Mikros Kosmos #4: Glue!!

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This was a fun part of the project.. gluing the skeleton together. I think you all can appreciate this – it has to be glued entirely together, in structure, while the glue is still wet. If I did the left and right walls and had them out of square, the front might not fit. I actually kind of hate this setup – I’ve done other houses where you can slowly build your way up.

Also, this mdf is not the sturdiest stuff in the world… I thought about busting out my bessie clamps but decided this may be too much force. So, blue tape it is! :)

And the front! yay! I kept it laying like this overnight to let gravity help things along properly.

I checked it out this morning. Was happy to see that it looks pretty sturdy, and square. Woot. I also placed the little divider walls in this morning and was happy to see everything looks “right”.

I’m also happy to see that it looks like I didn’t get any major dripping from the titebond. It was a little runny, again.. and got kind of goopy.

Later today I will take the blue tape off. I had a couple of spots where the tape ended up going directly over some exposed glue, but I think it was all on the bottom.

so that’s that. It’s a little weird that it goes so quickly from a pile of wood pieces to a shape of a house, although I did do a lot of work before assembly.

The floors have this stupid, ugly “hardwood floor”.... it’s a paper veneer with lines milled in it. Disgusting. The grain is even supposed to be some kind of maple I think, but it’s “real size”, lol.

I did not apply anything to the ceiling side of the floor. I am thinking of doing some kind of copper/tin ceiling. Other ideas of some applied ceilings (rather than painting, popcorn, etc) would be great.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 1480 days ago

You’re doing good and you have more patience than I have.

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#2 posted 1480 days ago

Lis, I’d just go for a plain old matt white emulsion paint for the ceilings. Goes with so many things. Good to see the walls up, progress, yah!

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

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#3 posted 1480 days ago

Looks like it’s progressing nicely. Is the house to scale? I thought most of them were, but i haven’t built to many doll houses….. cause i’m a guy. I did have Castle Greyskull as a kid, which is similar to a doll house, but Skelator was always trying to get in, lucky He-man and Battlecat were around to stop him. Don’t even get me started on Beastman, he was such a knucklehead…....

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#4 posted 1480 days ago

very nice , lis ,

good to see the progress as it happens ,
and what you are doing as you wait ,
for your shop and tools to come on-line .

wait till you get to build one in real ,
working inside , and walking around in it ,
is such a great feeling !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 1480 days ago

Scotty- yep, it is 1:12 scale. so one foot IRL = 1 inch in the dollhouse.

Thanks all!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#6 posted 1480 days ago

Cool, how many sq-ft is it, haha j/k. My niece has one very similar to this but she hasn’t been a very good tenant and it needs to be “remodeled/repaired”. She won’t be getting her deposit back,haha. Yours looks very nice.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#7 posted 1479 days ago

It looks great! I can only think that if I were doing it I would probably wake up in the morning with one or more of my cats sleeping in it with the walls caved in! They love ‘projects’ and think I make everything for them!

I can imagine that squaring it up was a major milestone! The rest should be easy! (right?) I like the idea of copper or tin ceilings. That would be cool-o-licious! I am loving this project and seeing your progress. Thanks for the great pictures and letting us see it come to life with you!


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 1479 days ago

I’m with scrollgirl. I would try to find some stamped tin for the ceilings. I think that would be pretty cool.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#9 posted 1479 days ago

Yours is just so much quicker than mine…I’m trying to put together the real thing! Looks like fun!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#10 posted 1479 days ago

This is now becoming interesting. I can imagine how a real house is built as David and Div said. Having experienced in making the house even such scaled ones shows a lot of patience and skills. Most of all,

-- Bert

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#11 posted 1479 days ago

Lis, by the way loving the elephant in the background of the last shot.

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

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#12 posted 1479 days ago

Lis were you thinking just a flat plan peice of copper or maybe you could put a hammered finished to the copper


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#13 posted 1479 days ago

Great to see it in construction mode Lis, I look forward to seeing it all decked out with furnishings.

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

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#14 posted 1479 days ago

How about real wood veneer floors? Maybe have to cut it into strips and rework to make ‘planks’. I am trying to picture what the 1:12 grain pattern would be like. I have some really tight grain quatersawn maple veneer that would probably pass the scale test.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 1479 days ago

Veneer is exactly what I plan to do. :) I was kind of hoping to cut the veneer myself but it appears my scrollsaw is not up to the task and I can’t afford a small bandsaw right now, so I guess it’s going to wait a while.

Thanks Martyn! My grandfather made that for my mother when she was a baby. It’s one of my favourite things. :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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