DS Shirley came over today for a few minutes to pick up some things I had for her and I showed her the work to date on the miniature shop. I was quite thrilled when she looked at it and asked if the doors opened! The magic of illusion in miniature!
I need a new camera! The pictures look good on the camera screen but too often they're not clear when I download them and usually by then I'm several steps along in the project and can't retake them.
|This is the wall piece of matboard where the rack will go.|
|I cut a piece of 1/16" thick basswood for the back of the rack (slightly smaller than the wall) then cut two side pieces from 1/4" basswood stripwood 3/32" thick. Then I rounded the top ends of the side pieces.|
TIP: LEGO blocks are one of the best tools you can have when you're working with right angles. Although I didn't use them for the spacing between the shelves in this particular piece, they are particularly wonderful for that also. They not only keep shelves equidistant, they keep them level. And because they're plastic, dried glue peels away from them.
|The sides glues in place on the back.|
|The bottom shelf glued in place on the back. It's made of the same stripwood as the sides.|
In order to try to match the finish on the ready-made pieces, the paint I used is Apple Barrel by Plaid Gloss white acrylic indoor/outdoor paint.
(Pause for a sanding with brown paper and a second coat of paint....)
TIP: I hit the jackpot on our field trip to the Show and Sale in Kelowna a few years ago when we stopped at a $ store and I found several bottles of Americana Duraclear matte, gloss and satin varnishes so I have a good stash of those and when this gloss white runs out (which will be soon), I have a good selection of finishes on hand.
BUT (and here's the tip from my dear friend Cheryl H. in Nova Scotia), if you want a gloss finish to your paint - mix your paint with white glue that dries clear (such as Aleene's Tacky or Weldbond) in proportions of about 1/4 or 1/3 glue to 3/4 or 2/3 paint. The combination will give you a gloss finish from the glue in the paint.
That done, I added a row of Christmas cards from my stash to the top shelf then glued the rack to the wall cover that will go on the lower left hand wall by the front door.
Glued in place on the wall to the left of the door at the front of the roombox.