After 4 weeks with no free time, I am finally going to start my layout. As you may recall here is the basic design: It is about a 6'x3' layout with a small staging area in the back (top of the image). I am planning on posting pictures as I progress and hoping to get some feedback since I really don't have much of a clue about what I am doing (besides reading some books and reading a lot on this board). I started with a cheap $30 folding table I picked up at Menards. I used a folding table to minimize the amount of woodworking I need to do: I then constructed a wood frame to go on top of the table. I am planning on putting a couple legs under the frame to raise it 4-5 inches above the table, allowing me to run the wires on the underside. I am also planning on storing the control panel under the frame: I was hoping to use some 3x3's as legs, but Home Depot doesn't carry that size wood. So I need to do some thinking (any suggestions???). Next I put a sheet of pink foam on top of the frame. Since I was unable to get a 8'x4' sheet into my car, I had them cut it, and I taped it together with duct tape (it is suprisingly sturdy): My next step is to figure out how to raise the entire frame up 4-5 inches, and then I will begin laying the outer loop of track...hopefully I will have some more progress pictures tomorrow.