FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Where are the cam lock holes located?
A: The cam lock hole is located on the top & bottom of the table. You can cover the top hole if you need to.
Q: What type of wood does Kam Konnect® use for the construction of modular tables?
A: Laminated Baltic Birch. Sides are 13 ply and the Module End Pieces are 26 ply.
Q: How many legs are required for each table?
A: The first modular table requires four to 5 legs - each subsequent table requires two to three legs. (Depending on if your starter is a corner mod or straight mod)
Q: How long are the table legs?
A: Our standard legs are 34-1/2" long. When attached to the tables, the table stands 36" tall. We can also make custom leg lengths. Lengths beyond our standard may require additional bracing.
Q: Do you have removable bridge module?
A: Yes, Kam Konnect has developed a "Drop-in Bridge" module. It is not hinged, but a few have added that feature.
Q: Does Kam Konnect® create custom tables?
A: Yes, We can customize the length of modules to make your layout fit where it need to. We will be happy to assist you in figuring out the right combination of lengths for your application. We can create custom MEPs for connecting those strange places that sometimes need an offset. There is an additional artwork fee for that. We also do other custom work.
Q: What kind of tool turns the kam inside the table?
A: Our cams work with a 5/16th allen wrench.
Q: Is there a plywood base that the 1/2 " foam sits on or is it an open cavity and the foam is supported by a couple of slats?
A: There is a solid 1/4" plywood supporting the foam board, not slats. The plywood is mortised into all four sides of the table for support. When the table is assembled plywood is glued into mortised channels and then the two side rails and Module End Pieces (MEP's) are glued and screwed together. Joists are installed on larger (wider) tables for additional support. Here's a link to the Wiring Section on KamKonnect's website. You'll see the underside of tables along with support plywood, rails, and MEPs.
Q: What material is the top made from. . . plywood, foam, etc? How thick is the top?
A: The material "on top" shown in our Model Railroader ads and in our Kam Konnect® website is 1/2" thick foam insulation board.
Q: How do KamKonnect® products accommodate modelers that want to create 3-Dimensional layouts (canyons, wharfs, ponds, rivers)?
A: Our custom shop can create "Drop Down Tables" to allow for multiple levels of modeling.
Q: How do you assemble the wiring underneath the tables?
A: To connect a wire harness from table to table, a simple trailer hitch plug joins electrical power down the line. But you can certainly use any suitable connector. It is up to the modeler.
Q: Which scales of trains does KamKonnect® accommodate?
A: Kam Konnect modular tables systems work with all sizes of trains (Z up to G)
Q: Do legs come with T-Nuts for use with leveling bolts?
A: Yes. There is a T-Nut inserted into the bottom of the legs. However we insert the T-Nut into the leg just a bit so that if you choose not to use a leveling bolt, the T-Nut does not touch the floor. This way you can use our legs on wooden floors and avoid scratching from metal T-Nuts. We also offer a felt foot that will insert into the leg.
Q: How deep will the T-Handle reach? Are extensions available?
A: The handle is a good four inches long... or you can operate from below the table. The hole for operating the cam is accessible from the top or bottom of the MEP (Module End Piece). The cam is rotated by a 5/16" hex tool. If you need a special length tool, a good metal craftsman can fashion one for you.
Q: Would I be able to cut down a KamKonnect® module to a smaller size without damaging structural integrity?
A: Yes and No. If you choose to cut down a table you will destroy the structural integrity of the table. The tables are manufactured with all joints being glued. This helps the table to resist warping and bowing along any axis. Yes you can do it if you feel comfortable doing such, but it will void any kind of warranty. Just give us a call and we would be happy to quote you on a table that will look and last much better.
Q: Do Module End Pieces have the same dimensions as Dress End Caps?
A: No. An MEP is 1.4 inches narrower than the module as the side rails attach to the outside of the MEP. It is just a "part" in the table. Dress End Caps are used to make the table look finished. "I don't want to see the dowels, or dowel holes, or cam(s), or cam holes." It's a thought provoking fix to finish off a table. Projects are never finished, however for a while, in a home, museum, or other fine environment, the tables can look finished. When the project continues, you can purchase more tables and the Dress End Caps can be applied to the new "End of the Line". Dress End Caps can also be used to adapt an existing layout to the KamKonnect system! If that is a possibility, then give us a call to work out your situation.
Q: How do shipping costs figure in to the overall price of purchasing Kam Konnect® tables?
A: Packaging and handling is part of the price of the table. We pass on the cost of the shipping to you without markup. However, keep in mind that any table over 30 x 48 increases the cost of shipping dramatically as it falls into an oversize box. Larger tables are not a problem if they are shipped via pallet freight generally with an order of 6 or more tables. Click here for shipping details.
Q: Which sides of the Kam Konnect® modules hook together?
A: We move in a Left to Right fashion with the Kam locks. If you start with a rectangle module, the Female should be on the LEFT side and the Male should be on the RIGHT side. If you add a corner module (99% of all corner modules are Right Corner Modules) then the FEMALE will receive the MALE from the rectangle table. Once the corner has been made (90 degree), the corner module male will engage the next module.
When choosing the size of your tables, the first dimension is the connection width. The second is the length. This makes a 24 x 48 inch table totally different than 48 x 24 as the connection side of the latter is 48" wide! However, those two tables would cost the same to ship! For even more detail about table orientation, click here.
Q: Does Kam Konnect® build tables with plywood tops?
A: No. Not anymore. Due to the increasing difficulty to find ply with consistent dimensions, it just became too time consuming to realign our equipment to accommodate this option. It also increases the weight of the module which nullifies the original concept of a lightweight table!
Q: How much weight can the foam core tables support versus the birch plywood?
A: Obviously, plywood will be harder than the foam materials used and the weight concern would not be an issue. In the beginning, there was some concern about the weight of these scales collapsing the foam. Since then, we have had clients place the O & G scales on it with no known issues. If it is still a concern, a card stock weight paper can be placed under the track to help distribute the weight. Certainly, 1/8 or 14 inch ply can be attached to the top of the tables to achieve the plywood top.
Also, KamKonnect was designed to be a lightweight modular system. Every time something dense is added, that increases the weight!