Railway table access panel.

February 15th, 2015

Since I am soon starting a new job and will be working from home I really want to get the glass for my railway table so I have somewhere to set up my laptop to work on. Before I can get the glass I needed to make the access panel in the bottom of the table. This is so I can access the underside of the layout in case the train gets stuck or derailed inside the tunnel.

The other week I cut out the hole. This weekend I made the sliding panel. I set up a temporary router  table and cut a groove in some strips of pine. These would go on the base of the table to allow a piece of thin ply to slide to open and close the hole.

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I made the edge rails longer than needed so they can help stiffen the table bottom. A simple cut out in one end piece allows you to slide the panel with a fingertip. I didn’t really need that, you can slide it easily with the flat of your hand.

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I gave it a quick coat of oil and then screwed the base back on this time using proper cup washers I got cheap in a second hand shop. I still really need slotted screws though but I can replace the screws when I find some easily enough.

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With the layout back in you can see how the hatch give access to the underside of the layout though the holes in that.


So next, get the glass!

One Response to “Railway table access panel.”

  1. Austin 7 Special » Blog Archives » Very small update. Says:

    […] of progress is because I’ve been too busy getting ready for my new job, trying to finish my railway table (as I need that to work at!) and messing about with my Orwell computer. I’ve been on a roll […]