Mikros Kosmos #7: Stairs! Walls! Doors!

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Blog entry by tyskkvinna posted 07-11-2010 03:43 PM 1748 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I did not take photos of the assembly process for the stair railing because… it was driving me crazy. It basically involved lots of fussing with tiny pieces wood at an angle while I swore a lot in German at the stairs.

But I figured it out. I glued the spindles to the railing and the railing to the posts, the posts to the floor. I did not glue the spindles to the stairs – it is unnecessary in this application and the glue too delicate to look good without getting goopy.

In the background you can clearly see another house I built.. this is its new neighbour. :) I am building a significantly smaller house this time.

And I glued the two interior walls in. Checked them repeatedly for square and then just left them alone. No really handy way to tape them/clamp them but they were pretty snug in there, because I did everything right when I set up the walls on the outside! :)

Starting to look like a house! Amazing what a difference a few walls can make. I was worried it might seem a bit crowded on the second storey, but it feels very comfortable. I’m happy I split the walls up like this.

Last step for the night – gluing in the doors. One of the doors lost a pin in it before I stained it, so I had to re-make the pin before gluing the door frame in. Rummaged around a little bit and found a piece of copper wire just the right size, cut a bit to fit and stuck it through the frame and door. It is “floating” – I didn’t glue the wire in anywhere and the frames are only glued in on the top three sides.

Took some of the tape off this morning to just see what it was looking like. Really looks like something now! :)

The bathtub, btw, is just sitting in there for scale – I wanted to make sure a bathtub could comfortably bit.

I am not sure what the next step will be….... I need to put wallpaper on the attic walls. And then I need to assemble all of the windows. The interior frames will be stained, the exterior will be painted. And I need to put “glass” in the tiny windows above the front door. (The front door is just sitting there, it is not glued in yet)

Need to make a kitchen layout design…. it is going against the green wall downstairs. Not quite sure about it yet, but I think it will involve a mix of dark wood and light wood.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 07-11-2010 03:52 PM

Hopefully the stair railings don’t understand German so they didn’t know you were swearing at them! They probably weren’t offended at all!

It’s really coming together nicely. It is quite satisfying taking the necessary time and steps to do things right in the beginning. The ripple effect of how things go together later is somewhat of a delayed sense of satisfaction for putting in the extra effort. In the long run, you probably saved loads of time and aggravation.

The windows sound fun. It will really look great with them all in. I can’t wait. Thanks for the great documentation.

On a side bar – I love your serger sewing machine. I have one just like it. Somehow it doesn’t surprise me that you sew too! :)

Have a great Sunday! Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 07-11-2010 04:00 PM

hope you get a BIG shop soon ,
it looks like you are making a whole town ?

now it really looks like progress ,
can you make some ‘people’ on the cnc ?
or is that to complicated ?

-- 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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#3 posted 07-11-2010 04:44 PM

The funny thing about the serger is that it is almost the right scale to be part of the house! I got really confused for a minute – I had to make sure I knew where the table stopped. Nice work on the house! Where do you find tiny drawer guides for the cabinets? Do tiny dishes go in the cabinets?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 07-11-2010 04:53 PM

I love my serger! :)

Strangely enough I do not like to put people in my houses…..

Steve – this is a picture inside of the Big House. You can see the dining room has all of the utensils, glasses, plates, etc! :) My craftsman skills have gotten a LOT better since I made that, so hopefully this one will be a lot better looking… but you get the idea.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#5 posted 07-11-2010 05:04 PM

Oh my – that is impressive!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 07-11-2010 05:25 PM

Great work, you must have lots of patience. Keep posting I like it a lot.

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#7 posted 07-11-2010 06:37 PM

now you are moving
looking good sofare

thankĀ“s Lis


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#8 posted 07-11-2010 07:20 PM

Jeesy Peezy. That is so cool. What a creative mind you have.

Thanks for the inspiration,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 07-11-2010 07:40 PM

Really looks great. I couldn’t do that type of work. What do you do with these houses? Do they get sold, put on display, given away,???

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

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#10 posted 07-11-2010 07:45 PM

Do you make the furniture from scratch? I had no idea utensils could be made so small and i thought my inlaws cake forks were small. Absolutely amazing project.

-- You hold onto friends by keeping your heart a little softer than your head

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#11 posted 07-11-2010 07:52 PM

Interesting work Lis. Very nice job too. I can imagine that it is just like building a full size house but just smaller. You still have to put the window casing, baseboard, crown molding in just the same. Did you also make the table & chairs?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#12 posted 07-11-2010 08:01 PM

This looks so good Lis maybe it will inspire me to make a miniature workshop. Wait! I already have one!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 07-11-2010 08:04 PM

I did not make the furniture in the picture… that was before I got interested in making it myself.. or rather before I realised I COULD. I did make the table setting stuff though. I got one sample of each and then did the rest. Glass is another hobby of mine, and it’s pretty easy to do tiny.

I have given some of them away, donated to libraries to put on display. I’ve never sold one but I’ve had a lot of people tell me I should. My local Woodcraft wants me to bring in photos when I finish this latest one, with contact information because they think some of their customers would be interested in my tiny skills.

Unsurprisingly I really want to make one that has a little workshop in it… not this one though, not enough space!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#14 posted 07-11-2010 08:33 PM

This is great progress, Lis. I wouldn’t worry about swearing over the stairs, adds a touch of realism, builders do it all the time. Well I do anyway.

Your dining room is beautiful. Will there be some of your own (made) furniture in the new house?

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

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#15 posted 07-11-2010 08:35 PM

Lis, it is looking good, and thanks for posting the previous house, it is impressive. Looking forward to what you create for this one.

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

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