Milo Valley Farm - porcelain fuse block, completed

by brae  

I finished the porcelain fuse block by adding the knife switch and two fuses.  The fuses are made from brass and silver watch parts (painted) and two clear plastic discs.  The switch doesn't pivot; it's glued in place.  I mixed some brown paint with Americana Staining Medium to age the assembly.

I drilled holes through the wall to insert tubes to the exterior.  I'll address the exterior electrical portion later.  My original attempt at mimicking the shaped end of the porcelain tube was done with contour putty.

It was too brittle and fell to pieces, so I cut the tubes and pressed one end onto an awl to stretch it a bit.  This allows for a slight shape even if it's not an exact replica.

I glued the box to the wall and then added two brass nails clipped short to fit.  The bottom screw holes disintegrated when I drilled the larger holes, but you won't see this once the final cording is in place.

I chose to mount the fuse block higher than I had it in initial map.  From what I've read, it was difficult not to shock yourself (i.e., electrocute yourself) when throwing the switch.  I figured it would be best to keep it in a place where nothing would lean on it by accident, something like a metal rake.

I'm now ready to finish up the cording through the remaining knobs and tubes.

9 comments

Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

Hahahaha! I love all the safety tips!
This looks great! Can’t wait to see the finished electrical. :D

01/24/16 @ 17:12
Comment from: Abbe PB [Visitor]

I’m really enjoying your knob & tube replication! My childhood home had some (unused) exposed knob & tube wiring, so it’s especially cool to see it redone in miniature.

01/24/16 @ 17:34
Comment from: BunnyD [Visitor]

Aww. Sorry it broke off at the bottom. It still looks amazing and like you said, it won’t show in the end. Drape a few cob webs. &#59;) it looks brilliant Brae.

01/24/16 @ 18:00
Comment from: Kat [Visitor]

Looks awesome! Well done

01/24/16 @ 18:23
Comment from: Bill [Visitor]

Another safety tip! Don’t forget to add a string to the handle of the knife switch, like in your reference photo. That way you can disconnect it even though it is mounted high on the wall, and you won’t get a shock.

This is looking great, and incredibly realistic.

01/24/16 @ 20:40
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]

Looks fantastic! Very well done. :)

01/24/16 @ 21:15
Comment from: Mad for Mod [Visitor]

Your details never cease to amaze me. It looks fantastic even though the bottom holes broke. I would never had known if you didn’t say anything.

01/25/16 @ 05:12
Comment from: Monique [Visitor]

now it looks even better! nicely done and pfew, good thing your read about the dangers of it, so now it will be at least a bit safer.. &#59;). But seriously how nasty is it that it was so dangerous to use such a thing..? I guess it will have involved some cointossing when to decide who’s gonna do it this time ;p

01/25/16 @ 07:59
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :D

02/01/16 @ 12:06


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