Mikros Kosmos #11: I like shiny floors.

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Blog entry by tyskkvinna posted 07-22-2010 04:20 AM 1568 reads 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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By the way, I’m happy to be back. :-)

It’s true. I like my hardwood floors very shiny, with a glass-like surface.

So—the floors were all glued in through the whole house. They were, however, a wee bit uneven. There’s some slight variance in the planks – we’re talking less than 1/16”. Just enough to be OBVIOUS in such a tiny scale. So I got some sandpaper and used a little sanding block (which was a piece of purpleheart, haha, just what I had available) and also busted out my tiny plane. I love this little plane. It’s perfect for what I’m doing here. Between the plane, and the sanding, I got it “really really close” to being flat.

So I brought out the shellac. This is what the floor looks like now, after 8 coats of shellac. I expect to do 15-20.

The whole main floor. As soon as I finish the shellac here, I will do the trim and then add the beam supports. I want to be able to fit my hands around the room for the trim, though, so one thing at a time.

The upstairs!

You can kind of see that the bathroom on the right also has floor. So does the stair room on the left. I ultimately opted to not put hardwood in the centre room. The door swing was just too much. So, I am going to put a carpet in there I think. I need to find something that I like.

It is amazing what the shellac has done. Some of the different grains on this have just exploded, it’s beautiful. In particular a couple of the planks are padauk and just sing. The quartersawn oak looks awesome too. The edges of all the boards have gotten a little darker, but I like the effect.

Getting my hand around the stairs in that tiny room was a pain. :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 07-22-2010 04:30 AM

wow lis ,

that really brings out the beauty in this .

it is coming alive ,
now i understand why you don’t want little people in there ,

they make messes ,
and don’t clean them up (LOL) !

-- 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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#2 posted 07-22-2010 04:36 AM

Wow! very shiny floors. Welcome back. If it is 15-20 times coating… meaning you have to mix 15 times also. I have no experience on shellac. Is it necessary to mix just the right amount? Can you still use the previous mixture? I like to try it.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 07-22-2010 04:43 AM

Good to have you back ! Very nice floor.
This is going to be a remarkable little house.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 07-22-2010 04:51 AM

Very nice flooring job! Looks really good in the photos. I am curious as to whether you’re expecting to conduct ball room dancing classes on those floors or what? Why so many additional coats of shellac? The house is coming along nicely—Keep on keeping on!

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#5 posted 07-22-2010 06:28 AM

My first thought was, plane a floor? They make sanding machines for that kind of work! Then I remembered you are doing a doll house. Laughed about the first impression I had.

This has to be the best dollhouse I’ve ever watched being built. Definitely a labor of love. Very nice work.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#6 posted 07-22-2010 08:05 AM

Welcome back Lis, glad to see you around again but please accept my condolences on your loss. Don’t you wish you can find the guy in “Honey I shrunk the kids” and use his machine to shrink yourself to fit into this lovely home? Good work there and I know what 15-20 coats will look like, I put 12 coats on a jewelery box I made back in the early 70s and the shine was lustrous and deep. I’ll have to dig the box out and take some pixes of it and post it.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 07-22-2010 10:36 AM

MY – O – MY
it looks great
welcome back Lis


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#8 posted 07-22-2010 10:54 AM

It is really coming along well. By the time you are done you could go get your contractors license.

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#9 posted 07-22-2010 12:06 PM

Your floors look great Lis. I’m sorry i haven’t gotten back to you on the shingle thing yet, but I will soon.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 07-22-2010 12:53 PM

Those floors look kick arse! Sweet idea. It is the first time I’ve ever seen real hardwood floors in a dollhouse…pretty remarkable.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#11 posted 07-22-2010 02:06 PM

Thanks for these posts. This is just fantastic.
The pictures send me somewhere else, to a different world. I just want to walk around in there.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 07-22-2010 02:22 PM

Beautiful floors, Lis. Almost ballroom finish.

Good to see you back, hope all went well.

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

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#13 posted 07-22-2010 02:33 PM

watching you build this is fun and makes me want to build one

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#14 posted 07-22-2010 03:18 PM

It is coming along quite well.
Good to see your back.

Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#15 posted 07-22-2010 03:37 PM

I mixed up just a little yesterday and used it for the 8 coats. (Which is many coats, but not a lot of shellac—not a lot of square footage here. ;) ) I will probably mix up 2 or 3 more batches.

I do want a ballroom finish, basically. Right now if you run your fingers over the floor it still feels like many pieces of wood. I want it to ultimately have a single, smooth finish and have people look at it and wonder if that really is separate pieces of wood or if I managed to get a solid piece that looked like that. I’ve already had people look at it and ask me if I stained pieces of wood different colours before applying them in, and if so, how did I keep the colour through sanding?!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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