With Easter weekend having just came, I didn’t get to work as much as I would have liked to on this build, but there was a few new defining moments here and the taverns is actually and finally taking shape.
Store front pieces, assembled.
In my first picture today (above) you can see I have assembled the three individual panels that make up the storefront. Why are there three? Because the door, or middle piece, sits at roughly a 45 degrre angle between the two other pieces. These panels are actually made up of two seperate laser cut wood sheets with a printed acetate ‘glass’ (with signage) sandwiched in between. The ‘back’ sheet was painted with aeresol Roof Brown, the same as the building trim and the top sheet was painted with the lighter color and sponge technique I demonstrated in earlier posts for this build.
Even though this is a close-up picture, take in mind that there was a flash involved, so the gray primer shows up a bit more distinctly. I think this is a good example of how well this weathering technique actually works out and really lends to the illusion that Saulenas’ has been around for a while.
Squaring up walls.
Sorry that this second picture isn’t as in focus as I would have liked it to be (I’m using my Droid phone camera), but here you get an idea of my squaring rig process. I bought these ‘cheap’ (and I mean cheap) clamps via MircoMark, and while they do indeed get the job done, they can be a little tricky to work with at times. So patience is really the key here.
Even though this picture shows all four walls up, I really assembled them one at a time, allowing the white glue (applied with a toothpick) to dry thouroughly before I went on to the next one. Yeah, it took some extra time, but here is where a slow pace really works out. When it was all said and done, all my walls matched up very well and ended up both square and straight. I scheduled this assembly around day to day chores, meaning after I put up the second wall, I went to the gym for an hour, came home, unloaded the dishwasher. When the third wall went up, I took my dog out for a walk and started a load of laundry. The worst thing in my opinion (and experience) is trying to assemble all four walls in one sitting….the glue isn’t set up enough, corners get offset, fingerprints show up, etc. Since the walls are the largest piece of most structures, and are the basis for all other details and fits, it’s really important to get it right the first time. So what if it takes a few hours, or even two days? It’s worth it.
My third picture (below), is just another viewing perspective on how the walls are assembled. Not much to make note here, other than you can make out the large cut-out out on the first floor where my store front (picture 1) will reside, and a keen eye might let you see the curtains (an old cut up shirt) placed on the interior.
3/4 angle view.
My final picture today shows off the inserted store front and the start of the second story stand-out.
Store front applied.
While this step wasn’t necessarily hard, it did take a few test fittings and subtle modifications. The panels were just a hair too snug to fit in place on the first go, so a little filing with fine sandpaper helped me to shave off less than 1mm. I did both end pieces first, with the angled door panel last. Again, the camera flash makes for a slightly exaggerated gap between the short store front panel and the door, but once more details and weathering is added, you won’t notice this as much.
I also have a clamp holding on 1 small panel that extends out to form one half of the second floor room. Next, I’ll be adding the second part of this and the roof base. Because the stairs are delicate, I will wait to assemble those last.
To be continued…..