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Blog series by tyskkvinna updated 08-29-2010 04:18 AM 20 parts 28917 reads 295 comments total

Part 1: And it begins.

06-30-2010 05:12 AM by tyskkvinna | 14 comments »

Okay all. Time for something a little bit different. This story has a preface: When I was wee, I kept to myself. I was not particularly interested in playing with other children, though I did have some friends. I had a series of autoimmune disorders that kept me occupied (and often still do). I was allowed to have any books I wanted. While I did my fair share of reading of young adult literature (Nancy Drew!) my favourite thing – and thing I asked for most – were things abou...

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Part 2: The biggest pieces, the littlest pieces.

07-01-2010 05:36 AM by tyskkvinna | 8 comments »

I wanted to get started, which means I had to paint the outside of the house. This IS a step that could wait until later – but as I am using spray paint, it didn’t seem so logical. That’s after 2 coats of primer! This MDF is very thirsty. I ended up doing 5… and then a coat of paint. (not pictured) So I tackled the little wood pieces while that dried. I didn’t get a before picture because I totally spaced it. Pictured is: 2 Interior Doors1 Ext...

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Part 3: Hey look, handtools...

07-05-2010 05:33 AM by tyskkvinna | 33 comments »

Amusing tiny back-story: I have received more than one piece of “hate mail” from persons who feel I do not do “real” woodworking because I do most of my work on CNC. Now, I don’t particularly care if anybody wants to call what I do “woodworking” or not – this is a fight I’ve fought for too many years, in many genres. (I embrace technology. A lot of artists feel this is killing art as a whole and as such, I should never be deemed an artist....

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Part 4: Glue!!

07-06-2010 04:28 PM by tyskkvinna | 29 comments »

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...

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Part 5: Let the sawing begin

07-10-2010 05:18 AM by tyskkvinna | 22 comments »

A big part of what I want to do in this house is build as much as possible by myself. Because of the size of what I am doing, I need very small lumber. You can buy wood the right size but it gets silly expensive for what you’re getting and…. I have a lot of scrap wood. I had a scrollsaw. It was very old – not sure how old, but the Craftsman manual I found on the internet was pretty impressive in its old-ness. I figured out how to swap the blade, and found a blade (which I...

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Part 6: In which I resaw every piece of scrap I have...

07-11-2010 01:55 AM by tyskkvinna | 10 comments »

I found out this morning that my local Ace Hardware sells Olson band saw blades. Since I’ve heard extremely good things about Olson scroll saw blades, I figured it’d be worth my $10 to give it a shot. In the store, I saw they had a 1/8” and a 1/4”. The larger is a “6 hook” and the smaller is a “14 hook”. I bought both, “just in case”, and I installed the 1/8” blade. OH! MY! !!! !! !! !!!!!!!!!!! So THIS is what a band...

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Part 7: Stairs! Walls! Doors!

07-11-2010 03:43 PM by tyskkvinna | 19 comments »

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. ...

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Part 8: Woah!

07-13-2010 04:50 AM by tyskkvinna | 17 comments »

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 t...

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Part 9: The sawmill is up and running....

07-14-2010 05:09 AM by tyskkvinna | 13 comments »

I got a very pleasant surprise today! I do not know if the person who sent it wants to be ID’d or not – but thank you. :) These pieces were all planed to 1/8” and had a destiny waiting for them… Halfway there. Can you guess? In addition to the wood I received today (I did not cut it all!!) I also used a few pieces of 1/8” exotic I had, which was waiting for just this project. Thought you’d get a kick out of this. I’m sure you all are...

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Part 10: And they say the outside doesn't count

07-15-2010 05:24 AM by tyskkvinna | 14 comments »

I was actually going to work on other things today, but I ended up having a really rough day and wanted something quiet to focus on. So I shifted gears and worked on the tiny house a little bit, though I opted to not work on the saw. (At least not until later—but that’s another story) After some heavy debate, I painted these pieces yellow. And these pieces red. I put a lot of debate into that, actually, and whether I should just paint the big pieces or do somethin...

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Part 11: I like shiny floors.

07-22-2010 04:20 AM by tyskkvinna | 31 comments »

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...

