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March 2007 (2):
With all do respect to our friends
across the pond and our brethren due North of here, today was "Boxing Day" at the RGW.
While we are not celebrating Boxing Day in the true Brit or Canuck fashion, it
is in a way a day to celebrate the next phase of benchwork construction.
We referred to our exploits of today as boxing day, as we built 8 boxes of
varying length, each spanning a distance of 1 foot from the exterior wall.
We then proceeded to hang the boxes from the brackets we installed at our last
The pictures below should give you a
better feel for how our brackets were intended to work. The first pic is our
stand-alone bracket, while the next two pics show installed boxes. Our
"bracket sandwich" includes two ends of opposing boxes with the 3/16" bracket
between them. The through holes are 7/16" in diameter and the center hole
is 1" in diameter. Threaded bolts, washers and nuts hold the sandwich
together and the center hole is for running wire when we get to that point.
The first pic in the next series shows
the boxes installed along the NW wall of the train room. Those boxes that
have been built were the ones that did not need any special construction
technique. The boxes that still remain to be built will require special
dimensioning in order to accommodate either the space they will fit in (like the
corners) or that may need some contouring in order to complement the need for
additional aisle space. The next pic includes a quick grade reference.
We put in a temporary riser and put down a 1x4 board to represent our grade as
it exits the staging area and heads up to the next table. The third pic
includes the boxes on the North wall and the final pic is for your use as a
reference as to what the area looked like before we installed the boxes.
In our next report, we anticipate all of the boxes will be
built and installed. That then leads us to our next hurdle, the
construction of the "North Blob" as we affectionately refer to it. You can
see the drawing here.
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