Shelves on the fascia

Kevin Anderson Sep 15, 2015

  1. Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson TrainBoard Member

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    Ok I am thinking about adding a couple small shelves to the fascia so operators have a place to play with the paperwork without setting it on the layout itself. Current and are to have it hanging from a lanyard around the neck but I am trying to think ahead to possible issues. What I am thinking about is a holding shelf. I want to use 1/8" meson it'd attached to hinges so that it will fold down or up out of the way. My question is what to use to hold it up for when it is in use? Any ideas? Thanks!


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  2. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    i just mounted folders onto the fascia will post a pic tomorrow
     
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    retsignalmtr TrainBoard Member

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    Small clip boards hung with cup hooks on facia?
     
  4. ScaleCraft

    ScaleCraft TrainBoard Member

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    Any shelf will end up with down force applied. BTDT.
    My benchwork is 1X4, so I made 1/2" ply shelves (paperwork, coffee cups, etc) that fit under, screwed straight up, and bridging back to the next 1X4 for strength. Those do not fail.
    Having some Rube Goldberg device to hold them up isn't probably the ideal, but you can swing the shelf. One pivot pin, with a big washer under, one on top as a "distance piece" or shim, swing it about the pivot to extend, swing back out of the way.
    If you really want to use 1/8" Masonite, well, fold it up, hinged, with the tail long enough to hit a cross brace behind the fascia.
    Bury a cupboard magnet in the top of the fascia with a metal piece maybe under the shelf to hold it up.
    Walking about with a lanyard around one's neck is asking for something to get caught and dragged off the layout.
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  5. Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks. Right now I am playing with different ideas. I used electric gang boxes for car card boxes at every industry. I was thinking the lanyards and bi set clips to hold the cards for the train to keep them out of the way so both hands could be used as necessary to operate the train.


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    Thanks. Right now I am playing with different ideas. I used electric gang boxes for car card boxes at every industry. I was thinking the lanyards and bi set clips to hold the cards for the train to keep them out of the way so both hands could be used as necessary to operate the train.


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  7. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Here is my fascia
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  8. ArtinCA

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    Folding shelf? Easy. Hinges that would let the shelf swing up and either a latch or magnets to hold it in place till you don't need it. If you're just sorting cards, the magnets will hold the shelf till you don't need it.

    Or a slot and a slide out shelf.

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  9. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    This sounds like an interesting idea.
     
  10. Rocket Jones

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    The trick is having something strong enough to write on, yet can be folded or slid out of the way. If the purpose is just sorting cards and/or paperwork, then I think small boxes attached to the fascia would be enough.
     
  11. Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson TrainBoard Member

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    This is what my fascia looks like right now. I still have a few more boxes to place and label.

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