Mikros Kosmos #12: It's the, er, little things.

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Blog entry by tyskkvinna posted 07-23-2010 05:18 AM 1338 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was going to work on some exterior stuff today, but, uh, it was raining pretty hard all day. Now it isn’t like I needed to work outside on the house, but I was going to spray paint the trim pieces which was going to require being outside. I don’t like it when the indoors smells like spray paint ..

So I sat on the porch and spent a few minutes staining these, and then let them dry. Fortunately it doesn’t take long for this to dry. These planks are leftover from a previous dollhouse, I think. Don’t remember which one … They’re some kind of SPF and I’m pretty sure the planks actually have different KINDS of wood in them because there’s dramatic colour differences post staining. they actually, if you look REALLY closely, have tiny little finger joints. This super cool detail (At the right scale, no less!) is why I opted to use these instead of ripping my own.

This was kind of tricky. Especially since – I forgot to mention this – I sanded and applied more shellac. The floors have now had something like 18 or 19 coats. (Forget) It’s starting to have that ballroom finish feel to it, which is exactly what I wanted. And I’m impatient so I did the trim while the shellac was still drying, haha! Could not touch it. :)

Put down some “carpet” which I did not document.. because it was pretty straightforward and boring. Since the floor area in this room is done, I went ahead and put the floor trim down.

I took the tape off. Look! Looks so much like a room! :) The door trim is now glued in. The door actually mounts from the outside, and is not glued in yet. It’s just sitting there, positioned in place with a little blue tape on the other side. But I needed to be sure that the door trim was in place, before I put the middle trim in, or things would never fit right. It’s AMAZING how much more “finished” the room feels now!!

Just wait until I do the ceiling. :D

Which, I cut some pieces for today but have yet to come up with a plan. I cut out pieces of mahogany and cherry. Totally ridiculous for ceiling beams but hey, I have padauk, cherry, oak and purpleheart on the floors. Ridiculous works.

This was fun, I tell you what. Did not finish—the day was closing in towards the end, and I’m not sure I can do the corner pieces behind the stairs without touching the (still sticky) floor.

A big view.

And today’s progress was brought to us all by MY NEW TOOL:


I saw one at the hardware store yesterday and almost got it (and then almost got a tiny hacksaw, haha, but bought neither in the end.) but it was awfully big for what I’m doing. I love my coping saw, but it’s also kind of large and top heavy, which makes cutting this little stuff very uncomfortable. Same with my (standard size) hacksaw.

So when I was at Home Depot (for totally non woodworking purposes! I promise!) I got very excited that they had this little dude just hanging out, looking all unassuming. I was a little concerned because it was labelled a “detail/flush cut saw” and the flush saw I saw yesterday was very, very bendy. This certainly has a bend to it but it’s very easy to keep it going whichever way you want it to. And it was $12, so I can’t complain.

Everything went so fast!! If I had this when I was cutting the floor it would have turned out a LOT better. I know now, eh?

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 07-23-2010 05:35 AM

moving right along here , lis ,

great work ,

and you have a good eye for details and design ,

now you need to get a miniature contractors license ,
one you can carry on your key chain (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 07-23-2010 05:54 AM

great progress you have done so fast :-)
realy starts looking good


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#3 posted 07-23-2010 06:08 AM

David wants rain,
Lis doesnt want rain,
So Rain rain go away from, Lis
So Rain rain come again another day, David.

Lis, you really devout your time in this. Great progress..
Careful with that pull saw, I got one and the teeth are very brittle, it just snap easily. I have mine broken 4 teeth.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 07-23-2010 11:36 AM

My goodness this looks amazing!!! What beautiful, detailing and finishing. You have done an incredible amount of work in such a short time! I love you new little pullsaw too. I was wondering what you were going to use on that delicate little trim that wouldn’t eat it alive. Everything is so nice. I love waking up and seeing you have posted a new entry. It really gets me revved up and inspired. Thanks so much for sharing. It is wonderful so far!


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

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#5 posted 07-23-2010 04:32 PM

That’s looking good!

-- My reality check bounced...

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#6 posted 07-23-2010 04:50 PM

Sheila – I have been using a box knife! Which does work but oompth, it takes a lot of work especially on the hardwoods. The pull saw does a good job—I have to cut the pieces approximately the width of the saw, too long. And then just scrape it clean with the knife, or rub or it on a bit of sandpaper. Works really well. Two little pulls and these tiny pieces are cut. Zoom zoom…!

I may never use a push-saw again, haha ha ha!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#7 posted 07-23-2010 05:29 PM

This is great cool details nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 07-23-2010 06:34 PM

Congrats on your new tool, Lis.

Your progress is amazing.

Finger joints in wood so small ! Thats real detail.

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

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#9 posted 07-24-2010 01:47 AM

Oh Boy Lis, The colors you picked for the living room matched exactly the colors of our dining room when we purchased our house except the lower part was a dark burgundy and the upper part above the chair rail was same shade of hot pink except plain. Needless to say that room was the first to get painted over to tone it down. I’ll admit the colors are more fitting for a doll house! I showed this to my wife and first thing she said, “Eew”, and looked some more and when she realized what it was she said ok. I’m not putting down the colors but just sharing our experiences.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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