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WeekendMiniaturist

The forum is so quiet, and at least I think we do have people checking in - although I can't see statistics for the website...  Welcome to all the new people who have recently joined the Fine Miniatures Forum.

I love the new year from a perspective of my modeling adventures - it is always a time to examine my progress or lack of progress.  So what is everyone working on?  What is the one project that you would really like to start or finish this year? 

I have a really, really long list that I keep as a memo on my cell phone...  2017 is my year to clear some of these projects off my list, so the first two things that I am working on finishing for 2017 are:

- applying a finish to wood in the cold winter weather is very challenging here; I don't have the facilities or warmth that I perceive I need to spray finish on wood in the winter, so I am experimenting with hand rubbed finishing processes... I have hat stands that I turned in 2015 and 2016, and some boxes that I made in a Boorum class that I am using as test subjects.  I am doing the trial run before I apply the finish to my 2017 Williamsburg Spice chest.

- I started a Grandmother's hexagon quilt a long, long time ago, that I am on the last outer row of quilting and then the quilt will be finished and I just have to decide about the pillows! 

So these are the items I have been working on first quarter 2017...  I am hoping to have a couple of photos for the forum by the end of March!  I have to get the quilt finished so I have something to share with my petitpoint friends for show & tell at the Chicago International...

What are you working on?  What do you want to finish?  What do you want to start?

(My humble attempt to get you to post?!!!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rustyclockwork

Hey there! Been busy with the new website (still).


Latest customer project related to this forum is a tiny music box hidden in a 1/12 scale cabinet. I'm not building it, just repairing the mechanism.

Latest personal project is research into a little known aircraft from the first World War, planing on making a 1/3 scale version (with functional engine). Needless to say this is probably one of those 5 to 10 year projects... I have about fifty of those, but this one I've got a good feeling about.

Jason

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Guy Gadois

In response to your request for more postings, here are some pics of a 1:8 scale roll-top desk.  Constructed of Mahogany and Poplar because I already had these materials, but a tighter grain wood should have been used.  Most difficult part to make was the tambour top. The drawers have dovetails but since they were made using an inverse cone cutter, they don't have the correct angle.  I haven't started on the chair yet.

Cheers, Guy

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WeekendMiniaturist

Jason, thank you for answering the call for posts!  I have always wondered about music box mechanisms; I think I have a few that need repair but are not in 1/12th scale miniatures.  I have a Fisher Price record player that I have always wanted to repair, that was a toy for our sons, but I have no idea how the mechanism works.  I think it works like a music box, the records are grooved and it plays music, but someone overwound and it doesn't play the records anymore.... If I remember, Edelweiss on one of those records and I remember the ahah moment as an adult when I realize that the song was from The Sound of Music.  

I wonder if I have the same music box in my collection; it is in a little stand - like a night stand... I have wandered if that was a houseparty gift from one of the NAME events.  

I am amazed by the modelers who build working engines in any scale.  In my participation in the Yahoo Groups Unimat Forum, I discovered that unimat / edelstaal had a steam model engine kit to retrofit a Tonka truck, and that project has landed on my to do list... crazy?  I don't know if I will ever get round to the project, but it sounds like a fun gift to give the youngest son that still appreciates Tonka.

I can relate to 50 projects on the lifetime list!  I hope you have some time in between customers to ponder your long term projects.

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Guy, Did you make your tambour with a cloth back and a series of half round dowels? I understand how to cut a dowel in half, but I wouldn't cut them in half on a table saw, (because I am chicken).  So how did you do the tambour?   Is there any way to alter the angle of the inverse cone with files?  I know I could alter it, I'm just not sure how that alteration will affect my pins when you are machining.  I love dovetails!  Dovetails continue to be in my beautiful mysteries in miniature, and am just thrilled when they go together without huge gaps.  I think if I set out to do a bunch of them I may relieve myself from a lot of anticipated anxiety on the subject; but I haven't tried to solve this one yet.

It is a beautiful desk.  Are you using the plans from James Dorsett in Fine Woodworking or The Scale Cabinetmaker?   Or did you scale from life size plans?  It looks perfectly scaled.   I look forward to the chair.  

 I also like your poplar better then mine; my standard poplar stash that is free to me from husband's scrap pile always seems to have a green cast; I was just at Menards looking at the wood that is shrunk wrapped in plastic; I will have to see if they have something nicer there for my miniatures.

Your cubbies, just reminded me of another unfinished project.  I could work the entire summer on finishing... Just one week away from my departure to the Bishop Show next week!  I will have a long, long list to work on finishing!

 

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To follow-up on my post from a year ago... I did finish the quilt and I think I posted it in the forum.... I bought down for my 1/12th scale pillows from Amazon and tweezered the down into a couple of pillows.

I also did apply the finish to my little spice chest and it finished nicely; but the key... hmmm... where am I on the key; and I need to do-over a couple of drawers that I sanded too much off the depth...So it is close, but not finished!  My hat stands and the boxes from the Boroom's NAME class finished nicely.

I have to make decisions about where I want my photos to reside and then I can update the FMF.

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Guy Gadois

The tambours were backed with a very sticky, thin tape. Seems to be holding well. I tried cloth backing but it allowed too much movement. Yes, I used the plans from The Scale Cabinetmaker. Attached is a pic of a narrow-strip jig which I used to cut the tambours. By adjusting the end piece, different widths of strips  can be attained. The strips were then rounded by using a tiny belt sander from Foredom.

Cheers, Guy

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Bill Hudson

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 1910 Cretors popcorn wagon. Test fitting various parts for alignment.

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WeekendMiniaturist

It is so much fun to see the progress!  

 

 

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