At eveleighcreations I can make special boards to fit confined spaces or to give your layout a stunning visual effect, using mathematical or free-form curves. I can make sets of rectangular boards, too, but my specialism is in complex geometrical designs.
My own layouts all tend to have interesting shapes. I think vary carefully about the visual effect I want to achieve. They nearly all have curved front edges, and Framsden is curved all around with the backscene and the fascia being composed of the same surface.
I sometimes arrive at the curves in the traditional way using flexible battens and adjusting until things look right. On Framsden the approach was entirely mathematical, typing formulae for ellipses, etc. into a computer graph plotting package and adjusting the shape by changing the numbers in the formulae. I also use spreadsheets to provide co'ordinates for setting out.
At right: Framsden - the whole thing forms a composite stressed skin structure with the laminated wrapper and the beams working together to provide the strength.
Elliptical plan view
Hyper-elliptical front elevation.
This is a new layout I am constructing. There will eventually be two boards, but initially the left hand two thirds of the right hand board will be a unit in its own right as I wish to enter this for a competition which has strict area limits - but I want it to form part of the final layout. This has required some careful planning.
The front of the boards form a simple curve. The backscene is curved at the corners and will have a uniform curve along the top edge, but initially with only a part of one of the boards being used for the competition the curved top edge would be a distraction.
In addition, the width limit of the competition doesn't quite match the width I need for the correct visual effect, so I have two different versions of the rear beam.