Storing your Trains

Discussion in 'G / O / S Scale Model Trains' started by spankybird, Oct 14, 2005.

  1. spankybird

    spankybird OTTS Founder

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    We made our own modular shelves. The shelf units are made from 1” x 6” and 1” x 4” for the two sides (LH & RH).



    We made this as a box frame, with 1” x 4” for the two sides (LH & RH) and the shelf units are made from 1” x 6”.



    I use 1 x 6 cut to 3 ½ “ long and screwed to the sides to provide a spacer for the shelf.


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    The shelf themselves are 1 x 6. This will allow 2 rows of O gauge cars on them.

    I make mine 4 feet long, this is common shelving wood at many home improvement stores.

    I make on set at 4 feet high and a second one at 2 foot high. Added together it makes a 6 foot high shelf, which clears most ceilings.


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  2. BlueberryhillRR

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    Spankybird, That looks really good. Nice job. Are you going to paint,

    or stain the shelves? Or leave them as is???

    Chuck
  3. spankybird

    spankybird OTTS Founder

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    For the past 6 years, they have been plain
  4. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Nice bit of carpentry! I like the idea of trains stored in sight. Mine are kept in a wooden dresser with drawers that I divided into strips with 1X4s to create narrow channels in each to hold cars in place so they don't shift when I open and close the drawers. Works but you can't see 'em though! :)

    Nice job!
    Ralph
  5. Gil Finn

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    I useed those slotted bracets and puine shelving painted white. I laid old track down that I painted grey and blocked the ends of it.

    It all sort of blendend into the walls
  6. Chief Eagles

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    Thanks Tom. Been complaining about now where to put rolling stock until I get train room done. Got small book case I can adapt and then maybe build one of those too. Put it in the other room until I get layout going. Thanks
  7. Dave Farquhar

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    Tom, those are nice. I had a friend help me build a set for myself. We used 1x6s and since he has a table saw, he dadoed the sides so we just needed one board per side. He also cut slots for the wheels so I didn't have to lay track.

    Now I just need to get enough wood to make about three more. :)
  8. spankybird

    spankybird OTTS Founder

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    Thanks Dave,

    When I built the first 3 I didn't have access to either a table or radial saw. So I used my hand held cycler saw. That is why I build it this way. Now I have a radial saw, but they are all done.

    tom
  9. Dr. John

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    Tom,
    Thanks for sharing the photos and the "how to" of building your storage and display shelves. Nicely done!
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    spankybird OTTS Founder

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    It's my pleasure :)