Dinghy Dismay continued

Sand was applied to the base after the first batch of cattails, then the second batch was glued in place.  I am using a mix of coarse, dark, Pacific Ocean beach sand and fine, pale, Lake Michigan beach sand.

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I sunk a rusty coffee can anchor, just like my grandpa's ♥, and began gluing in lilypad stems.

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The bases of the second batch of cattails were sanded, the third batch glued in, and the terrain elevated at the rear of the piece.

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The lilypads are being shaped now, I need to decide on placement before I glue more stems in place.  I am planning to use one of Nancy's pointy leaved echeveria kits to make a few flowers, hopefully that kit is one I have already.

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I dug through my stash on a search for appropriate wildlife.  I found a couple of butterflies and a duck.  The duck is a decoy so most likely won't be used here, unless he was left in the boat.

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I am going to attempt sculpting some minnows and tadpoles.  Wish me luck.


Dinghy update

I've taken a bazillion pictures  of the contest build over the last few days. I have not been happy with any of them yet. It's a  very vexing process.  I'm going to take a break for a couple of days then come back to it.

Meanwhile, I finished the dinghy Dismay.  I cut some balsa seats, and saved the mahogany ones for a future build. I also held back the oarlocks and didn't install the inwales.   I sanded a hole in the bottom, then distressed the finish.

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I'm a bit worried about the stability of the cattails.  Am contemplating.

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dinghy dismay

I won more eBay auctions than expected, so have three dinghy kits.  :D  I decided I would utilize one to experiment on.

The new glue I auditioned, Quick Hold, did not perform well.  I will revert back to the kit manufacturer's suggestion of cyanoacrylate adhesive (superglue), but will add wood glue where appropriate.

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I dyed the wood before assembly this time, which I thought would aid in the sanding process (all pieces have to be sanded to fit during construction).  It worked wonderfully, I was better able to see where I was sanding, helping me keep straight, even planes. Aesthetically, I don't like the red paired with mahogany, so will have to buy different colors.

Now I am at the point where I have to decide whether to keep going with this dinghy (using superglue) and finish it to be grungy, or abandon the build.  A vision of it sunk, tilted, into a landscape of cattails and lily pads, has formed in my mind, perhaps I'll use it for that.

The dinghy kit is much easier than the skiff, as the frame is stable.  I look forward to building the next two.


The Skiff

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The skiff was insanely more difficult than the dory.  Carving, measuring and cutting stripwood, precision sanding, a lot of regluing parts that pop off or break...profuse cursing.  I am happy with how it turned out, and found the challenge very rewarding.

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I made this boat for my husband.  It joins his end table flotilla in the living room.

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Next up...

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conservatory or boathouse?

First coat of green/gray sanded, then more shading done on the front panels...

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Third or fourth coat of green/gray...

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I put it back into dry fit at this point to show my daughter when she stopped by last Thursday.  She said it looks like a boathouse.

Hmmm....

Not a boathouse, but maybe a small boat repair shop....or rather, the office of one, with the exterior wall of the shop behind it, and a boat or two, outside, to the left.

I could cut the conservatory kit down a bit, removing one set of windows to make it shorter, which would make it fit on the top of my bookcase instead of hanging off the front an inch.

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I'll have to fix the doors.  They only open inward, which I didn't like in the conservatory but decided to live with.  It's a simple fix, I just have to the remove the header that stops them from swinging out.

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While I spent the weekend thinking about it I assembled a dory boat kit.  I purchased it a few years ago for the Tropical Beach House, but didn't have room for it.  I'll show you pictures when I'm done, I've got to make the oars today.

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studio day, all day

I spent the entire day in my studio yesterday, with only a brief respite for a quick but necessary trip to the grocery store.  I am loving unemployment.

My day began with the windows.  I've never liked the mullions in kit windows, they're too thick and out of scale.  Using a cutting wheel in my Dremel I removed most of them.

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I also removed the silly scallop from the top of the ridge trim and replaced it with a piece of 'wrought iron' cut from black plastic fencing pieces I have scads of (thank you, Charlene).  I like it!
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Then  I cut a groove in the top of the walls to insert the wrought iron trim there as well.
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Then I wondered if the remaining section of the fence would fit in the walls...
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...almost....but when trimmed, it does....
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I don't know if I like it or not, I'll have to think about it.

Then I took the house out of dry fit and prepped it for color by sanding it down and wiping it off.

I tested all the inks from my stash (in large bottles) on a piece of scrap basswood.  None of them worked for me, then I remembered I had two bottles of Rit dye left from dying plastic flowers to make succulents for the library roof.  I was imagining a dark grayish green, and the peacock green Rit dye was close.

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Because I'm using a dark color on the exterior I needed to do some shadowing beforehand to keep depth in the details.
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Coat one done, then sanded...
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Coat two drying...  It looks horrible right now, just keep in mind this is early in the process.
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I have to go to the beauty supply store today for more sanding blocks, and run a few errands while I'm out, so I'm not sure how much studio time I'll get today.  But...I don't have to go to work!


dishrack whoas and conservatory planning

For my second attempt at a dishrack for the contest build I constructed the frame to interlock and angled the feet to sit well, favoring stability over accuracy.

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I used the smallest stripwood I had on hand for the slats.  I contemplated splitting the pieces lengthwise to make them skinnier, but was afraid I couldn't do it cleanly, as the grain of the wood usually directs the split.

It was SO FIDDLY to glue together.
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It's too large.  Sigh.  Not by much, but by enough.  I won't use it.
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I used the last of my tiny stripwood, so can't make another attempt until I restock.  Restocking allows me to buy the size I wanted to work with to begin with, so you'll see this project again, improved.

After I moaned about the dishrack for a bit I played with the conservatory.  I think I've got the layout determined.  There is little square footage, so the more delicate and diminutive the contents the more spacious the interior will appear.

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Conservatory

Nancy texted me last week, "Did you see this?"...

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Of course I bought one, I've always wanted to build this kit.

It arrived yesterday and went into dry fit.
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This is what is wrong....

The roof support beam may be 1/8" too long and need to be cut down.  Mine was fine.
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Seven of the trim pieces for the roof are too short.  No problem, I can either cut new ones or add a strip along either the top or bottom edge to compensate.

(The missing scallop on the roof ridge trim is my fault, I dropped it.)
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I'm glad I didn't pay full price.  At full price I'd have expected perfection.  For the discounted price I can live with glue smears and a gap.  Glue smears are especially unwelcome when the instructions tell you to stain instead of paint.  You can't stain glue smears.  Also, wood and MDF don't take stain the same, so boo for combining the two materials.

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Also, at full price I would have expected the trim on the columns to be mitered and wrap around the sides.
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While this sits in dry fit I want to finish up the last thing I want in the contest build.  I made a first attempt that went in the trash, but learned what to do to make it right.  I'm building one of these...

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Someone with a laser cutter should make a kit for these.  Hint, hint, Pepper or Shannon...