Category: "Ivy Hollow, RFD Post Office - HBS Creatin' Contest 2019"

Ivy Hollow - hot off the press

by brae  

I've made up a mini newspaper stack for the post office. I settled on a midyear 1917 edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer because it had horse drawn carriages on the front page above the fold. Again, these are in scale and not really legible.

I printed two other styles of interior pages just to have print throughout, though the backs of each image are blank.

I cut the various spreads then folded each individually.

I placed the two inserts inside the cover and folded into shape. A roller helped push everything together.

I glued the main fold on the inside and then a few random corners to hold the shape a bit.

I rolled the paper again and trimmed the non-folded edges with an X-Acto knife.

I tried to get them as consistent as possible, but I really needed only one near perfect one for the top of the stack.

As long as they were all relatively close in size, they would work as a stack.

Once I had a stack of ten, I used buttonhole thread to tie the stack.

Hooray! :D

Ivy Hollow - brass plaque

by brae  

I bought a 42-piece lot of vintage charms of the logo for the United States Post Office Department, which was the original name of the United States Postal Service.

No, I didn't need 42 of these suckers, but how perfect for a plaque.

I was going to make a sign to resemble a porcelain plaque, but this is delightful at 5/8" diameter.

I didn't want to wait to ask the seller for a smaller lot, because I couldn’t find anything like these online in a smaller quantity and I would have been sad had I missed out on this perfect detail. There are three styles, and one has already made its way to a new home. I'll list these in my etsy shop once I reopen. :]

Ivy Hollow - out of dry fit!

by brae  

I did a lot of prep work today, installed the sheet flooring, drilled holes where the wire channels meet the foundation and prepped the landscape board. I won't be attaching the house to the base until I get to the electrical shed and landscaping, just to make sure the building is in the right place. But, the board is prepped and primed with its felt feet on the bottom.

I have glued in three of the five walls! Wahoo! :D

I propped the remaining two in place to make sure the whole structure fits well.

Ivy Hollow - windows, a second look

by brae  

I'm using Houseworks attic windows for my tiny post office. They have interior trim that fits around the frame.

After seeing one in dry fit, it all seemed out of proportion.

Here's an interior window with the trim pulled in closer. It sits on top of the frame instead of surrounding it.

I had padded the exterior of the attic windows to make up for some of the difference in depth, and I couldn't add more without throwing the proportion off on the outside.

That left padding the walls on the inside. I needed only 1/16" thick material to make the walls flush with the windows, so I bought chip board sheets as an economical solution.

I cut new interior trim, eliminating the angled corners that are often hard to cut by hand. Better. :]

Ivy Hollow - postmaster's desk wall, part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the back wall. I figured I would need more pigeon holes, because having a post office for only 15 mail customers seemed a bit of an extravagance. I modeled the additional pigeon holes after the ones made for the postal teller, making them a little deeper and having 40 on this back wall unit. I think I held my breath while cutting the thin slits to fit the parts together, but it worked! There was so much cutting and prep work beforehand, I was not looking forward to having to do it all over again.

I think 55 post boxes is more in line for a one-wagon rural post office. It might not be enough for a true post office, so I remind myself this is a mini approximation. :D

Instead of painting after assembly like I did with the postal teller, I painted and sealed the strips individually. This was so much easier than trying to get a good finish in the tiny pigeon holes. Wish I had considered this when I made the teller.

On the opposite side has shelves for packages. The postmaster could put a package slip in the box for mail that wouldn't fit. I adapted a 2" Houseworks kitchen cabinet for these shelves, mirroring the modifications I made on the opposite side of the window, but this one does have a working drawer.

I painted the cabinets to match the other woodwork.

Right now, the pigeon holes are not attached to the base cabinet. I need to add the box numbers.

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