Mikros Kosmos #8: Woah!

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Blog entry by tyskkvinna posted 07-13-2010 04:50 AM 1298 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started by assembling the window frames. I used little rubber bands, which works very well in this application. Thankfully I did not cut the mitres, so they actually fit. ;)

I let those dry for a day, or so.

So I worked on the wallpaper for the top… If you notice the lines, I had intended for the centre room to be a tiny bit bigger. and then I noticed that the margin for the paper was sooo close. So I just made the centre room 12” wide. That works.

Painted the outside pieces yellow!

Inside pieces became the same jacobean stain that the doors and stairs received.

While that dried I worked on assembling the roof. I cut off the excess paper and then got out the glue and tape. this was a bit of a pain.

The back part is actually made up of three pieces. I tape the long piece to the front, and gravity is holding it to the roof. I then lined up the short two pieces and just taped it all together. Not a lot of pressure was needed here – gravity works.

I then set forth and glued the windows in place. I did the outside frames, and then set the piece of “glass” (acrylic) on the inside.. and then the inside frame. The glass is not actually glued to anything, it floats.

Big difference eh!!

I have not really decided what to do about the front top piece…. I could paint it… but I’m not sure if I want it white. I am kind of thinking I don’t. We’ll see, I guess. I better make up my mind soon. :P I did not put the windows in that piece because I forgot to square it up and did not notice this until I tried to put it in. haha. It’s fine, I can do that in-situ with no problem.

Starting to look like a room eh? :) We’re getting there. I hate that floor so much. It looks ok in the photos but in person I find it really obvious that it’s paper.

The stair-room on the second storey. I did not think this through when I made my wallpaper choices – ha ha. I have to put moulding up, in between those tiny tiny stairs. I can fit my hand in the space – I had to pull some tape off.

The upstairs. I had a wee problem with the stairs on this floor, but we’ll cover that in another story… hahah….

I am going to make some wood trim, to cover all of the edges on the back. I am also going to cover the bare mdf on the little walls in the attic, they will match whatever trim I end up putting in there. I need to do some tricky tricky trim in here, mostly around the window.

And then, because sometimes building tiny houses is totally backwards, I began making the foundation.

So I will be attaching that “soon”. I am going to paint it before it goes in – I’d like to make it look like a real-ish foundation. Have not decided if it will be “concrete” or “brick”.

I am pleased. It feels like a house now. Just wait until I do the porch!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 07-13-2010 04:55 AM


Been following your progress and the doll house is really COOL!

But, I have to tell you, I really love your weathered outdoor decking.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-13-2010 05:02 AM

it’s all in the details .

coming together very nicely ,
you have a good eye .

bricks work for me ,
more in character for that era ,
for the ‘better’ homes .

-- 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 07-13-2010 08:44 AM

it deffently change the look when the windows arived ….congrat´s

and for your big working hands…...LOL…..take a look at some sites
about building a ship in a bottle …..then talk about small workplace….LOL
serius take a look and see the solution on there tools
and you can maybee use some dentisttools and then there is elektronic tweezers
(they are longer than normal)
you can also change some old screwdrives and open-ended spanners to sude your purpose

or simply use some of your fancy timber from your local lumber yard


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#4 posted 07-13-2010 11:35 AM

Everything looks great Lis and has come together very nicely. The doors and windows add a lot of authenticity to the look. As for the roof here is one idea of how to make wooden cedar-like shingles which I believe might work well on this house style.

1. Resaw a darkish piece on your bandsaw, about 1mm in thickness. The piece should be the width you want the length of your shingles to be. You can also use lighter wood and stain it gray for example.

2. You should have striations from the bandsaw after sawing. Now cut the piece up into lengths that will be the width of each shingle. Now you have a whole bunch of shingles. The striations make it look like real cedar shingles.

3. Shingles can’t just lay flat on the roof. They have to be slightly raised at the bottom end for the top end of the shingle under it to fit in under. This requires long ‘stringers’ (for a better word) which are glued parallel with the front/back of the house across the entire roof and spaced so that a shingle will contact the roof top on the top end and leave enough space for the the shingle below it to be inserted under it’s front end.

4. Lay the shingles so that the one on the rests on the seam between the two at the bottom.

Clear as mud? I so I will try to photograph a sketch if you need it or want it. Just let me know. my email server is down for the next few days so I’m not getting any email notifications for the time being, so I will just I check back on your blog tomorrow to see if you are interested.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-13-2010 12:48 PM

Really looks like it is going to plan. Great work.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 07-13-2010 12:57 PM

Looks like its coming together nice for you. Do your fingers get cramped working on all the tiny details?

-- Randon Riegsecker,

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#7 posted 07-13-2010 01:40 PM

Very nice work, glad you posted I never saw how those cute doll houses were made.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 07-13-2010 02:09 PM

This is so exciting seeing it come to life! I find myself smiling as I am reading the blog and looking at all the details and care you are putting into making this so beautiful! The windows are amazing! They make such a difference in making it look like a ‘home’. I am so glad you remember to take so many pictures of the steps along the way (I have a tendency when I get thick into a project to forget!)

Keep up the great work. I may have missed it somewhere, but are you going to leave the floor as is in the attic? You are right, it doesn’t look bad in the picture. Maybe a throw rug or rugs???

I love it Lis!


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

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#9 posted 07-13-2010 04:12 PM

I like your choices in wallpaper, it’s very rad.

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#10 posted 07-13-2010 04:18 PM

Mike – I’m a little fuzzy on the stringer concept. A sketch for that would be most helpful.

Sheila – I’m going to be making hardwood floors for the entire house. I have some wood en route that should be just perfect for it. It should also be, in theory, a fairly easy project to do. Cut to length, glue. I want to kind of age the floor, as I’d like it to look beat up and used, so I’ve been pondering that too. I obviously can’t use any spray finish for the floors, as they have to be finished inside of the house.

Today’s mission: determine how to make the brick surround for the foundation.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 07-13-2010 05:14 PM

Now I remember! I am sorry that I get fuzzy sometime. I know you were thinking about it, but I just didn’t remember what your final decision on it was.

Did you think of ‘pre-finishing’ the floor? Kind of like when you buy a pre-finished floor. You could do each plank before you install it. I think this may help you get to areas that are really tight. Then in the high traffic areas, you could kind of gently scuff or sand the finish a bit to look like foot traffic. Or dry brush a small amount of darker stain in those areas if you lay the floor before finishing. Just a thought . . . . . .

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

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#12 posted 07-13-2010 05:49 PM

Oooh stain is a great idea! I’ve been mulling over how to do this without too many brilliant ideas yet.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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

I just hope my grandaughter never sees this. I think it would be more work than the bed I built for her.

It is really looking good
Thanks for sharing


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#14 posted 07-13-2010 07:14 PM

Wow How great is this ? super work top to bottom.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#15 posted 07-13-2010 07:41 PM

Looking really good Lis…

If you don’t want to cut roof shingles yourself, you can buy real cedar shingles in miniature. I know…. I have a little experience with them here....


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