|"Reclaimed" Farm House Table|
The good news is, it is only 2 short months left until spring, and then the city and its loving citizenry can find something else to butt heads about (insert your own jokes about "butt heads", if you must).
I continue with making quarter-inch scale furniture for the fabled "Washtub Cottage" by Petite Properties. First, a resolution of the issue I had last week, vis-a-vis the recalcitrant sink which insisted on being too big. In the end I remade the sink, drafting my pattern to the cardstock rather than printing out the pattern. Low and behold, look at the difference :
|Sink Comparisons Photocopied Pattern (left) and Drafted (right)|
I was expecting it to be shorter, but proportionally wider? Not sure why the proportions would be off width-wise, but it is probably a math thing. Both cute, but the smaller one works better. I also changed the smaller one a bit, putting it up on bead feet, which I thought was cute, and I hate to make two of anything exactly the same (which of course is the reason to get into making exact scale models, right?). Blame the Right Brain, I often do.
|Drafted Sink beside Finished Cook Stove|
The stove doesn't look so puny now that the sink has been cut down to size.
|Cook Stove and Sink, second view|
Once the above had been satisfactorily sorted, I flipped my pattern book until I came upon the next piece to catch my fancy - all will be built eventually, but apparently there is a bizarre rating system of what is most important to build on any given day. Today I chose this amazing little farmhouse table.
|Petite Properties Fiona Broadwood "Farmhouse Table"|
*not a real publication
|The Table, drafted|
|Table, Cut out and Folded|
|Table Bottom Structure, excised.|
|Bottom Structure with Slats|
|Wibbley Wobbley Table|
|Farmhouse Table, Disgustingly Pickled|
Speaking of fancy, I would like to conclude today with a really cool cake tutorial from the good people at youtube, because, as mentioned, you can't make a table without thinking a little ahead about what is going to be sitting on top. This is a simple technique, but a great many possibilities. The DIY'er, by the name of Toni Ellison (clever girl but not anyone I know personally), I suspect used one of the cutters you can buy for poly clay, but certainly an innovative soul could do the old poly clay rope trick, cross-section and assemble as in the video, and achieve a similar effect. This could be very easily "scaled down" for a 1/2 or 1/4 scale offering as well. Very Cool Project, Toni, whoever you are. Until next time my friends...