In starting the middle board, we decided that we really would get it started and that involved laying some cork to bring the track bed up to the height of the other boards. This is just 3mm cork tile from the DIY superstore. It’s also something that Erik could do, under supervision.
Having marked the right of way by placing the middle board between the outer ones and using a straight edge with a marker pen to draw across, the next job was to take the shine off the gloss paint. Erik did this on his own, sanding nicely between the lines and then wiping the dust off with damp kitchen towel.
It was left outside to dry for a while before he then spread a thin layer of PVA wood glue in the same area. Remember that, as this is the middle board of an oval double track layout, there were two quite large areas to deal with. A small decorating brush was used to spread the glue out.
As the cork tiles are 1′ square, it was an easy task to cut them to width and lay two strips in each space. I did the cutting and Erik did the laying, after which we weighted it all down with some bricks we had lying around in the garden. They needed a bit of a dust off first!
We also found that we had quiet a bit of squeeze out with the glue, so this needed to wiped off with a damp paper towel. Then it was simply a question of waiting for the glue to dry, which was going to take a while as we’d evidently been a little generous.
As with all jobs, there’s cleaning up and clearing away to do at the end, and I regard this to be very much part of the job itself. So Erik got the job of cleaning the glue out of his brush so that it could be used again.