Friday, March 11, 2011

Construction Begins.....

I've always been a very impatient person. Miniatures is no exception.

So here was the box (very large and heavy), sitting in my dining room just waiting to be opened.

Once open I sorted through 17 sheets of very rough splintery wood. I renumbered the sheets with a black marker because the perforated numbers are very hard to see.

I decided not to follow the instructions as they are. They called for window making and attachment as the first step. I like to do windows last because it makes it easier to wallpaper the interior. I would not suggest everyone do this, but because I have made houses before I just know that for me this is easier.

I decided not to stain the floors in the house. Mainly because the wood on all three floors are clearly different. Staining it would have created different coloured floors and that would be something that would drive me insane!! So I went ahead and sealed all the wood.

Before actual construction I made sure that I had my building permit on site. Don't want to get into trouble with the city. As well, made sure my fire extinguisher was on hand. With all the heat that is being created by all the sanding going on, better safe than sorry. Which brings me to sanding.....and sanding....and sanding.....I have come to the realization that there will be no end to the sanding. Once I think I have it all nice and smooth another splinter pops up. So there comes a point where I have to stop or I'm going to be sanding till there is nothing left.

This is day one of this project and I am already exhausted.....I mean just putting the body together you need to be a 8 armed was like a giant wooden pretzel. I had to get my mother to help me. There was glue everywhere....even on my arms.....MY ARMS !!!
I thought it was going to take a miracle to put this thing together, when suddenly everything just clicked. All the pieces snapped into place. And it was time to stop for the day. I'm exhausted.


  1. OMG LOVE the Building Permit! haha did Jeff have a spare? :)

    Looking good so far.

    What kind of tool do you use for sanding? Iz bought this at the retreat ... not sure if that would be helpful or not

  2. I love the building permit too! Crystal, great start!


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