Well ... I finally broke ground on my N scale steel mill layout after four long years of waiting. During that time I had been stuck in R&D mode because I didn't have the space. But on February 12th my son moved into an apartment -- and on February 13th, I began building the benchwork in his bedroom my train room. Boy, was he surprised when he came home for Sunday dinner shortly thereafter! LOL! Anyway, here is my 90% design (sorry for relatively poor resolution - I was limited by the upload size). It is essentially a two-foot shelf on three of the four walls. The other wall is one foot. And, yes, it is a duck-under. I know ... thankfully, I'm flexible enough to get my 5'-10" frame under there pretty easily. When that changes, I figure I can make do with a mechanic's creeper or low examination stool on casters. During those four years of patiently waiting for a room to open up, I was able to acquire 80% of the stuff I need for the project. Since my carpentry skills are poor, I decided to buy my benchwork from Sievers Benchwork. Let me tell you, for the carpentry-challenged, it is well worth the money. I was able to build the entire table in about six hours with nothing more than a power screwdriver; a hammer and a ratchet set. All of the hardware was included too. It was delivered in four boxes; here is all of the wood before assembly. Here are two more benchwork pictures: one during mid-assembly and with initial foam board top installed. The plan is to focus initial work on the steel mill section first (area to the left in the photo above). Except for the high line, it will be entirely at 50" elevation. I initially was going to have one of the mainlines at 49" elevation, but I have since nixed that idea. The steel mill is going to be extremely complicated and I figure the split level mainline would give me less room for error. I have some 1/8" cork I will be laying over the entire steel mill property. Then construction begins on my first Walther's kit: that enormous blast furnace! I suspect that will take at least a month to complete, if not longer. I can't wait to share my intermittent progress with you on that ... it looks very challenging. My plan is to build all of the major steel mill structures and before laying down ANY track, since the mill layout is going to be pretty tight if I want to get all of the buildings I have planned for into the allocated space for the scene. Although I used RailModelerPro for the preliminary design, I'm sure it is not absolutely perfect when it comes to dimensions. We'll see. Of course, comments, critiques, suggestions, warnings, etc. are welcome. After 25 years of marriage, I've got pretty thick skin.