Plywood vs Dimensional Lumber
ModelRailroadBenchwork.com uses cabinet grade plywood exclusively for several reasons
Plywood is more dimensionally stable than pine lumber
Plywood does not twist or sag over time
Plywood is more versatile allowing for notches and drop down areas without reinforcement or extra legs
Pocket Hole Screws and Wire Passages
Every module is predrilled with 4 pocket screw holes at each joint. Pocket hole screws provide:
A strong joint
Easier, faster and safer assembly
Easy and fast benchwork changes
Every module is drilled every 6 inches with a 1 inch hole that is then rounded over giving you plenty of room to run wires and communication cables.
Transportable and Reusable
ModelRailroadBenchwork.com benches can be easily broken down into manageable modules so should you decide to move one day you’ll save money and the heartache of having to scrap all of your hard work. Our modules conform to most club standards and are completely interchangeable and flip-able. If you someday decide to build a new layout you can reuse your existing modules without spending anything!
Standard Modular Benchwork
All Benchwork Features
All Birch plywood construction
3 1/2 inch tall, 3/4 inch thick plywood strips (same as a 1×4)
1 inch wiring passages every 6 inches
5/16 bolt holes every 6 inches around the perimeter
All the necessary assembly screws and bolts
All modules can be used in any direction, even upside down.
Cross members are spaced a maximum of 16 inces apart.
Rectangular benchwork is great, but if you are looking for rock solid benchwork that will fully support your curved track and fascia boards, curved benchwork is a great investment. Curved benchwork is available 27 standard sizes and can be custom ordered in any size or shape you might need.
Plywood vs Dimensional Lumber
Available in 36, 40 and 48 inch heights modelrailroadbenchwork.com’s leg kits come with all of the necessary screws to assemble and install them on your layout. Additionally all ModelRailroadBenchwork.com legs are notched at the top (lap jointed) to properly support your layout from underneath, eliminating stress on your fasteners and more importantly your table surface. Please note: L-shaped legs come pre-assembled.
Complete with a 1inch wire passage hole, adding support to that odd area that a module just will not fit couldn’t be faster or easier.
Risers support track that changes grades or is raised above the benchwork for scenery. Risers come 1 3/4 inches wide and are pre drilled with pocket screw holes allowing you to secure your plywood decking from underneath if you wish, which allows you to make changes without damaging your track work. Need something wider? Girders can be used as risers for multi track right of way support or larger scale model railroads.
Corner braces are a great way to stiffen up any layout to protect it from a careless visitor or to simply ensure your layout stays square.