Question x posted to uk.models.rail and rec.models.railroad
I am making an HO American outline model. Having read up on various ways
of making roadbed I am now experimenting with cork.
I have purchased some cork tiles from B&Q (Home Depot on the US) I have
managed to get a semi 'production line', using a paper trimmer, to make
strips 20mm (just over 3/8") wide. This approx. half the width required
for a single road and is what I've seen suggested 
The problem I now have is how to make some sort of 'production line' to
make the shoulders (1 side of each strip) to roughly 45 degrees so that
I do not use too much ballast.
I have considered trying to lay the cork first them shape it, but I know
from previous experience it will always be in most difficult places to
reach and so would like to do as much 'on the bench' as possible
I have considered (but not yet tried) using my bench grinder and running
each strip *lightly* down the smoothest side but don't know whether this
would clog up the grinder too much or would cause the cork to burn too
easily (I did say lightly!!)
Does anyone else have any suggestions?
 2 x 20 mm strip have the advantage that you can just draw a centre
line, lay one alongside it, then lay the second to that. It is also
easier to bend than anything thicker would be.
- posted 16 years ago