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COTTAGE IN CONSTRUCTION

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I have brought a 12th scale model house out of moth balls I started to make in 1995 and has been on the shelf all that time, it is a generic house to show different element of what I can do but the most important criteria is it must look as realistic as possible. It will be made from allsorts of materials including mdf, some model makers frown on mdf but the material is very stable and does not show grain. If Chippendale had it in his day he would of certainly used it. If timber is on show then it will be of solid wood mainly oak. Below is a picture from a magazine from 1995 which gave me the inspiration for the house although now I am changing certain aspects mainly the roof shape.  

Cottage inspiration   looks like a derelict
Still waiting for the gardener! I may use some stones as they are quite interesting but will decide later. Solid oak boards individually laid to give an uneven look, fake nail holes yet to be added. Flag stones made from mdf and gone through three processes, joints yet to be filled in
Solid oak beams partly distressed, the forth beam back has yet to be processed with my wire wheel, I will treat them with a special formula which will oxidise the oak and make them black Beams upside down showing oxidisation
Beams in place with final finish (still wet)   I have decided to get planning permission and put an extension on the front as the original concept had to be kept small I can now make it what size I like
Building control would have a fit Extended base complete and oak wall plate in place My special formula oxidising the oak, it will get a lot darker than this before it dries
I have decided to make part of the roof  a cruck frame construction, this is of course made from solid oak and draw dowelled

I had trouble making the thatch realistic as you can see to the left so I will try to thatch it properly!!!!

I think it is the only way

cruck frame oxidising nicely    
I have made the hinges out of steel and will distress them with a special metal chemical. the hinge in the background is a test I actually had to make a real door just like this for a client, I used 500 year old oak from a reclamation yard. here I used new oak and did the usual treatment but has come out ok

 

STAIR CONSTRUCTION

Call me bonkers if you like but I decided to make the staircase like I would a real one so I routed out the strings and the newel post for the winders, I wasn't going to wedge the treads and risers in but had to in the end because it made it easier to glue together. The only difference in glue the model from a real staircase is I had to glue in the treads first then the risers. This has taken 13 hours to make!. If scaled up to full size this stair case would conform to building regs on the rise and going.

     
  showing the wedges and handle on the door Over all view so far
 

Flag stones with filled joints

FIRE PLACE

Fire place mdf from mdf I have used burr oak for the hearth which happened to have a slit already Side view

 

 

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