Amusing tiny back-story: I have received more than one piece of “hate mail” from persons who feel I do not do “real” woodworking because I do most of my work on CNC. Now, I don’t particularly care if anybody wants to call what I do “woodworking” or not – this is a fight I’ve fought for too many years, in many genres. (I embrace technology. A lot of artists feel this is killing art as a whole and as such, I should never be deemed an artist. Whatever.)
Anyway, more than one of these persons suggested to me that I wouldn’t know my way around a handsaw if it cut my foot off, or something. Apparently using modern tech means that we are clueless on other things. This is not true. What is true is that I only use hand tools when a power tool just won’t do. They can be extremely handy.
Probably one of my favourite items in my tool box. I like it because it is very heavy – I’ve tried some cheap plastic ones and they just feel flimsy. I do not fear that with this beast, my line will move when I apply pressure to mark it. It stays put. I love it.
what I’m doing here is marking lines for the wallpaper. A couple of the rooms have different wallpaper on the top and bottom, divided by a piece of moulding. I measured up 3.1” from the floor line, to get as close as I reasonably can to 38”. I couldn’t find my calipers, though I did look for them to use those and make it exactly 3.1”. ;) Of course I did…
I spent most of my day wallpapering everything. I didn’t get photos of that, for whatever reason. You’ll just have to see it when I do the next step. After I was done I was playing with some other pieces of paper I set aside. I had a plan!
The wood is from a previous kit, I think… it’s a U-shape stair rail sort of deal. As it happens, it fits perfectly between the piece of glass and cardboard. I decided it needs to become a frame.
That little saw is just my favourite saw ever. I love that I can easily angle it and when I get to cutting, it just zips along. Not sure what it says about me that I do my sawing in my bedroom though… (It’s the only space I really have for this right now, so.)
This is the pieces cut and taped together. One of the things I do like about working this small is blue tape works way better than clamps. There are three cross braces (one under the tape) and two edge pieces. I briefly considered framing all four edges with the wood, but the reason I chose this piece of glass was the unique markings on the edges. This keeps it stable – and the pattern under the glass – while still allowing the original purpose to peek through.
I know that I got a little glue-happy. It is a brand-new bottle of Titebond and it turns out, it’s a bit runnier than bottles that have been left open absentmindedly for months at a time. ;)
This is the other side of it. Do you know what the glass is? I like the pattern I used for under the glass. It’s ridiculously cheerful, busy and works in the scale quite well.
I need to figure out legs for it. I have more of both types of wee lumber that I used. And maybe, just maybe after tomorrow I’ll be able to make some. We’ll see. I have another tool project I’m working on. Sheila has been helping me out quite a bit – THANK YOU! – and if Sears decides to help me out, I’ll have something tomorrow. I like the idea of having my own ridiculously small sawmill. :D
So – anybody have ideas for legs? I’m all ears. I do not have the ability to turn things. (wish I did. Sooooooooooooooon?)
That’s the table top glass. :D
I like re-purposing things, especially for my dollhouse. I get a lot of odds and ends from work that are perfect for “something cool”. I have a rather large collection of various slide plates – several dozen – and they are all waiting. I have plans for every single pane, so they will see use for quite some time. You can also see in that picture I have some plastic samples.. actually have a lot of plastic samples.. which will become a large part of the decor, perhaps. I may keep most of them for the next house, that I build from scratch, because it is going to be much more modern.
We shall see.