HO Scale Furniture Build #2: The Shelf (first attempt)

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Blog entry by OttoH posted 06-10-2010 02:57 AM 4005 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I spent two evenings making a shelf in 1/87th scale. It is 20 millimeters tall which is 5 ½ feet in HO scale. It is 5 ¼ mm deep at the bottom and 4 mm deep at the top and it is 8 ¾ mm wide. I first ripped a 5 ½ mm wide piece of 1/32nd thick basswood on my modified Scroll Saw (see the first blog entry in this series) for the sides and shelves. I then used an X-Acto knife and a metal hobby ruler to cut an 8 ¾ mm wide strip for the back.

I joined it together with the Gorilla Super Glue (thank you Martin) I got from the “Nothing New Except The Glue” contest yesterday. I put on a coat of Min Wax Dark Oak stain, and then put on some brown Tempera paint just before it dried to give it a distressed look.

I am not very happy with the outcome but I did learn a lot about making 1/87th scale pieces and have a few more miniature jigs to build to make the process easier. I will redo the shelf with what I have learned and once I have that perfected, I will move on to the bed. I am going to put off the dresser until the last because I am not looking forward to making those tiny working drawers!

Sorry for the blurry photos, my tripod is in need or repair.


Shelf first attempt

Shelf first attempt

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#1 posted 06-10-2010 03:10 AM

Looks like fun well done

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 06-10-2010 03:15 AM

Talk about stretching that lumber stash!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 06-10-2010 03:21 PM

Proper job, Otto. Looks like its got two admirers already.

You’re welcome to the super glue tip. Find something out, pass it on.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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