I went to Homebase today. They had a piece of MDF (they had several). It was just the wrong size. I wanted 1.25×0.5 metres – not a big piece. They had these pieces 1.2×0.61. Just slightly too short, and slightly too wide. Now, the width I can cope with. The length is a bit of a problem. I needed it to be more than 1.2 because I need to be able to get it as close to the wall in the office as possible, and that means it has to be able to sit over the radiator, as that is he only place it can go.
I haven’t yet measured to see if 1.2 will fit, but if it does, then that will be fine. Of course, the width is a bit of a problem. But it is a minor one, as with a jigsaw I will be able to cut that easily. I need to be able to cut the base support wood (25x25mm) to the right length and then smooth off the ends with some sandpaper. I have a decision to make here, to make the baseboard free standing sitting on a table. This will make it easier to flip over and work on.the underside, there will be a lot happening there.
I’ll need clamps, glue and either nails or screws to hold the support wood in place. I am suffering from a little bit of a lack of planning, and could not guarantee that I had the correct tools for the job, but at the same time purchasing items that might be a possible duplicate of something we already have. So, before I commit to the wood and the work of building the baseboard, I am undergoing a tool collation exercise.
So, I consider to have been both successful and frustrating. I must admit, I nearly bought the wood today, it was with reluctance that I left Homebase without it. I even sat in the car almost wracked with guilt at not having bought anything. But I have taken things a little bit forward. If you couple today with the almost decision that I am going to go for NCE powercab as the DCC system, then it has been fruitful.