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Ironing Board Layout

Postby Nevadablue » Sun Jun 29, 2014 12:17 am

I decided that I MUST start on a layout. I found an old ironing board in the junk pile and decided that it will be perfect for my first GN15 layout. It is all metal, height adjustable and measures 14" x 58" overall. That should make a perfect little layout that I can sit or stand at, and will give me enough room to have a few structures too.
Now to figure out a track plan. I've collected some flexible track, some switches and have some little people available to help build the place. :D
There is a critter under construction and more parts to build rolling stock too.

I read this site every night, gleaning ideas and it is time to start. Thanks again for this great site!
I'm retired, but working for my lady on a house addition so this won't go fast, but I MUST start. :D

As you can see, my drawing abilities are limited. :shock:

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Postby adamc » Sun Jun 29, 2014 3:06 am

How about a pier ?

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Postby martin » Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:58 am

Looking forward to seeing this develop - how about an Ironing Board Factory?
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Postby RoGNer » Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:06 am

That's a good item to use as a base Ken.

How about an Iron Ore mine? "Iron Or Gnott"

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Postby chris stockdale » Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:27 am

RoGNer wrote:
How about an Iron Ore mine? "Iron Or Gnott"






:D :D :D

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Postby gnichols » Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:27 pm

Wonderful idea. How about using one of those vintage style boards that folds up into a cabinet on the wall? Gary

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Postby Bilco » Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:04 pm

Ken - are you planning to build the layout within the borders of the existing ironing board, or to use the board as a base and build a layout that is fixed on top of the board? You don't mention what the surface of the board is - some boards have a top of metal mesh, others have a solid top.

You could make a rectangular baseboard of conventional type that fits over the ironing board - this might allow you to have, for example, a stream under the track if you make it deep enough. The rectangular shape would give you a bit more space at the right-hand end. Then you could fix the baseboard to the top in a way that allows you to remove it if necessary.

Another consideration is the legs of the ironing board - they are usually no wider than the board itself, which makes for a rather unstable set-up. You could extend the feet sideways (across the width of the board) to make the board a bit more stable, or clamp them to the floor.

Just a few thoughts - I went through some planning for a layout using an old ironing board a while ago. Indeed, I use mai laidy waif's ironing board to support the Watts' layout when it comes in from the garage.
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Postby Nevadablue » Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:03 pm

Thanks for the ideas guys! My wife suggested the old fashioned board that tilts out of the wall. You know... in new construction or even in existing... opening the space between two studs and having a fold down layout would be cool! Completely hidden when folded up and out of the way. Maybe 4 or even 5 feet long by 15 inches or so of space. Neat!

I think I will make a rectangular board to bolt to the mesh top of the ironing board. And, yes, the feet of the legs need to be extendable for stability. I need to look at some conduit I have and see if I can make some extensions that telescope into the existing tube feet when folded up.
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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:05 pm

What's that famous quote about loving it when a plan comes together? :D
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Postby Nevadablue » Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:30 am

I think the ironing board factory is a great idea! They can get lumber from the lumber company when I get that built! (and the sawmill and and and) :lol:
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Dunbracken

Postby dingbat2d » Mon Jun 30, 2014 7:40 am

Has you seen Dunbracken by Tom Dauben? Its in 009 but useful for the trackplan if you downsize it.

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Postby rue_d_etropal » Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:44 am

a ruf calculation, and space same as 2 APA boxes I think.
My only concern with ironing boards is the stability, but the collection of ironing board layouts at RAMMA last year was fantastic.
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Postby KEG » Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:52 am

I don´t know, how many Iron Board Layouts were shown at Sedan last year. Here are four of them:

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All in smaller scales. For Gn15 better use a Surf Board and show it at boat exibitions, floating in the pond.


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Postby Artizen » Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:31 am

So what is the connection between ironing boards and a layout that features water?

The surfboard idea has merit!
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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:08 pm

rue_d_etropal wrote:My only concern with ironing boards is the stability,
probably also true in form of "My only concern with railway modelers is the stability, " :lol:
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Re: Dunbracken

Postby Nevadablue » Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:30 am

dingbat2d wrote:Has you seen Dunbracken by Tom Dauben? Its in 009 but useful for the trackplan if you downsize it.


I haven't seen it. A search here turned up nothing. Do you have a link?

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I found it with an offsite search. Thanks again!
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Postby Thorness » Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:46 am

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Postby Pierre_Berry » Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:49 pm

Very interesting links. Thanks.
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Postby franckcombe » Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:04 pm

KEG wrote:I don´t know, how many Iron Board Layouts were shown at Sedan last year. Here are four of them:

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All in smaller scales. For Gn15 better use a Surf Board and show it at boat exibitions, floating in the pond.


Have Fun

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More than 20 layouts

you can see there http://forum.e-train.fr/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=67356&hilit=ramma+sedan+2013

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Postby Carlo » Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:51 pm

Hi, Franck -
I am looking for more information and pictures of the first "ironing board" layout shown you quoted from KEG's post; the one with the decidedly Mediterranean Village theme. I scanned the 40 pages of that link you provided, but didn't see anything.

Can you, or anyone else, help me here?
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Postby franckcombe » Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:06 am

Carlo wrote:Hi, Franck -
I am looking for more information and pictures of the first "ironing board" layout shown you quoted from KEG's post; the one with the decidedly Mediterranean Village theme. I scanned the 40 pages of that link you provided, but didn't see anything.

Can you, or anyone else, help me here?
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Bernard junk is the author of this layout. He is very talents.

I know him and we practice the same scale 7/8 ths.

a link to a forum

http://www.passion-metrique.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7965&p=288143&hilit=junk#p288143

You can order this magazine (ref HSLR35 (hors série 01/2014) : Astuces de modélistes, 38 tours de main pour votre réseau) It describes all the ironing board layouts.

http://www.portail-trains.com/resultat-recherche-magazine/widgetsearchmagazine-2477-hslr35-hors-serie-01-2014-astuces-de-modelistes-38-tours-de-main-pour-votre-reseau.html#menu_centre

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Postby Nevadablue » Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:48 am

Thanks for the link Frank. The detail in his modeling is astounding.
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Postby ijopson » Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:55 pm

alternative to an ironing board is an old knitting machine table. I have one sitting in the shed that is 48inches x 15inches, though they seem to be more 12inch width ones around than that. I just can't decide what to do with it at the moment. Quite a few on e-bay.

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Postby Toeffelholm » Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:09 am

Here are some pics I have made of this very inspiring layout

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Postby Nevadablue » Fri Jul 04, 2014 4:12 pm

Thank you for those inspiring pictures.
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