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Old 30-01-2015, 02:59 PM
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Yay - the crofter's cottage kit arrived today, together with the tiny nameplate I ordered for it - FirePlace Cottage. The cottage is to house my elderly couple who used to live in the fireplace. I have a lolly-stick bedroom floor ready to put in, and a flagstoned kitchen floor - they need trimming to fit the specific room shapes but I know they are big enough because they were actually made to fit a much larger house, which has been put on the backburner for a while. Mr & Mrs Plumstead (who were going to live in the partly done house) can stay in their current home for a while longer; they won't mind, I think they're quite comfortable in there

Over the weekend I can construct the cottage. This is going to be fun!

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Old 31-01-2015, 07:30 AM
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That sounds exciting so looking forward to see it.
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Old 31-01-2015, 09:09 AM
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What a charming name for your new cottage, I'm pleased your lovely old couple will have a new home soon. As I'm still looking for a building to be my'ideal' cottage I'm looking forward to seeing this.
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Old 31-01-2015, 08:24 PM
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ooh have fun with the build!..it helps to have a story behind it as you go along..
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The shell is together and I've finished the sawing and first sanding of the table, benches and chair for the kitchen. I should be able to get the furniture stained today. I'm also aiming to make a faux plank & bridge door with very basic frame (to the theoretical extension that houses the bathroom) today, and I want to make cross pieces for the roof windows which come as two large panes. A typical crofter's cottage would have had multiple small panes in each frame; a large sheet of glass would have been expensive.

I have to say I'm very impressed with the quality of the kit insofar as it all fits together beautifully. The only bit I'm uncertain of is the banisters. I like the open plan stairs themselves, but the banisters are cut as one piece out of mdf and form part of the structure of the property. Very clunky looking, although I do know that my people wouldn't have had posh ones (if any at all). Also, no acrylic was included for the windows, but luckily I have some.

What I might do is put a very thin panel of wood either side of the mdf on one banister (I have some 1/16" obeche, and also some very fine hardwoods) so that it looks like a panelled wall and then ask the engineer in the house to take a look and tell me the best places to cut the other one out altogether. Then, out with the trusty dremel! I bought new circular saw blades last week and used with the flexishaft the smallest size is very controllable and a doddle to work with!

I think I could replace the banister with a rope grab rail, which would look far more authentic.

I ran horribly short of time because one of our dogs had to go to the emergency vet and that took all morning. She goes back on Monday for X-rays and probably major surgery later next week if it's feasible.


I just wondered - anyone got any ideas at all for how to make a pot-belly stove (with opening door so I can put some "fire" in there)?

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Old 01-02-2015, 07:40 AM
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I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the cottage.

Best of luck with those banisters.

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Old 01-02-2015, 08:39 AM
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This sounds so exciting. Looking forward to seeing pictures. I am afraid I chickened out of makng my 12 th scale pot bellied stove and bought one. But I am not sure I have seen other scales. What about small cabinet door knobs of the appropriate shape . Not sure how you make an opening door though.

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I took the banisters out (those new circular saw discs are brilliant!) but have left the upstairs rail affair (which serves as a low wall for the part floor upstairs. I'll veneer that with 1/16th obeche and stain it like the rest of the woodwork will be.

I'll take some pics once I've sanded down the areas I chopped off

I decided I'll do a post-and-rope banister but I'll have to make that. I have some good perle #3 cotton (slightly shiny) so it would make a good rope if I braided it.
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Here are two pics - one showing the cottage so far, and one showing where I yanked out the offending bannisters. The stairs are supplied as open plan and the risers attach to the bit I left in place with the treads resting on top.

I'm going to panel & stain the bit intended as a guard rail for the sleeping area, but leave it at the height it now is. It should blend in because I'll use the same stain as for the stairs etc.
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But next is my favourite thing - carry on with the kitchen furniture


The cutting really isn't wonky - it's just the way the light fell in the pic!!
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Here are two pics - one showing the cottage so far, and one showing where I yanked out the offending bannisters. The stairs are supplied as open plan and the risers attach to the bit I left in place with the treads resting on top.

I'm going to panel & stain the bit intended as a guard rail for the sleeping area, but leave it at the height it now is. It should blend in because I'll use the same stain as for the stairs etc.
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But next is my favourite thing - carry on with the kitchen furniture


The cutting really isn't wonky - it's just the way the light fell in the pic!!
Looking good! Have you seen my album of the crofters cottage I am (still) building from scratch? May give you some ideas for stairs etc....
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