As the country song goes, I get by with a little help from my frinds and in this case it is with the decisions about the layout and the response I got from my last blog. As my earlier blog stated, I had gotten burned out from working on a layout that wasn't matching what I had hoped to achieve and was also taking so much space to the point I had no room for my other hobbies. I had decided to reduce my layout by a small amount and when I got the pieces dismantled it was nice the space it gained. Still, it didn't allow me the space and abiliy to do other things.
Well, after reading all the posts, PM's, and emails in response to my query I have came up with a game plan that has revitalized my interest in the layout and with my train/hobby room. I had mentioned a shelf layout and after all the reponses that I read, that is the way I have decided to go. I am going to dismantle the layout totally and because it will be small, I can cut the lumber back and reuse a lot of it for the framing of my new layout. I have attached a diagram of my new rendition of the layout and am real happy with the setting of everything. It will give me the layout I want, the space to work on other hobbies, and display cases to put it all in it.
As you can see from this I will have two levels, the lower at 24" wide and the upper at 16" wide. The desk will sit in a corner and have shelves which are not shown here above it, I will also have a swivel TV arm where I can move the TV up against the wall when working on projects and can move out when playing video games and when running the trains. This will give me a lot more flexibilty to do a number of things and will give me plenty of options. I am hoping to begin teardown tonight and maybe get it all down and start the build by Saturday. In three weeks I go on a staycation so I am looking forward to getting a good bit of it built in the next few weeks. We shall see.