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    • November 21, 2017 8:25 PM EST
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
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      DIY Barrel planter Microlayout AKA Barrel of Fun Layout

      Took the week off to get some much needed yardwork done, and we get a heatwave....90+ here. So I decided to spend the hotter parts of the day doing something I wanted to do. Built my own brackets from 1x4s and 1x2s on an old barrel planter and used my next to last 31" circle of track. The barrel is on a roller base so I can move it around. Next is to fill it up and figure out rocks and planting. Hope the photo loads from my phone.

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      This post was edited by Vic Smith at December 11, 2017 12:05 PM EST
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    • November 22, 2017 2:27 AM EST
      • Visalia, California
         
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      Looks good Vic! Maybe thats what I need since it looks like its going to be a lot longer before I get to start a layout again. Something like this would at least let me run something!

      Steve

    • November 22, 2017 8:24 AM EST
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      This layout is definitely a barrel of fun!!

    • November 22, 2017 9:28 AM EST
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      Looks like fun, Vic. I always enjoy your projects.  Can't wait to see it after it gets a dose of your creativity

    • November 22, 2017 2:33 PM EST
      • Chaco, Paraguay
         
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      hmmmm...  filling the barrel with beer, you could have the BL RR (Beer Lake Roundy Round)

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    • November 22, 2017 4:57 PM EST
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
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      I managed to get the wood stained and gave the barrel a rub of stain as well. Looks almost sorta new. Scouting for rocks and a building that might work. Thinking about succulents as plant fill.

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    • November 25, 2017 8:17 PM EST
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
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      FYI how to cheat on finding the angle of the barrel sides without a fancy adjustable square our using any math. I just took a longer 1x4 laid across the barrel top, take a second 1x4 about the height of the side and screw it to one end on the side of the long 1x. Lay the long 1x across the top, twist the smaller 1x until it's tight to barrel side and add a second screw to fix it in place. Move it around the barrel to ensure the angle is consistent on all sides.

      Next make a pencil line of the angle on the long 1x and then remove the short 1x. Using a square draw a 90° at one side of the diagonal line and measure the distance, in my case the distance was 3/8". I then simply used the 3/8" measurement to transcribe the angle of the barrel side to the rest of the 1x4s used. The top measuring 6", the bottom 6-3/8". When screwed to the barrel all the support brackets will install consistently level.

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    • November 27, 2017 1:04 PM EST
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      Finally loaded the pics into my Album

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    • November 28, 2017 8:42 AM EST
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      Looking good Vic.  Cant wait to see how you detail it.  I think you just motivated me t start mine.  I just picked up a small Korber house that will work great.  Sedumes will look good with a boxwood or two

    • November 28, 2017 11:12 AM EST
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
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      Thanks Shawn, I'm going to use succulents here with desert scenery.

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    • November 28, 2017 11:46 AM EST
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      Simple, practical, method for marking the angles, neat. What kind of power pack is going to be used?

    • November 28, 2017 5:25 PM EST
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
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      I have an LGB 50081 I can use. I'm setting it up so I can quickly connect/disconnect it, it will sit on the little platform when in use but I won't leave it outside.

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    • November 28, 2017 5:25 PM EST
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
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      Dbl post, second time this has happened

      This post was edited by Vic Smith at November 28, 2017 7:56 PM EST
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    • November 28, 2017 5:56 PM EST
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      Really cool, Vic. Were you inspired by the HLW kits? Or did the idea just grab you? 

       

      Either way, it's a very neat project -- as are all of your creations. Will you make an elaborate themed thing in the center, with plants growing around it? Or just do plants? 

       

      CJ

       

       

    • November 29, 2017 4:40 PM EST
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      Looking good as always.

    • November 30, 2017 1:01 PM EST
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
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      I've known about the HLW kits since they came out but always thought that they were A; a bit expensive and B; I've never been a fan of the black plastic track they sell, I never thought it would hold up well over time outdoors. 

       

      I'm planning a desert scene, rocks with succulents with a couple buildings in the foreground. The idea will be like Ray Dunakin's layout only much much much much smaller ;)

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    • November 30, 2017 2:20 PM EST
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      Something like this? 

    • November 30, 2017 4:53 PM EST
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
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      a wee bit smaller 

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    • November 30, 2017 8:33 PM EST
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      Ok Scott...

       

      those excursion cars need passengers

       

      And where does the spur go?  Across a bridge and?

    • November 30, 2017 8:41 PM EST
      • Shawn carries, A Pruse 02B12,
         
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      Vic Smith said:

      Thanks Shawn, I'm going to use succulents here with desert scenery.

      This post has been reported to the moderator for stating :succulents

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