Friday, February 27, 2009

Next Western Building

Rather than another Lap Sided building I branched out into using the stir sticks glued to card stock for quick wall, with a smooth interior wall surface for either wall paper or painting. Object of this building was to see how quickly I could lay it out and get it done. Time was roughly about 2 hours. Windows and doors were cut with a dremel drill, then trimmed with additional wood to give more detail. Roof is shingled with individual cut and glued wood shingles. The cowboys are 25mm figs for scale. The grass Matt is made the same way as my Desert Matt but before the Kel Seal was allowed to dry I dumped flocking on about an inch thick and used a stone rolling pin to mash it into the KS, left to dry over night, the excess was brushed off. When all of the Matt was done, I soaked it with diluted pva glue and left the Matt under a ceiling fan over night.

Here is the back side of the same building. I cut the card stock with a Paper Cutter after measuring and drawing the size of each piece so that the coffee stir sticks would not fail to cover the height of the walls nor fail to cover the front to back sides. I cut the doors and windows with an exacto blade so that it would allow the dremel drill to cut through wood without lots of paper fuzz clogging the drill edge.

Contact cement over the card stock in swipes from front to back, apply some coffee stir sticks, repeat till the entire side of the card stock was layered with sticks. Place it paper side down on wax paper, place another piece of wax paper over the sticks, finally place an heavy book on top of it all to press the sticks down into the contact cement and leave for an hour. I trimmed a tiny slice off the inside card stock on the front and back wall sections so that the side walls would inset slightly for gluing. Next I need to raise the building on floor piece and it will then , when set in place be up on a rock foundation with front porch and awning added, perhaps a stair step or 2 down for the back door. The next building will probably be in the style called Board and Batt, which has the boards perpendicular to the ground and where they meet a thin board covers the seam running up and down as a simple form of caulking to seal cracks when the boards finally dried and shrank, no kiln dried lumber back then..

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