Category: "Ivy Hollow, RFD Post Office - HBS Creatin' Contest 2019"

Ivy Hollow - screen door, part 6

by brae  

Continuing work on the screen door. As I've mentioned before, I write detailed measurements on my blog so I don't have to keep a written log somewhere else. Feel free to ignore the fractions. :D

I needed to build a new door frame to hold both the 5-panel traditional door and the screen door. The original frame from the Houseworks door was broken and had warped in storage, but beyond that, I also needed some added depth to accommodate both doors. With the hardware selected, I could measure the depth added by the door knob and its escutcheon (~7/32").

I measured the screen door and solid door together (~13/32"). Altogether, this means I need a minimum of 5/8" (20/32") in depth on the door frame. I also need to make sure there is enough room allowed so the screen door doesn't hit the door knob when closed. The most depth I've seen on ready-made components is 1/2" (16/32"). There are ways to mask the depth, which I will get to later.

On with the maths! I measured the solid door alone at 7/32".

The door with the door knob and escutcheon measures 7/16" (14/32").

To make things easier (on me) and more uniform in the end, I'm building the frame in layers instead of just using 5/8" wide boards. To accommodate the solid door and its exterior door knob and escutcheon, I used 1/2" x 1/4" basswood for the top and sides and 1/2" x 1/8" basswood for the bottom threshold. Using pin hinges, I drilled the appropriate holes for the solid door. The frame is built close around the door while allowing it to move freely.

I added strips of 1/4" x 1/16" basswood to create the stop, which keeps the doors from swinging freely and keeps the drafts out. The threshold trim is 1/4" x 1/32" for added realism in proportion.

I measured the screen door at 5/32".

I built up the next layer using 3/32" x 1/4" basswood around the sides and top.

I needed trim to finish the exterior surface and build up the final amount needed for the screen door. This I built in two layers from basswood. The first layer sits on top of the door frame and was made from 1/16" x 3/8" basswood around the sides and top.

The second layer is installed under the top trim and around the door frame. It pads the first frame and is made from 3/32" x 3/32" basswood.

The final depth of wall needed to accommodate my frame is now just over 1/2" - very manageable.

The final part of the threshold is 1/4" x 1/4" basswood sanded down to be flush with the exterior trim.

Even without the screen, this looks like a real door frame, don't you think?

Next up, painting the frame and adding hardware.

Ivy Hollow - door hardware

by brae  

While touring the Wade House Stagecoach Hotel in Greenbush, Wisconsin, I took some photos of door hardware that rather appealed to me - a simple door knob and keyhole.

On the other side, there's an inset lock box with the opposite door knob and keyhole.

I dug through my stash and took out a white door knob, a previously painted keyhole and a washer. I spray painted the keyhole and washer with flat black then finished with a satin sealer. I chose a white knob with a little wear so I wouldn't have to age it any further.

I also found a package of Houseworks door knob lock boxes. Since there were two, I tried to remove the door knob to see if I could make the door knobs match on either side of the door, but it damaged the casing. So, I was left to spray the lock box and lock plate the same flat black with a satin sealer.

I had to hand paint inside the keyhole since the spray didn't reach the inside.

Since the lock rail and the lock box are roughly the same height, I am opting to not inset the lock box for fear of making a mess of it. This will be so hard to see on the interior as it is, it's hardly worth the risk, but I will file the idea away for another time and another door.

I'll need to build the door frame before I can glue the lock box in place, just in case I need to adjust the placement or use different hardware if this doesn't look right in the end.

Carriage Days and Galloway House

by brae  

I spent part of my birthday weekend in Wisconsin. When previously touring the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, we were told about the carriage days event in August, which coincided with my birthday weekend. The event was interesting - the drivers compete for ribbons and come decked out in their finest. It was not easy to capture a good photo of the carriages in motion, and when they were still, they were all grouped together. It was great to see these vintage vehicles in motion, to hear the creak of the wood and leather as they moved over the grass.

The event included a horse-drawn carriage ride around the grounds to the event circle, the historic Wade House Stagecoach Hotel, the blacksmith shop and saw mill. Things were a little disorganized, but it was still a great day to tour and see interesting historical attractions. The hotel tour was a little long, so we skipped around to take photos and left early. It's definitely worthwhile to visit both the museum and the surrounding property.


After that we headed to Galloway House and Village in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. What a beautiful house!

There were not many people around, so we were able to take our time. I spied this interesting lamp in the parlor.

Just like the Chrysolite lamps I made for the Haunted Heritage bathroom (I left off the reflectors for mine).

There are a lot of surrounding buildings you can tour (self-guided). What was interesting to me were the antique items intended for actual handling by guests, something that is rather rare. Of course, the main attraction for me was their old mail wagon.

It's in rather rough shape, but it was great to be able to see inside and get close.

The sign on it reads:

This 1921 horse drawn mail buggy was used to deliver mail for 7 years by Mr. Frank Brodzeller.

This was a 38-mile route in rural Lomira, Dodge County, Wisconsin and served 165 families.

In late 1927, after traveling 5,794 miles using 4 different horses, Brodzeller gave way to the automobile and retired his horse and buggy.

After 39 years and 7 months, 400,000 plus miles, 4 horses and 20 automobiles, Brodzeller retired. A safe driving award was given to him along with an excellent service award by a Lomira Citizen group.

Brodzeller then, with a borrowed horse, used this mail buggy once again to deliver his last mail to Lomira Route #1. There were many of his friends waiting for the mail, to bid this final farewell. All relived the early days of 1921.

This buggy was later donated by Brodzeller to the Galloway Carriage House Museum.

There is so much more than these two highlights, and I highly recommend a visit if you like history and antiques even in the slightest.

Ivy Hollow - gable addition and window

by brae  

After making a base for the bump out on the gable, I put the building in dry fit to see if the depth was enough.

I added a slab of 1/8" inch thick plywood over the base.

I popped the gable window in place while adding the siding on the adjacent edge of the gable bump out.

I then added siding to the front. I'll finish the lower portion once I have the porch ceiling board in place.

As for the gable window, the thickness of the wall with the applied siding left a gap on the interior.

I added strip wood around the inner edge of the window to fill this gap.

I painted all the siding Vintage White by Folk Art (I've colorized the roof in the below pic since the white foam core board was rather stark).  The windows and doors are Woodland Green by Americana. More on the other windows and doors to come.

Ivy Hollow - screen door, part 5

by brae  

Continuing work on the screen door. I sprayed the screen on both sides with the Rust-Oleum Self-Etching Primer as tested last time. The coverage wasn't quite as uniform over a larger patch of the material, but it's pretty great. It looks like a dusty screen, perfect for my rural setting.

It's even a little shinier on the interior side, where it would be more protected from the elements. This might have been why I had trouble painting it in the past. I might have tried to paint the shinier side instead of the dull side.

I glued the screen door boards together, then cut cross board detailing.

I painted those pieces while unattached, then added them to the previous assembly. I glued the three layers together - two wood frames with a cardstock/screen portion sandwiched between.

Here's a reminder of the middle layer setup since I had to work fast and couldn't photograph that part.

Once thoroughly dry, I gently sanded the four outer edges.

I filled any minor gaps with spackling.

I touched up the paint overall and painted the sides of the door.

Next up, building a frame to house both the screen and solid doors.

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