Realife Country Store fixtures - part 4

by brae  

Continuing work on theĀ Realife Country Store fixtures. After getting the parts stained and sealed, it was time for main assembly. I'm still holding off on the countertop until I get ready to set the furnishings in place. The brass rod supplied with the kit was smaller in diameter than the fiber guide holes. I didn't know how this was supposed to work with that much give.

Instead, I replaced the guides with strip wood, measured the placement for the brass bars and drilled holes with a pin vise. The window bars were fiddly, to say the least, but this worked better. It might seem silly to have an open counter and easily thwarted gate then have bars on the post teller window, but I love the look of this piece.

I added numbers to the 15 pigeon holes in the mail sorter. Yep, on the back, too, so the postmaster and the customer can see which box is which.

These are 3.5 point type. :O

I cut a piece of thin acrylic sheet for the sorter window and then glued trim to hold it in place. I opted to lightly frost the glass to cut down on the glare that would prevent good pictures. I used Testors Dullcote.

This piece took a lot of work to get a good result, but I'm very pleased with the results.

The brass letter slot is a wonderful detail. I had to smooth the edges and carve away some excess metal from the slot, so I touched up the paint overall with bronze acrylic.

I added a few larger letters just to see. I have some smaller mail planned as well.

9 comments

Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
It looks wonderful! Congratulations!
10/02/19 @ 05:35
Comment from: Jette Sauerberg [Visitor]
I love it. Amazing.
10/02/19 @ 09:01
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
Oh that looks just wonderful! I can totally picture someone standing behind the bars so people can buy postage.
10/02/19 @ 14:45
Comment from: Deborah [Visitor]
This is fabulous! I love the mail slot and I love the numbers you've put on the boxes. It's going to be a wonderfully realistic little post office!
10/02/19 @ 16:03
Comment from: Kamelia [Visitor]
Absolutely amazing!
10/02/19 @ 16:41
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]
The finished piece is absolutely gorgeous! I love the level of detail you put into your work, and I appreciate very much that you share your process with us.
10/03/19 @ 01:20
Comment from: Anna [Visitor]

I love this piece Brae, and no, I don't think the bars on the teller window are silly. The numbering is so tiny and fabulously perfect. I had not heard of the stuff you used to frost the sheet of acrylic but what a difference it makes to be able to see the contents without reflection.

10/03/19 @ 05:43
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!! :>>
10/04/19 @ 16:34
Comment from: Irene McCulloch [Visitor]
I love the attention to detail - right down to frosting the acrylic. That's an excellent idea and the little letter slot adds lots to the realism.
10/09/19 @ 10:15


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