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Blog entry by Justdoit posted 02-05-2009 04:11 AM 619 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

My first blog was a “challenge” to you all to choose from three seperate projects which to report on next…I “learned”, at lumberjocks, ALL projects carry equal interest :-)...although, at least a few of you actually told me the model house was a “little more” of interest…

I just posted a few more pictures I found of this project and will “hopefully” be able to tell a little about why I “built it” and where that project has led me to…

Many of you describe having relatively small shop areas and that was one of the factors for me as well…I would have had NO WAY of building a full size, approximately 20’x25’ two story garage workshop building when I started this model so 1 inch to 1 foot scale worked out great…Plus, the plan was to “teach myself” the basics of house building, so if/when I “screwed up” very little material was wasted…(actually, ALL the wood that went into this model I “found” in the trash behind a cabinet shop in Virginia Beach, where we were living at the time)...It still amazes me this business would routinely “throw away” dozens of nice, straight pieces of wood – two, three four foot 1×4s and 1×6s…Oh well, their loss my gain!

By the time I started this project I had collected several books on “full size” house building, framing, Architectural details, and general carpentry so this was just as much an attempt to “learn” full size skills while building what I hoped would be a “neat model”...

When I pulled this project out from the attic ( a few weeks ago) to take a few more pictures and try to formuate a descripton of it’s construction one thing that still amazes me is the sheer number of parts – when I added up the number of studs, joists, sub and finish flooring, rafters, siding, individual “simulated cedar shake shingles, porch framing and railings, windows and shutters…there are over 3000 pieces in this project…all stilling holding together (after almost 20 years) with good old Elmers yellow wood glue…often applied with a toothpick…

Lord knows how many hundreds of hours I spent on this thing…at the time of it’s construction I wa on active duty in the Navy so I guess, if nothing else, I must have watched a whole lot less TV…as I’m typing this entry, the “house” is on a desk beside my computer table…I guess If “wood could talk” it’s probably proud to be getting written about…unlike some of you I don’t make a business out of my woodworking, and I guess a model house isn’t something that’s really practical…but I have to admit I “think” I learned a great deal about this kind of construction and I’m sure I’ve put those skills to practice on other projects that were full size…

Guess this provides a bit more detail, on this particular project…will close for now…and take a look at a few more of what all you guys have been working on…

-- Mike



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#1 posted 02-26-2009 06:52 PM

isn’t it wonderful to hear the the stuff behind a project.
thanks for sharing.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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