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How to build floating shelf benchwork for a model railroad

These shelves neatly frame a model train layout without any visible supports
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Layout presentation is important to me, as I work on my HO scale Los Angeles Junction shelf layout. Neat and clean benchwork enhances the experience of viewing and operating a model railroad. The benchwork and the space around the layout are like the frame around a painting. I especially want the benchwork to look good when the layout is in a shared space, such as a home office.

At the local hardware store I noticed various floating shelf designs. Because there are no visible brackets, this shelf support system is sleek and uncluttered.

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