Archives for: "May 2017"

Watson Mill - first floor plan

by brae  

Ok, so I rummaged through my stash of furnishings and kits and played with the layout.  Keli had suggested moving the micro mill to the back, but that unfortunately creates a dead space in the front to keep the view clear. I have a large corner hutch… more »

Watson Mill - lighting plan

by brae  

I can see the end of dry fitting in the not-so-distant future, so I need to address the lighting plan.  One of my weaknesses is new old stock lighting.  I often rewire or use for parts.  I also tend to buy interesting lighting even when I have no firm… more »

Watson Mill - landscaping base

by brae  

It might seem strange to start the landscaping with the mill in dry fit, but this will help me visualize how the mill will look in the end.  I want a relatively steep landscape for the mill, considering the base board is 20" square.  I built up three… more »

Watson Mill - cutting holes

by brae  

Time to cut the window, door and ceiling openings.  I started with the simplest of the openings -- straight cuts.  I centered the lower front window under the windshaft and positioned it relative to the circle library for balance.   I cut the opening… more »

Watson Mill - circle library, part 5

by brae  

Continuing work on the circle library.  Since the plywood wall would stain different from the basswood and veneer, I needed to cover it.  That's why I wasn't especially careful in marking it up during the rest of the construction.  To make custom… more »

Watson Mill - circle library, part 4

by brae  

Continuing work on the circle library.  With the ladder moved to the front wall, I now have 8 3/4" of library wall space not including the two vertical end boards that will close it on the sides.  I marked the final position of the center circle.  This… more »

Watson Mill - circle library, part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on the circle library.  The wood veneer buckled on the outer surfaces of the circle supports.  I didn't have enough to redo both circles, so I redid only the smaller one.  I hope once the books are in place it won't show.  I also will… more »

Walnut Bay Light - vintage photo

by brae  

I finally gave FotoSketcher a try - it's a software a Greenleaf forum member showed us not too long ago.  You can make drawings, paintings, etc. from your regular photos.  I took a photo of Walnut Bay Light and played with the settings.  I love the… more »

Mod Flowers rug - restart

by brae  

I often restart needlework projects, and the Mod Flowers rug has fallen into that category.  I worried about the outcome when the iron on transfer spread as much as it did, but I didn't listen to my inner voice. I completed roughly 12 hours of stitching… more »

Early Summer Sale

by brae  

I'm having an Early Summer Sale in my etsy shop through May 31, 2017.  Use coupon code OTTERINESHIPFREE for free U.S. shipping on orders of $20 and up.  I am also offering a $4 discount on international shipping on orders of $20 and up, but you'll have… more »

Watson Mill - circle library, part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the circle library.   I added more cardboard around the circle supports to increase the depth to 3/4" since I determined my 5/8" depth was too narrow for the books I've been making.  I was able to use the existing supports since they… more »

The Scale Cabinetmaker

by brae  

The Scale Cabinetmaker was a periodical printed from 1976 - 1996 on fine miniature making.  I've perused the occasional volume here and there, but there are 80 issues in total so collecting them one at a time seemed rather daunting.  You can find them… more »

Watson Mill - Vintage Lundby and pulleys

by brae  

I've been mainly working on books behind the scenes, though no more are fully assembled beyond what I did last time.  I've been doing batches of each part of the process in the evenings so I can then have a few marathon assembly sessions. :D I borrowed… more »

Watson Mill - Books

by brae  

I drew the circle library with tall shelves, but I want to make sure this will look good before spending the time on construction.  I also want to make sure I build in enough depth to the shelves for realistic books.  To that end, I need to have my… more »

Citroën DS19 1/16 - part 3

by brae  

After applying putty to even out the body panels and letting the Citroën DS19 sit for a few days, I came to the realization that I don't need this kind of stress.  pffft.  If there's one thing I do well, it's making junkers. So, let's have some fun and… more »

Watson Mill - more on layouts

by brae  

I liked the dumbwaiter so much, I wanted it closer to the circle library so it could be more easily photographed.  I can't swap it with the ladder, since there would be no adjacent floor upstairs to step onto from the ladder.  This, my friends, is why… more »

What'd you call me?

by brae  

A dumbwaiter, that's what.  :D  As I mentioned previously, Gustav will have only a ladder leading to the upper room, so it would be cumbersome for him to bring up late night milk and cookies while maintaining safe practices on the ladder.  I rigged up a… more »