I tried to come up with a way to cantilever the valance so that the front view would not be obstructed. But I was not happy with any of the cantilever schemes I came up with. So I decided to add posts to the corners of each section. My wife and neighbor took at look at it and gave it a thumbs up. They did not find the posts too distracting. Once they are painted and the layout lighted from inside the valance, I think they will disappear.
I was pleasantly surprised to note how strong the valance with the posts turned out. They should hold up fine in shows. But I wouldn't pick up the layout just from the valance.
Under the layout, I added Tee nuts and bolts so that the sections can screw together without clamps. Two more necessary tasks remaining under the layout are to add some diagonal braces to the legs so they don't wobble and to add adjusting Tee nuts to the leg bottoms. These come in handy if the floor at the exhibition location is uneven (it usually is).
|Half inch lumber serves as valance posts at the corner of each section.|
|A closer view of the posts with a box car and paper structure mock-up for perspective. The valance panels are |
not secured yet, they are just clamped on.
|The narrow sections (18 inches wide) still have plenty of room for scenery. A good backdrop will be important.|