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 Posted: Mon Dec 17th, 2018 08:03 pm
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Bob D


Joined: Wed Apr 1st, 2015
Location: Portsmouth, Virginia USA
Posts: 640
It was a bit "pricey", but if you saw my old bench work you would understand :doh:
Plus, I'm having a lot of pain in my hands, doc says it's arthritis but I think there's more to it than that (probably too much time on the internet). 
Anyway, I've gotten to the point that it's painful to swing a hammer or put in a screw. 

With this system you simply twist the twist-lock fasteners once everything is in and lined up and you're done. 
Not only that, it looks like a piece of furniture. 
Some guys have stained or painted theirs and it looked great in the photos. 
Mianne makes the pieces in 6 inch increments I believe. 
The frame is light weight but sturdy and each leg has an adjustable foot, the plywood top turns it into a solid unit. 
The entire bench work can be taken down, once whatever is on top is taken off. 
If I ever get tired of trains I can always use it for something else!!!

I got all mine at once, but you can order any amount you want and build it in stages. 
He seems pretty busy so if anyone wants to go this route it takes a couple of months.
You can send him a plan of your layout and he'll determine the pieces that you need.
Height is variable too.  Standard legs are 48", I had mine cut down to 35" because of the knee walls upstairs.

Again, it is pricey. 
I just happened to be in a good position at the moment to afford it (I was also having my small kitchen remodeled). 
I looked at it this way...don't buy any O scale engines or rolling stock for a year and put that $$$ towards the Mianne bench work.

Rick mentioned making a video.
Here's one I did of my MTH RailKing Imperial USRA 0-6-0 back in 2015 on Youtube:


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