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    • February 8, 2019 7:59 PM EST
    • Oh ..  Something like this.. 

    • February 8, 2019 7:40 PM EST
    • My former body would not have allowed me to get into that space.

      He He He ...

    • February 8, 2019 7:08 PM EST
    • The storage plan:  In the before pic you can see that previously there were several shelves here that were packed full of stuff. That stuff is temporarily living on portable shelving set up in the middle of the room. It will need a new permanent home.  My idea is to add a level above the track bench where the track goes behind the wall.


      Reference pic -


      Above this bench frame, approximately where the green tape is on the left, I'll build another frame which will also be decked over.  I am looking into track that I could use to slide a rack, or shallow tray out into the open area for access. In the latest picture you can see the door for this storage area already in place. It pivots up and latches to the ceiling when open.


      I purchased the wood to build the frame this evening on the way home; but I think I need to investigate track / sliding bin systems before I commit to a deck.


      Tonight's project is a simple one as I am whooped!  I'm going to trim back the inside wall of what is left of BOX tunnel to allow the switch to be as far back as possible. Track trials last night proved this was required to get the crossover switch to be on the level, before the grade down to McGiillicuddy's.


      The lower level deck will not be track level.  The track will enter the building a few inches above it.


      Another random thought;  Sean said "old Jon" could not have been able to build this.  Well; I am still old Jon- even older than I was before loosing weight. But I get it. My former body would not have allowed me to get into that space.

    • February 8, 2019 6:40 AM EST
    • Thanks ... very helpful.

      If I understand what you said , behind were the screw cabinets and the train pic are .. you will be installing shelving ...

      Hey ... I thought that you were carrying the table height thru  ....  I can see were it ends @ the pipe ......that's a good size drop ... now that we can see it from afar ..

      I'm also looking forward to not seeing that green anymore ...

    • February 7, 2019 9:02 PM EST
    • Here's the Before again so you can scroll them...


    • February 7, 2019 9:00 PM EST
    • Gawd - the pressure!!!!


      This was taken about 8PM, just before dinner. I had to spend the time prior cleaning up so you could see it!

    • February 7, 2019 8:15 PM EST



    • February 7, 2019 7:55 PM EST
    • Still waiting!

    • February 7, 2019 7:13 PM EST
    • Jon Radder said:


      I'll get you a long shot update tonight.


    • February 7, 2019 6:25 PM EST
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      With the new LED lighting they have now , it will be easier to see better in that area ..I've been upgrading every were with the LED lighting they have now..

      It's great. There is a bright white strip on the ceiling in this spot. It was the first thing I did after tearing out the wall.

      I've converted my entire house except the attic and the front post lamp. In the basement I converted a double 4ft florescent over my train workbench to a Harbor Freight Shop Light. Super bright (5K Lumens) and very white (Near 4000 Kelvin). It only saves 20Watts, but looks better. I liked it so much I bought two more for the garage and 6 for the shop at work!


      Late this fall we tore down an old sign that someone had tried to convert to LEDs using shop lights. The casings got pretty broken up during the demolition, but I was able to salvage all of the LED strips and power supplies. I have used them to convert two fluorescent ceiling fixtures and put a few over the train benches for work lights. I've also installed a dozen small recessed ceiling LEDs in the train room along with converting the three ceiling bulb fixtures to retro-looking fixtures with antique style LED bulbs. There is one in that long shot above. PLUS, the entire length of the bench work has overhead RGBCW/WW LED Strips. When everything is on it is brighter than outside on a sunny day!


      I'll get you a long shot update tonight.

    • February 7, 2019 8:57 AM EST
    • With the new LED lighting they have now , it will be easer to see better in that area ..I've been upgrading every were with the LED lighting they have now..

    • February 7, 2019 8:55 AM EST
    • Can we get a new shot from a way's  back ...

    • February 7, 2019 8:51 AM EST
    • I don't think the old Jon could of done that .. looks great .. shelving ... you beat me to that idea ...

    • February 7, 2019 8:38 AM EST
    • Could have used an elf or two!   This was perhaps the hardest 3 foot of bench frame I have ever built!  The space between the wall and the foundation is just over 15".  I can fit, but it's not easy to move once back there. And to make matters worse, I dropped a harbor freight work light down into a stud cavity. Spent nearly an hour trying to retrieve it and one point I was wedged in barely able to move. I thought I might need to have Marilyn call 911 for an extraction!  But I wiggled my hand free and was finally able to pull myself out!


      So here, after 3 hours if cussing and sweating is the hidden bench frame...


      I still need to duplicate that frame 18" above it as a base for storage shelves. The fun never ends!!!


      From the other end...


      BTW - The photo angle makes it look crooked, but I checked it multiple time end-to-end and side-to-side and the frame is dead level.

    • February 7, 2019 7:19 AM EST
    • I wonder how much work  the elves did over night ?

      Is it done yet ?

    • February 6, 2019 6:16 PM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:

      Bout all your missing down there is a helix, and Ric could probably fix ya up with that...............


      Not that I would actually do it, but if I built one here and went out the window I'd be in the garden!  How would that be for a roundy, roundy, roundy, round!


    • February 6, 2019 8:17 AM EST
    • Bout all your missing down there is a helix, and Ric could probably fix ya up with that...............

    • February 6, 2019 6:27 AM EST
    • This is great!  It just keeps expanding and growing.  Good work, Jon.  Enjoy the experience!

    • February 5, 2019 11:09 PM EST
    • Olde Rock Saw just wasn't quite big enough to slice the box...


      I had to finish with a hand saw, but it worked out OK...


      I moved the rear legs to the section I am keeping than re-installed it...


      This short section gets me past the pier to where the footing gets deeper. From there I will build bench from the inside of the paneling wall up to the block wall.   That's about it for tonight. Bench frame tomorrow.

    • February 5, 2019 10:49 PM EST
    • Thanks Ric -  I'm already expecting a few custom cut pieces. I have an old school bender if I need to go that route, but so far I think it's going to work with mostly sectional track with a trim here and there.,