17 posts categorized "Creatin’ Contest 2020"

Left wall progress

I have been patiently and thoughtfully bricking the left wall over the last week and a half...I finished yesterday.

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I also built most of the door...I have to stain it, fashion windows, and add a rubber coated bottom.  I have no idea if a “soft” bottom is realistic, but it makes sense to me, as boats will be gliding over it.

The bricked in windows and darker bricks around the door are meant to give the wall history, as if the boathouse door were added some time after the building was completed.  I will play with the color of the grout, as well, to make the darker bricked sections look newer.

You may have noticed the coloration of the bricks darkens at the bottom of the wall.  That is deliberate, as it marks the high tide line, where the bottom of the wall will be wet, and the even darker shadow under the dock.  Something you may not have noticed, since it doesn’t photograph well, are the lintels and sills of the bricked up windows...I will need to paint in some shadows to accentuate their depth.

This is what I mean....

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I wish I had done the windows differently.  Now is the time to decide if I want to remove bricks to re-do it....before grout.  I will ponder the situation, but your opinion is welcome.

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Penciled in

I had a productive day yesterday.  In the morning, while I was waiting for the sun to come out, I covered my computer equipment with a doubled over bedsheet, then cut the base board to prep for a pool.  I added supports, then glued on a bottom.

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While that was drying I went to the beach to search for weathered sticks to use as pilings, before the city workers remove the debris.

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I came home with several possibilities, zebra mussel shells to crush for substrate, and other bits.

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These are not rocks, they are, as far as I can tell, chunks of spray-foam.  I picked up as many as I could find, to discard them properly, though I may end up using some in the build.

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The afternoon was spent raking leaves off my flower beds.  It was warm, sunny, quiet, and absolutely lovely outside.  I have more outside chores to do today.

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In the evening I penciled in the structural components and put the build into dry fit.  I think I have it all worked out, but need to run through the process in my head a few times to make sure I’m not overlooking something before I resume construction.

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I am going to work on the build in three sections: left wall, right wall, and base.  I need to document in my notebook the procedural order for each section, as I think through it.  I also need to clear space for two sections to rest as I work on the third, as only one at a time will fit on the cart I’m using as a temporary work surface.


Working anyway

I decided that lack of a worktable shouldn’t keep me from working on the contest kit.  I chose some small tasks, starting with the rear wall.

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I added height, blocked the window, and filled in the groove where the loft piece, or whatever you want to call it, is supposed to go.  I also put a thin coat of wood filler over the outside of the boat, to fill the slight gaps between a few of the planks, so I can start sanding.

While I was waiting for the filler to dry I steam bent some wood strips for the arched door of the boathouse.

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It was much easier than I expected.

Now I can make the rest of the door, then once that’s glued in place I can start bricking the wall.

 

 


The conservatory reinvisioned

My original plan for the conservatory involved an oceanfront pier/dock.  Now that I’m using the contest kit for the dock I am reimagining the conservatory slightly.  I am going to build the conservatory and the contest kit simultaneously so I can landscape...seascape?...them at the same time.

I set the builds on my shelf, determining where I want which, since they’ll be pieces of a cohesive whole.

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I did a quick dry fit of the conservatory, to jog my memory, then glued the roof frame together...

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I’ve been playing around with the seascaping items I have so far....barnacles I made last year, some octopi, and teeny shells.  I have more shells, including limpets, on order, and Nancy is making me some rocks.  I’m in no hurry, I want to make sure it’s exactly how I want it before I pour water.  I’m also letting Nancy pour her water first, so I can learn from her process. :)  

I made a couple unsuccessful attempts at crafting sea anemone last weekend.  I have an idea to make closed instead of open ones, which will fit better anyway, since my seascape is going to be set in low tide.

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It feels really, really, good to be engaged with a project again!


Contest kit planning

I’ve been playing with the contest kit...dreaming, scheming, doing the usual mental pre-build.

The side wall isn’t wide enough to contain the elements I need without crowding.   I was going to make it wider, but then it occurred to me that I could fit the elements on the other (wider) wall, if I move the dock to the other side.

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Good.  Plus, the conservatory will sit next to it on the shelf pleasingly in this configuration.

I cut some planks to build the dock from a piece of wormy hardwood I delightedly pulled, years ago, from my brother-in-law’s shop scrap bin.

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I think I’ve got the support structure figured out, but am still contemplating options.  While contemplating I played with bricks, experimenting with ideas.

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Before I begin construction on the walls I need to make a decision on a roof.  More to come on that.

Oh!  I solved the problem of where it’s going to be housed after the build is done.  Last weekend I traded the bookshelves in my studio with deeper, industrial shelves.    They work great.

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Creatin’ Contest 2020

This year’s contest kit arrived yesterday.

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This is what I’m thinking...

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I won’t be using the pre-assembled stairs or the big window.  If anyone needs them as additions to their contest kit, let me know.

This idea has been floating around in my brain for a while, in varying iterations.  I’m glad this kit fits.  

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I’ve got a great piece of wormy wood my brother-in-law gave me years ago that I’ve been saving to make a dock with.

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My conundrum is this:  WHERE AM I GOING TO PUT IT AFTER IT’S BUILT?!?

I just got rid of three structures when I cleaned my studio.  I have one of Charlene’s room boxes still sitting in the way on my worktable because I don’t know what to do with it.  Ideas are welcome!

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I have at least one too many structures in my bedroom...

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Then I had an epiphany!

I can replace the secondhand bookshelves in my studio with a custom built unit, with deeper, adjustable, shelves.

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I need to measure, sketch, plan, design....