HO Scale Furniture Build #3: Shelf number 2

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Blog entry by OttoH posted 06-27-2010 05:00 AM 4130 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I built a jig to hold the shelves in place so I could glue up the sides and back without having the shelves shift or twist. It took me all of 2 minutes to make the jig on my band saw, which includes the set up time. Since the wood I am using and the blade on my band saw are both 1/16th it works out great.

I used yellow wood glue to put the shelf together, because of the simple jig I am using I now have the extra time to position everything just right and not worry about holding it together until it dries. The shelf has not been stained yet, but I will do that tomorrow afternoon after I clean it up (isn’t it amazing how much a macro lens will show).

Here are the dimensions of the 1/87th scale shelf:
6 ft tall – 21mm – 0.83 inch
3.5 ft wide – 12mm – 0.48 inch
2 ft deep bottom – 7mm – 0.28 inch
1.5 ft deep top – 5mm – 0.21 inch

Since I am feeling good about the shelf I shall conquer the bed next. Only one question, how do you stuff a mattress for someone that is 0.83 inches tall?

Shelf 2 Front

Shelf 2 Side

And here is the quick jig to hold it all together

Shelf 2 Jig

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#1 posted 06-27-2010 05:09 AM

cottonball? :)

I’ve done some pretty tiny sewing for my 1:12 houses. Can’t imagine making a 1:87 mattress…

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#2 posted 06-27-2010 05:39 AM

That’s great work.
When are you going to try N-Scale (1:160)?

Just kidding.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#3 posted 06-27-2010 05:46 AM

Very slowly Otto….very slowly

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 06-27-2010 09:36 AM

Cotton wool seems favourite, Otto.

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

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#5 posted 06-27-2010 01:56 PM

Okay CoolDavion, I know you said “Just Kidding” but I can see where this is going, try N you can do it 1 inch N only equals 0.00625 inches. Wait why stop at N scale when there is Z scale or 1/220 lets see 1 inch there equals 0.00455 inches.

No, I believe I was insane to take on the “friendly wager” to build functional HO scale furniture, if I were to continue I might end up a bit crazier than Steve over at Woodworking For Mere Mortals. (No offense Steve, but you are a nut)

And for stuffing the matress, do you think I could get a dozen matresses from a cotton ball?

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#6 posted 06-27-2010 02:46 PM

I seem to notice a resemblance between you and SteveM. I think you need to start video taping these conversations you must be having with yourself about this challenge.

If you roll down a smooth layer of yellow glue, and then sprinkle sawdust on top of it, you can make wall to wall carpeting for your new bedroom.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 06-27-2010 03:00 PM

Ooh, Steve, wall to wall carpeting out of sawdust what a concept. But wait, that would mean that I need a room to put everything in, I didn’t sign up for that, but should I go the extra mile? Do they sell drywall in 0.00625 inch thicknesses?

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