The HC - back wall revisited, part 1

by brae  

In the past, I've made sliding walls like the one for Ye Olde Taxidermist.  For the current build, I don't want a large gable blocking the interior view from the back.  For Ye Olde Taxidermist, the narrow gable doesn't block much of the interior.

Milo Valley Farm has no gable to get in the way.

Since I decided to have an eave on the back, hinging the house-shaped wall would not work. It would bind on the roof overhang. Next solution, magnets.

These stick to each other as well and come marked positive and negative.

Super thin, which is perfect. The ruler is in 1/64" increments. They are 3/8" in diameter.

The wall is just a bit shorter than actual opening to remove it easily. The interior trim on the ceiling blocks any light that might shine through. The beautiful barrel was made by Bill.  :]

I used a spade bit to make shallow holes for the round magnets. This was no problem for the lower area where it doesn't matter if the bit pokes through the other side. On the sides just below the eave, I had to be careful because the bit is longer than the material is thick. The interior trims add to the thickness, but I had to cut just what I needed and not a smidge more.  :\

For the apex, the magnet sits in the space I left at the end of the ceiling beam. Hmm, looks like I need a touch up.  :\


There will be six magnets. Here the holes have been painted brown.

I will epoxy these in place, but just pushed in you can see they sit flush.

For the wall, I will cut small pieces of K&S 0.008 thickness tin sheet left over from the Otter Cove kitchen.

One magnet is strong enough to hold this partial sheet. Since the wall will be able to rest on the landscaping board, I think the six magnets will work well to keep it from shifting or falling away from the structure.

Before I go further, though, I need to work on finishing the wall inside and out. Considering I don't need the back wall for the final build to make sense, I will leave this for later and continue on the main structure. It's not a priority, but I wanted to get the prep work done before the structure was attached to the landscaping base.


Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
Wonderful solution! I’z got to get me some of those magnets!!!
11/16/18 @ 17:48
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]
This is such an elegant solution! Then again, your problem solving is usually very elegant. Which is one of the reasons I love following your builds.
11/16/18 @ 17:53
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
The magnets are so awesome! Can't wait to see how they work out.
11/16/18 @ 18:51
Comment from: ann [Visitor]
You are using some very interesting details and materials to create the look that you want. Waiting to see the finished project.
11/16/18 @ 20:30
Comment from: Clara [Visitor]
You constantly amaze me!
11/17/18 @ 05:29
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]
The sliding wall technology was ingenious, and having magnets now as an option is brilliant! I know it truly does keep the dust out, and protects from curious kitties and the exploration of little hands. Great problem, solving, Brae, and beautiful execution!
11/17/18 @ 09:49
Comment from: Jeanne [Visitor]
Oh, I'm delighted to see that this worked so smoothly for you! My husband had the idea of using magnets to hold a sheet of plexiglass over my back-opening house, to keep the dust out. You make it look easy -- hurray!
11/20/18 @ 08:01
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you so much! :>>

To be honest, I wasn't sure about the magnets...but I think they will work well. Fingers crossed! :yes:
11/27/18 @ 20:07

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