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Are we degenerating into who's the most untidy slob completion here ?, I haven't showed you my work bench yet there are at least three loco's in various bit of disassembly, boxes and rubble, mind I do seem to do my best stuff in an inspired state of Chaos.
BTW I've been contemplating a chop saw I think their great for layout work, Power tools are so expensive here.

 

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QUOTE (Makemineadouble @ 5 Jan 2007, 20:27) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Are we degenerating into who's the most untidy slob completion here ?, I haven't showed you my work bench yet there are at least three loco's in various bit of disassembly, boxes and rubble, mind I do seem to do my best stuff in an inspired state of Chaos.
BTW I've been contemplating a chop saw I think their great for layout work, Power tools are so expensive here.


I bought a mitre saw specifically for this layout. It's brilliant. It makes it so much easier. Power tools are really cheap in Ozz. I found it hard to believe when I first came here. Things like sanders can be got for 30 dollars here, about a tenner in the UK. At these prices they're almost disposable!
I've got a few disassembled locos kicking around somewhere too.

After I wrote that last post it dawned on me that your floors white and so I can't see how messy it is. Mines green and all the sawdust etc is really obvious. I do sweep up after I've finished, usually.
 

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Actually the floor is insulated. It's a raised industrial chip board, with a vinyl silver cover on it. The room it's self is well insulated but I'm going to buy a dehumidifier for it.
I'm had a change of plan, and the On30 layout is going back in the study as a shunting layout and the modular layout is back in the studio. I'll just enlarge the corner moduals so that they can take a minimum 30". I'm going to buy a chop saw and stand, as they are very handy to have. Power tools are expensive here, even a budget range saw and stand are going to set you back two hundred quid.
Today we have the S&Djr trust show at Edington S&Djr Activity it's a small show but means I can go down to the Somerset levels as well as my Mrs want to visit Burrow Mump
Pictures Barrow Mump
Burrow Bridge
We enjoy exploring and I'll take the camera as I might get some material for my water colours. It's also a good excuse to go for lunch.
 

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Some photo's from today's Edington Show run by the Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust, my photo's feature
Engine Wood.
This is a single line cassette to Cassette fiddle yards with a typical S&Djr station and passing point and full working Semaphore signals, it's a very attractive and well run layout.















and one shot of Barrow Mump in the rain




enjoy
 

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>full working Semaphore signals
I admire anyone that can do that in 4mm scale! Thanks for posting the pix; they look good.

If you think it rained today, tomorrow looks worse.

David
 

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QUOTE (Mark Thornton @ 6 Jan 2007, 20:25) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I think MMD and Neil are looking at different quality ranges of tool. Cheaper tools are available in the UK, perhaps not quite as cheap as £10 but often not a whole lot more.
The sanders I buy are the cheapest available as I have found from experience that they clog up and die pretty soon so I treat them as disposable and buy $30 ones. Drills and saws I tend to buy better ones. Most of my tools are Bosch who are ok. The mitre saw was, as mitre saws go, a cheapy. It was only $100 or 40 quid. If I wanted the cheapest De Walt one it would have been $550 which is 220 quid. It serves it's purpose well though and Jap tools are cheap here. You could still get one cheaper than that. Depends on how much you are going to use it whether you want a good one or not.

Would certainly recommend the mitre (chop) saw. It really take hours out of your layout construction time and gives you the ability to do good angled cuts.


The dehumidifier is a good idea. I won't need one for six months though. It's as dry as here now. It's so dry I have cracks in the dustbowl formerly known as my lawn.

Nice layout by the way. Nice greenery.

Thats not Glastonbury Tor in the bottom picture is it?
 

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no it's not Glastonbury Tor BTW it's about 25% of the size. It's called Burrow Mump located at Burrow bridge on the Somerset levels. It's a medieval church on a mound on the Isle of Athelney the church was destroyed by the Roundheads during the English Civil War the Royalists used it as a fortification.

Here's my compound mitre saw it's going to be useful for those tricky corner units. In the background you can see the joke of our house, it's the top of my rubbish bin called Mr Clean.



Here my method of clamping up before assembly of another modual



and this is a bigger picture of the same



I've just started fabricating the first legs we might have a semi completed modual by tomorrow afternoon
it's all been a bit low key this week as I've been servicing a batch of loco's I have for sale. As you can see my current sponsorship is Triton.

 

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This table is amazingly strong. The legs are glue and tack I also have a quality nailing gun and this saves a lot of time. Now I have the first one almost finished I have a sort of cutting list, and then it's full steam ahead on production. I'll photograph the leg particularly the top you'll see it's a clever design and self supporting.
 

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Bench work is looking great Mmad looking forward to seeing more of you layout as you progress with it,i think i need to get into gear and build my last baseboard for the layout which i'm hoping to get done atleast the framework tomorrow and the ply sheeting fitted monday afternoon.
 
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