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Modular Buildings overhanging table - Any foreseeable issues?

I've currently got my modulars on two IKEA Linnmon tables arranged in an L shape. Annoyingly, the tables are two studs shy of three 32x32 baseplates in depth, so in order to fit three baseplates on I'm planning on pulling one of the tables away from the wall by about 1cm and pushing the row of modulars (currently four plus the Sanctum Sanctorum, but there is room for one more) back so that they overhang the back of the table by two studs.
Now, I'm not expecting there to be any issues with this, but before I make it permanent are there any potential problems that I should take into account? I guess I'm just being paranoid that I'm opening myself up to damaging something, even though I don't see how (yet!)


  • HugeYellowBrickHugeYellowBrick Member Posts: 496
    Someone walking past gets their clothing caught in a join, and pulls them all onto the floor.

    Do you have a cat?
  • Th1nDieselTh1nDiesel Member Posts: 591
    edited September 2018
    Nope, no cat (and never likely to be!). Snagging clothes is not going to be an issue, since the door to the room opens inwards preventing people from walking past the side of the table and since the modulars are at the back they won't be knocked by anyone near the front of the table. My main concern is the baseplates being bent over time due to the overhang, but I don't see that there is much weight on them.
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    I imagine more damage could be done by the table being hit from the front, knocking the back buildings into the wall. So can't you just run a 2cm or similar piece of wood along the back of the table, even held with just double sided tape. That way there is no gap.

  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross Member Posts: 1,672
    If it's not crucial to keep the tables untouched, could you tack/panel pin some moulding or beading (flat edge up) to the back edge of the table for support?

  • akunthitaakunthita Member Posts: 1,038
    Bending of the baseplates is almost certainly going to happen. I have a similar arrangement, so I thought to share. I bought a piece of thick cardboard/poster board and cut it to the width to fit under the baseplates. Basically, giving the baseplates support at the overhang. You can use any sturdy sheet of material for this, as long as it is strong enough to support weight where the overhang is; cardboard, plastic, wood laminate, metal sheet, etc. If it's a thin material, you won't even notice it under the baseplates. Especially if it is the same color as either the table or the baseplates themselves. My surface is white, so I used white cardboard. Hope this helps some.   
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,217
    edited September 2018
    I'd be inclinded to put a lip around the table, or get a piece of plywood and cut it to overlay the table.  Nobody would notice that the plywood is two studs girthier than the support table.
  • Th1nDieselTh1nDiesel Member Posts: 591
    Some good ideas here; thanks for all of your input.

    The table is also used for building so I dont really want to be covering the whole thing with plywood or card. Creating a lip at the back seems like the best idea as this will stop the table moving towards the wall and also support the overhanging baseplates.

    However, I've been having a play around this afternoon and running at a depth of three baseplates puts anything built on them perilously close to the edge, especially as my plan is to (eventually!) have buildings either side of a road. So I may go with my original plan to run the layout with a depth of two 32x32 and one 32x24 baseplate, giving me some breathing room at the edge of the table. This does mean that I may have to create my own roads using 32x24 baseplates and tiles, especially if I want to put modulars on either side.

    Any other suggestions?
  • dmcc0dmcc0 Member Posts: 778
    Brick-built roads? Then they can be as wide as you want/need
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,217
    Although they have to be a certain width to accommodate the very expensive cars that will be jam packed in the City...
  • natro220natro220 Member Posts: 545

  • Th1nDieselTh1nDiesel Member Posts: 591
    dmcc0 said:
    Brick-built roads? Then they can be as wide as you want/need
    Yes, this is one option I'm currently considering, though I'm concerned that it could get expensive!

    Other options include creating my own roads by printing onto card or buying cheap, own brand road plates and cutting them down to size. 
  • natro220natro220 Member Posts: 545
    I used brick built roads in places pre made road baseplates didn’t work for me. They transition to the road plates beyond the sections of modulars. I happened to have a ton of dark bley around from deconstructed Star Wars sets, but still bought around 1000 1x6 bricks.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,217
    Personally, I don't like the brick-built roads.  They're too shinny.  The stud portion of the 'official' roadplates also makes widening the sidewalk and extending the curbs easy.

    (But they are expensive and I still have a crapload of intersection plates.)
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Member Posts: 5,446
    I’m forever bumping my shins on those brick built roads ;-)
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross Member Posts: 1,672
    SumoLego said:
    Personally, I don't like the brick-built roads.  They're too shinny.  The stud portion of the 'official' roadplates also makes widening the sidewalk and extending the curbs easy.

    (But they are expensive and I still have a crapload of intersection plates.)
    ...looking for the positives, there is a big plus in the cross-roads!
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,217
    I just banish them to a city outside of Detroit.
  • FauchFauch Member Posts: 2,662
    and a big minus in the straight ones.
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,779
    edited September 2018
    And a big "union" in two corner pieces placed together facing up...

    I've taken too much calculus....
  • sid3windrsid3windr Member Posts: 1,460
    I've got a few Linnmons myself next to eachother and also ended up with 1 to 3 studs overhang. Nothing bad has happened so far :-)
  • BrikingBriking Member Posts: 768
    8x16 tiles make a decent road (though obviously no markings).
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