• I tacked in 13″ hardboard skyboards around the layout. I’ll be painting these Polar White.
  • I cut painted and installed the south and east valance fascias.
  • I started work on an under layout workbench. The melamine workbench table top rests on a 1 1/2″ slotted angle iron frame. The workbench is 30″ from the floor.
 

West Valance

I completed the west valance. Mostly:) It still needs a little touch up paint. The valance fascia is hardboard. I brad nailed it to the valance frame. I installed my old Cryon LED lighting behind the valance; this will be my nightime blue lighting in this area.

Desk Complete

I finally cut the backboard and edged the shelves. I’ve also complete 90% benchwork and lighting work that needs to be done in this area, including: lighting, shelves, brackets. So I decided to move my computer back into the closet. I love it!

May 242012
 

I’ve been plugging away at finishing the desk and closet. It’s been a good way to stay inside while the weather has been rainy.

  • The big chore was wiring the closet raceways.
  • After wiring I added the lighting; a closet light (for low level lighting while using the computer); day lights; and night lights.
  • I added shelves below the desk. They are mounted on angle brackets. I still need to add edge tape to the front of the shelves. The shelves will store magazines, railroad books and miscellaneous computer stuff.
  • I drilled a hole for computer wires to go from above the desk to below the desk. Mounted a power supply below the desk.
  • I mounted a shelf bracket to the east side of the layout deck. This forces the layout deck back to level.
  • I also cut a larger hole from the main layout to the closet.

I still need to cut, paint and install a back board around the desk. And I still need to make some minor touch ups. But the desk area is mostly complete and I think I can move my computer back into the closet and get rid of this crappy old desk I’ve been using.

 

 

I added the keyboard tray to the bottom of the desk. Everything fits! Yeah! I still need to cut some trim boards to encircle the desktop and hide the gaps.

I’m done with the deck. It’s extended al the way around the room and into the closet. I put the last couple of pieces in today.

I’ve been sitting on the hardboard for the sky-boards for about a week. I finally got out the table saw and trimmed them to size then cut them to fit with the circular saw. I have a bunch of oddball sky-boards to cut now, mostly to fit around the windows and closet.

May 032012
 

When I built my Halland Yard layout, I decided to build my office desk into the closet. It was primarily a sheet of 3/4″ plywood, supported by lumber across the back and the front sides. The front of the desk spanned the 5′ closet opening. This front portion really began to sag. It was unsupported. I couldn’t shore up the support it with shelf brackets, because I needed the space underneath to roll my file cabinets into it.

Old Desk

The old desk was sagging across the front.

Instead of rehabilitating the old desk, I decided to replace it. I chose melamine as a desktop early on. After a little research and experimentation, I decided to support the front of the desk using a piece of 1/4″ thick 1″x1″ aluminum angle. The angle is bolted to the studs with countersunk 2 1/2″ #14 Spax screws. The rear support is 1 1/2″ steel angle. The front aluminum angle is installed upright, so that the front of the desktop rests in the angle instead of atop it.

I still have some work to do, but so far. I like it!

Also See My TrainBoard Post “Metal Angle Support

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