Mikros Kosmos #19: And we're back

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Blog entry by tyskkvinna posted 08-28-2010 02:55 PM 1617 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: Another tiny update Part 19 of Mikros Kosmos series Part 20: My first dovetails! »

Hey everybody!

Haven’t been able to make any progress on this project lately, due to lots of travelling and then the work backlash that happens after lots of travelling..

Last night I had some time avaiable and decided to work on this.

I am using simple balsa wood for the frame of this. There’s no reason to use anything heavier. So, I glued together the base frame and then glued some heavy cardboard to it. I considered using wood for the bottom, since traditionally plywood is used for this application. But any sheets of wood I have that would have been appropriate were all nice veneers. I don’t want to use those. :) Cardboard is just fine. You’re not going to see it.

Glued in some vertical supports. I drew some guidelines in the bottom so I’d know where I definitely didn’t want support rails. And as you can see, this was all done with super glue. I love this particular stuff. You hold it tight for a few seconds and then it is strong enough to hold on its own.

And then did some creative gluing on the top half to make a full structure. I was a little torn about the construction process. Using methods you’d find in full-size cabinets don’t quite work here because there really isn’t opportunity for fasteners – either the wood kind (dovetail, dowel, etc) or the metal kind (screws, nails). While it’s not exactly a weight-bearing structure, I do need it to be able to support itself, so. Again, you’ll never see this part, so it is okay.

Then did some major head scratching. Didn’t want to use wood for the top. Almost – very, very almost – used cardboard with a paper veneer. In fact I had cut out the cardboard and was leafing through my papers to decide on one when this piece of plastic fell out of the paper pile. I had looked at my plastic inventory but didn’t have anything suitable. So this was exciting! I drew some lines and then cut it out on the bandsaw. This was my first attempt at cutting free form on the bandsaw. I didn’t want to cut the hole out completely, so this was tricky.

It worked out well in the end I do think. White wasn’t my first choice, but I worked with what I have, and I will make it look integrated by the time I’m done.

I set it in the room to get a feel for how it looks. Yay! If you hadn’t figured it out yet, it’s the kitchen counter. The space at the end is for the fridge. If you look closely, you can see that I even put the toe-kick in it. :) I added some supports around the sink, too. By the way, I had decided a while back what kind of sink design I wanted to do.. I like the big porcelain ones that sit right on the edge, rather than the stainless ones that sit in the centre. Which is why I made the sink cut-out like that. I did not realise how close to the trim on the wall it would come – not sure what to do about that yet. I can raise the whole counter a little so it’s even (I have some very thin balsa) or I can put the fridge up against that corner instead of in the opening for it right now.

I’m going to skin it with… something … and then figure out how exactly to do the doors and drawers.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 08-28-2010 02:57 PM

Just thinking about you the other day and wondered why we haven’t seen any posts. Glad you are OK and back at decorating the “house”


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-28-2010 03:12 PM

Good to see you back posting, Lis.

Are you making the sink, youself? I think the type you’re talknig about is known as a ‘Butler’s Sink’ in the UK. Should be good.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 08-28-2010 03:56 PM

Nice work.

I can’t wait to see the post on the dovetailed drawers you’re going to make to go in there. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 08-28-2010 04:43 PM

Dovetails? Cheesh! That will be a tiny tough task!

Really nice work!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#5 posted 08-28-2010 04:53 PM

Welcome back.
Sometimes contractors get sidetracked when they built
BIG homes also.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 08-28-2010 05:19 PM

Tiny dovetails would be awesome to see, but how would you get such a tiny router and jig…maybe A1Jim has one! LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 08-28-2010 06:50 PM

I’m glad to see progress on the house. I was actually following this project before I decided to join Lumberjocks. Now I can add you to my buddy list so I can keep better track of it.

Yes, my response is a shameless plug or Lumberjocks. Anyone who is lurking around out there in internet world but hasn’t joined, what are you waiting for? I finally did and find it much easier being a member here instead of just looking. Joining is easy.


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#8 posted 08-28-2010 08:37 PM

thanks, all! :)

Martyn – yep, I am! Haven’t quite hammered out how yet. I’ve got the clay, but that was the basic style I was aiming for on the bath sink and couldn’t quite get there.

William – that’s awesome! :) Glad to see I had an impact on you joining this awesome community.

Sheesh guys…. you may convince me to attempt dovetails yet. I’ve actually never tried them, in any scale.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#9 posted 08-28-2010 08:41 PM

Lis, at that scale you could do dovetails with a craft knife and a magnifying glass.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#10 posted 08-28-2010 11:40 PM

cool idea with those dovetailed drawers :-)
that would bee something to lok forward to

anyway I´m sure you will make great job nomatter what you deside

and welcome back Lis , we have missed your posting :-)

best thoughts

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#11 posted 08-29-2010 02:44 AM

Welcome back Lis, missed your posts and was wondering about that but you did mention something about traveling. I figured you were too busy to take time out but better busy than not!

I know I am being shameless but have you seen my new cutting board? I’m quite proud of it!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 08-29-2010 02:44 PM

Hi, Lis:
I am a day behind in reading this stuff, but I need to tell you before I read the next edition of your blog how amazed I am at the level of detail that you are doing. I just have never seen so much attention to detail on a doll house and I think it is just awesome.

When I was looking at your photos of how you made your cabinet bases, I noticed the toe kick and thought “Wow!” Also, the floors were again so beautiful that my mind kept wandering to thoughts of them.

Your project is the type that one could just sit and gaze at it for hours and still not see everything.

I am glad you are ‘back’ too. Seeing your level of concentration and thought that goes into your projects is very inspirational to me and I am sure many others. Thanks for a great post!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#13 posted 09-07-2010 12:37 AM

You know, box jointed drawers would be a nice compromise and just as impressive! I am expecting one of these rooms to be a wood shop – I bet Barbie could be a great wood worker (she could let Ken use her tools as long as he put them away …)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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