To speed construction at an upcoming a group work session, I made a pair of
assembly templates on the weekend of February 2-3, 2002. One of the assembly
templates is for the construction of the peninsula supports for the two new
peninsulas on this layout. The other template is for the construction of the
vertical wall brackets that support the two levels of the layout. The templates
consist of 2 x 2 pieces screwed to some MDF shelves. Photos of these templates
A group work session was held on February 9, 2002 to continue construction of the CSXT
Shenandoah Division Version 2.0 layout. Rich and I got a head start and ripped
some more 1 x 2 "dimensional lumber" from 3/4" birch plywood. For
the rest of the work session, we split into two crews. Rich, Marcus, Larry, and
Tommy worked on assembling the peninsula supports, while Todd and I worked on
continuing to make mass cuts of the 3/4" birch "dimensional
lumber" in an effort to stay ahead of the first crew. We made a good dent
in the pile of wood, while the first crew assembled 20 of the T-shaped peninsula
supports (including 8 with the supports for both decks of the layout). This crew
also assembled the 8 L-shaped peninsula supports as well.
On February 13, 2002, I cut a bunch of 2 x 2 stakes into 2.5" inch glue
blocks for use in attaching the horizontal deck supports to the vertical wall
On February 23, 2002, I built a third assembly template. This template
consists of a 1 x 3 with some of the glue blocks screwed to it on 16"
centers. This template will be used in constructing the two new peninsulas. On
this day, I also made the rest of the mass cuts of wood for the double-deck
On February 24, 2002, I cut all of the diagonal cross-braces for the
peninsula supports, completing all of the mass cuts. The only wood left to cut
at this point will be some cut-to-fit situations that I want to measure once we
start assembling the layout, rather than relying completely on the CAD drawings.
At this point, the good news is that I believe I'm ready to commence assembly
of the layout.