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Part 12: It's the, er, little things.

07-23-2010 05:18 AM by tyskkvinna | 9 comments »

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 pre...

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Part 13: One room done...

07-24-2010 04:40 PM by tyskkvinna | 8 comments »

Pretty small update today. I worked on this for quite a while last night, actually, but progress was slow. It was a lot of measuring and re-measuring. I mentioned the other day that I cut up a bunch of cherry and mahogany. I still forgot to take a photo of the lot. Ooops. The cherry was salvaged, from a shipping pallet. I have used some pieces of it for my “tiny art” series wall hangings. I had a plank of it with me, that was ready to go for more engraving (It even had one side...

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Part 14: I've always wanted a ceiling like that.

07-25-2010 05:10 AM by tyskkvinna | 8 comments »

I finished out the stair-room today. Oopmh, that was a lot of wood in such a tiny room! I couldn’t find a mirror, but when I do, I will take a photo behind the stairs pointing up. The trim goes all the way around, on all four levels, even though only dust bunnies will be able to see it. I couldn’t let it be unfinished. The pattern on the ceiling is very big, but also very non-invasive. It’s pale blue and white, which evokes the feeling of the sky. I’ve done i...

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Part 15: Not quite ready for a bath

07-30-2010 06:01 AM by tyskkvinna | 21 comments »

I made a bathtub. This was a chunk of mystery wood. I cut it down to size and milled out the interior. I painted the interior white. I played around with veneer. I’ve never used this before… not sure how I feel about it – would perhaps be nicer to work with on larger materials and/or blocks without tub holes in them.. lol I used some purpleheart for trim. I’m going to do some fancy trim to this.. not quite sure what. But it’s far from done. I thi...

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Part 16: Tedium

08-01-2010 05:26 PM by tyskkvinna | 8 comments »

Where we left off: I mentioned putting the epoxy on the main floor, and here it is. It looks great! :) It’s hard to convey in photos, but the wood really shimmers. I think the combination of shellac + epoxy was absolutely perfect. I think if I had just put epoxy on it, it wouldn’t have the same feel. The padauk in particular really shines – it has a lot of figure. It also bleeds, as you can see in the corner there. I don’t mind (and there’s nothing I c...

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Part 17: A little update.

08-03-2010 06:06 AM by tyskkvinna | 3 comments »

this is what the table looks like un-taped. I also added the inlay which I think ties it into the rest of the house really well. I have to say, there is something about the balance between modern and the traditional. This is what it looks like from above. So what I did to the sink was spray it with satin nickle paint and then clear gloss. It gives an interesting look when it is finished, I think. I like it. I encountered a minor problem with the doors upstairs. The epoxy I po...

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Part 18: Another tiny update

08-04-2010 02:10 AM by tyskkvinna | 5 comments »

Today I took off the tape holding the table to the wall, and a little bit of the wallpaper came with it! Ooops! Fortunately I was already kicking around a plan for what to do there. I had these little mirrors, and I was going to use one of them anyway. But I had already been kind of pondering how to make it look like it wasn’t an afterthought.. So this was just perfect. Unfortunately I didn’t think it through too much because I didn’t know what I was going to use for the...

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Part 19: And we're back

08-28-2010 02:55 PM by tyskkvinna | 13 comments »

Hey everybody! Haven’t been able to make any progress on this project lately, due to lots of travelling and then the work backlash that happens after lots of travelling.. Last night I had some time avaiable and decided to work on this. I am using simple balsa wood for the frame of this. There’s no reason to use anything heavier. So, I glued together the base frame and then glued some heavy cardboard to it. I considered using wood for the bottom, since traditionally pl...

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Part 20: My first dovetails!

08-29-2010 04:18 AM by tyskkvinna | 10 comments »

So the discussion in my last blog really got me thinking and for whatever reason this evening I decided to give dovetails a shot. I’ve never done any sort of locking joinery before… in fact I’ve only even tried mitred joints a few times without all that much luck. I figured it out. This is 3/32×1/8 balsa wood. It was just two scrap pieces I thought I’d see if I could actually do it. Determining that, in fact, I could, I set about making the drawers. ...

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