Ivy Hollow - new walls

by brae  

I'm using the kit walls to make my new ones.  Why bother altering when I can cut new ones fresh?  It's a shame to waste the material when a few cuts and a few additions will make the shapes I need, and I have plenty of scraps without having to buy new boards.  For the new roof piece, I will use a fresh board since I want completely stable boards in the front and back, but the walls will be covered with exterior and interior finishes that will stabilize any patches or joins.

I used the foam core board patterns to mark the original walls.

I'm not especially worried about a precise fit since the finishes will cover any gaps.

I cut a plywood scrap to complete the missing portion of the gable, using the factory corner for the peak since it would be straighter than any cuts I could make with hand tools.  :]  I will wait to cut the new window openings after I know the furnishing placement inside.

Using a carpenter's square and wood glue, I attached the gable to the walls.

The plywood is slightly thinner than the mdf, so I made sure the outside was flush by weighing down the join with canned goods.  The wall on the left shows the original window opening.  I will wait to patch this opening once I know where the window placement will be, if I put a window on this wall at all.

To keep the walls from bowing while the glue dries, I added more cans on the bottom edge as well.

6 comments

Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
Hmm...we have a lot of soup we haven't eaten yet. I think I just found my weights for wall construction. Awesome. I love this part, when the build starts to get going and take shape! Even though assembly is far in the future the dry fits get more and more detailed as the build becomes solidified in your mind. I'm excited to see more!
04/02/19 @ 06:42
Comment from: ann [Visitor]
Very interesting. It is fun watching you work.
04/02/19 @ 06:59
Comment from: Marijke Rolink [Visitor]
Great to see you use up the old en give it a new life again! O those cans with vegi we use as heavy weight all our house plants... have a nice day, groetjes van Marijke
04/02/19 @ 07:03
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]
Why is it that using our scrap wood feels like such an accomplishment? Don't know, but it really does!!! Sadly, I have more scraps than I am creative enough in my lifetime to use up! It's fun to see the project go from concept to construction! Can't wait for the next post!
04/02/19 @ 08:30
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]
It appears that your Ivy Hollow Post office is undergoing some interesting changes and alterations Brae. And nothing feels as good as using up some of what you've already got on hand! &#59;)
04/02/19 @ 14:36
Comment from: Irene McCulloch [Visitor]
I just love watching progress like this - from the very start of a project and all through the different stages. I am enjoying this very much.
05/02/19 @ 13:20


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