Watson Mill - ceiling, more flooring, and lighting

by brae  

The Ray Storey floor lamp wire runs on the outside, up to the bedroom wall channel.  I had made the channels for the wires previously.  To install the floor lamp, I made one of my usual faux wall outlets from copper card stock.  I have only one more lamp requiring an outlet, but I made four to have matching decorative outlets as well.

I finished the wire with a false plug, added a receptacle cut from stickers, and ran the wire up the outside.

I glued the ceiling board in place.  To help with stability, I added strip wood on the upper floor where the wiring space will be.

I installed the two ceiling lamps from the first floor and ran the wires into the attic space.  These are new old stock ceiling light kits by Illinois Hobbycraft.  I spray painted the metal rings Krylon Antique Bronze.

Since I put the wallpaper in prior to putting in the ceiling board, I needed some small crown molding to finish the upper edges.  I stained this Minwax Driftwood to coordinate with the other finishes.

I checked the fit of the upper flooring and cut the holes for the two openings before gluing it in place.  I had previously stained the red oak flooring with Minwax Dark Walnut, sealing with two coats of Delta Ceramcoat Matte Varnish.  Next up was installing the small side wall to complete the bedroom space.

Here you can see the wiring from the floor lamp running through the bedroom channel.  I put a few small pieces of tape over the interior wiring channel to make a pocket for the wires while still allowing for movement.  The bedroom sconce wires still need to be added to this channel.  A whole strip of tape would stick to the wires too much and make it difficult to pull them through.

I stabilized the wall with pieces of mdf.  As you can see, the attic space will provide good access to the wiring.

Watson Mill - door and windows, part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on the door and windows.  I painted a Houseworks window for the main floor, using stained trim for the interior.  The corner joins are somewhat pronounced from the stain, but it won't matter with the window coverings and furniture placement.

I had to pad the exterior frame with strip wood since the thickness of the wall is 3/8" but these are 1/2" thick windows.

As noted previously, I had to repair the window opening for the round upper window due to a wandering Dremel.  I cut strips of cardboard and lined the hole until I had a suitable diameter to hold the window in place.  This fix will be covered by wallpaper on the interior and wood shingles on the exterior.

While I love the 2 1/4" Simplicity Window from Heritage Laser Works, the front wall is 3/8" thick.  Each window comes with one 1/8" thick center mullion piece and two 1/32 thick outer trim pieces.  I bought three windows to have the parts needed to address the thicker wall.  I will use two center mullions, one on each side of an acrylic window.  I cut the cross bars from the third mullion piece to finish out the required thickness.

I glued three of the outer trim pieces together to make a thicker exterior trim piece then glued the two remaining outer trim pieces together to make the interior trim piece.

For the 1 1/8" Simplicity Window from Heritage Laser Works, a little more work will be involved since the pieces aren't as thick.  But, to start, as with the larger round window, I glued four of the outer trim pieces together to make the exterior trim piece then glued the two remaining outer trim pieces together to make the interior trim piece.

I glued the outer trims to one mullion piece for each window.  I won't glue the windows in just yet since I want to use them as guides for cutting the shingles to fit.   I painted these Americana White Birch in satin.

The interior trim is stained Minwax Driftwood.

I think I am ready to get the ceiling installed, then lighting, then back to the dumbwaiter and the ladder.  :]

Bargello benches listed on eBay

by brae  

I've listed the blue-green bargello benches on eBay, shipping worldwide.  :]

Miniature lathe

by brae  

No, I haven't fallen down a rabbit hole never to return.  :D  Life has taken over the past few weeks, but all in positive ways.  In some fun news, friends surprised me with a miniature lathe for my birthday!

They even machined new tools since they didn't feel the included ones were good enough.

Of course, I am super excited but have no idea what I am doing.  Luckily, the gift comes with lessons from the very friends who gave me this marvelous new tool.  Here's the test run my friend did to test it out.

This will help greatly in my pursuit of The Scale Cabinetmaker projects, and I feel positively spoiled rotten!  :D

Watson Mill - door and windows, part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the door and windows.  I spray painted four doorknobs and two keyholes in antique bronze since the area for door handles was so narrow.  I had to put the knobs a little off center from one another due to the draft strip down the middle.

I love the way it turned out, though.  :D

Right now, I have the outer trim held on with putty since I'll need to use the curve to mark the shingles as I round the top.  I tried to fix the bad sanding job on the curved portion, but I'm still not happy with it.  So, Gustav will get a climbing vine later on.

The threshold for the door was painted Neutral Grey after a good sanding to droop the middle as though it has been worn over the years.  I'll add some subtle aging once I do the landscaping.

The window I bought from Hobby Lobby would not go back together correctly, even though I was careful to keep the parts in the right order.  I won't put a wonky window in a build I've been so carefully planning. So, while I await a Houseworks replacement in the mail, I will continue working on other parts of the build.  I have a few extra days off for the upcoming long weekend, so I hope to get a lot accomplished.  :]

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