Coffee Table #3 Construction
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It had been almost 40 years since Coffee Table #3 was conceived, and now this state-of-the-art computerized N-scale layout is operational. Many of the original design concepts were so advanced that they could not be built with the technology available 40 years ago. But all of that changed in recent years. Coffee Table #3 was constructed with a wide variety of exciting and powerful off-the-shelf components, all housed in a unique one-of-a-kind table sculpture.
Designing and building the layout's trackage was by necessity the first major step of the construction process. That's because the layout's dimensions (length, width, and height) would be used to establish the coffee table's internal dimensions.
An equally important step in the construction process was the design, assembly, and testing of the layout's lift mechanism. This mechanism also had an impact on the coffee table's internal dimensions, so the mechanism was built very early in the project.
Scenery, electronics, wiring, and programming could be worked on after the furniture's dimensions were finalized. In fact, it was very desirable to construct much of the scenery after the table sculpture was finished. The table would have a uniquely sculptured form, and the scenery would be designed to complement that form.