Benchwork for Module

Discussion in 'Modular Layout Forum' started by JonfromElmCity, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. JonfromElmCity

    JonfromElmCity New Member

    Nov 4, 2005
    Likes Received:
    I have read some of the other threads about building a module and have a few questions.

    People have mentioned using the foam insulation for the top of their module with a couple of stringers to support the foam. Am I understanding this right?

    How do you mount track on the foam insulation?

    Also, is there any reason why I can't just use "L" brackets to connect the sides of the frame to make the 2' x 4' box?

    Help and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Oct 31, 2002
    Likes Received:

    I would suggest that you go through the "resources" thread (top one when viewing this forum) to help you find some additional info - there are a ton of ways to construct modules!!

    But my answers to your questions would be:

    Use the 2" foam for the top of your module. It is actually recessed down into the sides (usually 3/4" ply ripped to 4 or 4.5" wide). If your module is 2x4 feet or less, you will not need additional bracing across the frame to support the foam. 2" foam is surprisingly strong.

    I would recommend latex "adhesive" caulking to stick the subroadbed (cork, etc) and track to the foam. You could alos use "gorilla" glue which is a urethane glue I believe. Whatever you choose, make sure it is foam-friendly, and is also waterproof when dry - this last point is important if you are going to use water based scenery or ballasting methods.

    Instead of "L" brackets, I would recommend a good sized corner gusset. This is a triangular piece with one angle at 90* so you get the corners square. It also provides support for your foam, and is a place to anchor whatever leg system you are going to use.

    Hope that helps.