disney World and 40 Minutes North East from Tampa.




Is email the best way to contact you?


Email is my preferred contact method, but if you need to contact me quickly telephone is best. (224) 201-9868




Do you make house calls?


Yes, I offer In home consultation services as well as performing service calls. Please call or email for details




What scales do you work with?


All scales are welcome and your benchwork will be designed to support your scale. I have worked with everything from Z to LGB including LEGO “L” gauge.




Can my train club get a discount?


Train clubs making bulk purchases for club or personal use may be entitled to a discount on non-customized products. A minimum combined order of more than $2,000 is required. Please contact me for details.




How is modelrailroadbenchwork.com different from other benchwork / layout builders?


The main difference between modelrailroadbenchwork.com and other layout builders is I concentrate on benchwork, not complete layouts. This ensures you get the highest quality benchwork possible built your way at a price that’s hard to beat.




Why is your track planning pricing different for different scales?


Pricing varies by scale simply because more track can fit in each square foot of space with the smaller scales. Example: O scale would only fit 2 feet of track on a 1foot x 1foot square whereas N scale would fit 9 to 12 feet of track in the same space.





Where are you located?


Lakeland, FL approximately 30 minutes South West on I-4 from Walt Disney World and 40 Minutes North East from Tampa.




Is email the best way to contact you?


Email is my preferred contact method, but if you need to contact me quickly telephone is best. (224) 201-9868




Do you make house calls?


Yes, I offer In home consultation services as well as performing service calls. Please call or email for details




What scales do you work with?


All scales are welcome and your benchwork will be designed to support your scale. I have worked with everything from Z to LGB including LEGO “L” gauge.




Can my train club get a discount?


Train clubs making bulk purchases for club or personal use may be entitled to a discount on non-customized products. A minimum combined order of more than $2,000 is required. Please contact me for details.




How is modelrailroadbenchwork.com different from other benchwork / layout builders?


The main difference between modelrailroadbenchwork.com and other layout builders is I concentrate on benchwork, not complete layouts. This ensures you get the highest quality benchwork possible built your way at a price that’s hard to beat.




Why is your track planning pricing different for different scales?


Pricing varies by scale simply because more track can fit in each square foot of space with the smaller scales. Example: O scale would only fit 2 feet of track on a 1foot x 1foot square whereas N scale would fit 9 to 12 feet of track in the same space.





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