Archives for: February 2014

I'm in!

by brae  

I just used some of my winnings to order the 2014 Creatin' Contest Starting Point Garage kit. Hmm...what will it be? Not to worry - work on The Brownstone will not cease.  Since I will have a better head start this year, I can plan accordingly.  :] more »

The Brownstone - front door, part 4 - completed

by brae  

Completed work on the front door. I cut two sides and a top to form the recess. This mimics the kit construction with taller boards. more »

The Brownstone - new boards

by brae  

I'm not using the original kit side walls since they were too small after my alterations to the interior layout and one was severely warped.  The original kit floors are going to someone whose kit was missing those pieces so they won't go to waste.  I'v… more »

Puppy want to go for a ride?!!!

by brae  

I bought this lovely Australian Shepherd dog from micksculptures724 on eBay awhile ago but put off showing him on the blog.  I posted about my lovely *Reve* animals in the beginning, and now I can't afford them anymore due to their popularity.  :O But,… more »

The Brownstone - the entrance and front steps, part 10

by brae  

Continuing work on the entrance and front steps.  Now that the gate has been built and set aside for spray-painting weather, I was able to glue the side walls to the stairs.  I used Weldbond and super glue gel. more »

The Brownstone - front door, part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on the front door.  I painted the door surround black followed with a satin varnish.   I thought the original Black Plum by Americana was too brown, so I covered the door with two thin coats of Black Cherry by Folk Art.  The Black Cherry… more »

Monkey see, monkey acquire

by brae  

Sharee featured her beautiful Bodo Hennig sewing machine last fall, and while it had been on my wish list already, seeing hers sent me on the search for one.  The retail price is hefty, though I'm not saying it isn't worth it.  It's a beautiful item, bu… more »

The Brownstone - security gate, part 1

by brae  

Before I could put the front steps together, I needed to address security for the lower level entrance.  :D  Wrought iron gates seem to be the norm, but my metalworking in miniature skill set isn't quite there yet.  Maybe someday.... more »

The Brownstone - the entrance and front steps, part 9

by brae  

Continuing work on the entrance and front steps.  I cut two pieces of balsa to finish each of the tops.  I would have used basswood, but I didn't have any 1/8" thick and this is the hardest sheet of balsa I've ever seen.  :O  You can't bruise it with yo… more »

The Brownstone - the entrance and front steps, part 8

by brae  

Continuing work on the entrance and front steps.  After the base coat of Fawn by Americana had dried, it was time to start adding color washes and glazes to add some dimension.  I mixed Mississippi Mud with Staining Medium, both by Americana, and dotted… more »

Walnut Bay Light - Second Place Winner in the 2013 Creatin' Contest

by brae  

Walnut Bay Light has taken second place in the 2013 Creatin' Contest hosted by HBS!  :D more »

The Brownstone - front door, part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the front door. Now that the frame has been constructed, it's time to add the 1/16" x 1/16" trim to keep drafts out. This also serves as the door stop to keep the door from swinging freely in and out. No more drafty door!   I use… more »

The Brownstone - the entrance and front steps, part 7

by brae  

Continuing work on the entrance and front steps.  My second arch turned out better, so I altered the first one.  My second wall also lined up better, so the two don't match.  I'm not going to redo them since you won't see them side by side...well...exce… more »

The Brownstone - front door, part 1

by brae  

I'm keeping the original kit door, but the instructions have you glue the door in place whereas I want a working door.  Houseworks doors are a different size than the kit door, so I couldn't use an existing frame on the kit door. The kit door has been… more »

The Brownstone - grid backer boards and filler pieces

by brae  

Now that I have my final timber layouts for the main facade and side addition front, and have had some time to consider the overall construction, I'm ready to cut my grid backer boards.  I bought a 30" x 48" sheet of 1/8" thick plywood from the local Wo… more »

The Brownstone - timber grid, part 3

by brae  

Since I plan to make the side addition in the same manner as the facade, I cut a foam core board mockup to configure the layout.  After having some time to consider the overall construction, I added 1/4" to the height of the facade, making the final mea… more »

The Brownstone - timber grid, part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the timber grid.  I cut away the vertical and horizontal pieces around the doorway.  I also removed the portion below the bay window line.   I cut the horizontal pieces up to the left side of where the bay window assembly will sit.  The to… more »

brae's guide to sanding grits

by brae  

A question came up about sanding and how to figure out which is the right sandpaper to use.  Here's a simplified guide to the main grits of sandpaper I use for building.  :D more »

The Brownstone - timber grid, part 1

by brae  

Ok, I need a break from egg carton stones.  :O  I don't mind straight bricking, but the arches wore me out enough to warrant a break. The kit comes with pre-cut notched pieces to make the facade trim work.  These measure 5/16" deep x 11/32" wide. I am n… more »

The Brownstone - the entrance and front steps, part 6

by brae  

Continuing work on the entrance and front steps.  My stones are 1" x 1/2" for ease of measuring.  This time, I did not clip the four corners, as I normally do for bricks.   The arch needed to be addressed first, so cut longer 1/2" wide pieces to wrap ar… more »

The Brownstone - the entrance and front steps, part 5

by brae  

Continuing work on the entrance and front steps.  The side walls will be covered with egg carton stones. more »

The Brownstone - interior plan

by brae  

Blondie mentioned something the other day that sent me way back into the blog archives.  I ran across this funny plan I made up for the Newport in Word using clipart.  :D  So, I made one for the Brownstone. Lower level: garage, utilities, creative room.… more »

The Brownstone - the entrance and front steps, part 4

by brae  

Continuing work on the entrance and front steps.  I made a new top step/front porch from plywood and basswood. I glued this in place on the top trim molding step, having marked the depth on the top of that piece previously.  Since this will be enclosed… more »

The Brownstone - the entrance and front steps, part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on the entrance and front steps.  I glued three of the original kit steps to the bottom of the assembly of eight trim molding steps. To make sure they were evenly spaced to match the top steps, I drew guidelines on the tops before gluin… more »

The Brownstone - color plan

by brae  

While I love the ice cream parlor colors of the kit photo, it's not really my style.  I do love Tudor design, but I'm not sure I'll ever get around to making an authentic Tudor build.  There's a beautiful house by my office that has more modern ranch li… more »