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#1 posted 01-24-2017 06:54 PM

Many years ago, I built a train table for my son. The framing and supports for the top were all 1×4 and the top itself was Homosote. Not sure if they make it any more, but it was a low density fiberboard about 3/4 thick. I seem to recall that the under frame was on 16” centers and the whole thing was screwed together. I used plain 2×4s for the legs. The table was in a loft so the legs were maybe 24” long. The table itself was a dogbone overall about 18’ long, 4’ squares at the ends and a 3’ wide connecter section with angled section to the squares.

It survived quite well between both my son and I climbing all over it to lay track, build mountains, landscape, etc. We eventually moved and ended up giving the layout to a neighbor. Simple matter to unscrew the section, lift and disconnect the tracks, then carry it out.

Trains and quilts weigh next to nothing. Some type of sheet goods for the top will make working with both easier. Save your barn wood for a show piece, or rim the top with it.

BTW, my wife sews and occasionally needs a large layout table. Our solution was to buy a ping pong table. Huge flat and smooth surface when she needs it and when she doesn’t, it’s still fun to have around.

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