Watson Mill - I've got the shakes again

by brae  

It apparently takes six years to forget what a right proper pain it is to wood shake an entire house.  :\

It's a lovely finish though, and very forgiving especially on an old mill.  Instead of dark cedar, this time I will be using light wood shakes that I can stain to look weathered. These are from the defunct and partial Tudor Queen Anne kit.  No sense in buying supplies when I have some languishing in the stash.  They are thin and rather uniform, which makes life easier.

First was determining the size of the individual shingles.  True to scale shingles looked out of place for Baxter Pointe Villa, so I hand cut the 1,700 shingles by length and width to work best for proportion.  Considering the mill structure is even smaller, I figured I would have to do the same.  The 1/2" by 3/4" measurements used for Baxter Pointe Villa seemed like they would work for the mill as well.

I did a rough calculation and will need approximately 1,635 shakes.  Not that far off from the amount needed for Baxter Pointe Villa, but there are fewer windows and no chimney for Watson Mill.  After counting the bag, I discovered I have only 1,617 shakes.  :O  No margin for error.  But, if need be, I will use other shakes for the small back wall.  Houseworks makes nice light wood shakes that will work well enough to finish out the set.  I will start here, though.

Cut, cut, cut.  Once this bear of a task is done, I'll stain the shingles before application. I'll also have to finish the windows and door so I can get those installed prior to shingling.

14 comments

Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

Oh my! That is a daunting task to say the least. It will look amazing though!

08/09/17 @ 20:58
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]

The things we do for love… Godspeed, Brae!

08/10/17 @ 00:34
Comment from: Samantha [Visitor]

Ooh.. I’m glad you are shingling. I always love this finish in real life and miniature! :)

08/10/17 @ 02:23
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

If you cut them in half (3/8″) instead of 1/2″ wide you would have a greater quantity of them in the end.

It’s going to look great shingled, all the pain will be worth it in the end.

08/10/17 @ 04:50
Comment from: brae [Member]

I don’t discard the 1/4″ remaining since that is now half a shingle, which is needed to do a staggered application. I plan to cut enough for a dry run around the bottom few rows to see how many wholes and halves it should take. That will give me a closer estimate to how many I truly need to cut. :yes:

08/10/17 @ 06:01
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

Oh wow… That’s… that’s a lot of work.

Weren’t you the one who reminded me that we do this for fun?

I hope you’re enjoying yourself.

08/10/17 @ 07:54
Comment from: Betsy Rogers [Visitor]

Ooooohhhh…. your methodical process is inspiring… if daunting at the outset! At least you can see the whole job and know where you stand! I tend to do the “start at the bottom and figure it out as I go” method…. ! Which might explain some of my half done projects! LOL! You Amaze me with your thoroughness! I am sure the results will be worth it in the end!

08/10/17 @ 08:34
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

It will look awesome! :)

08/10/17 @ 12:06
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]

ahhh, the Things we do for Love…. &#59;D

08/10/17 @ 14:29
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]

Oh my good lord, Sheila! ::crying with laughter::

I’m sure it’s a pain on many levels, at least one of them *literal* but the results are always amazing, brae!

08/10/17 @ 17:44
Comment from: brae [Member]

:)) Yes, I tend to set up tedious work for myself, but apparently I don’t mind much.

08/10/17 @ 21:11
Comment from: Jeannette T [Visitor]

Wow! That is a lot of work, but it will look great.

08/11/17 @ 17:35
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]

You certainly have your work cut out - best of luck with that little task but it’ll look great when done.

08/14/17 @ 04:55
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you all for the encouragement! :>>

08/14/17 @ 10:28


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