WeekendMiniaturist Posted October 28, 2019 Share Posted October 28, 2019 Before Ray and Scott retired they offered kits, and I ordered a kit at the Chicago International Show. The delay was getting the kit and then obtaining a box, but our son cut my 3/8" Medium Density Overlay Plywood for me in August 2019, and while the box is not assembled, I can now begin the floors. I have been avoiding this task of making the floor for a while... as the instructions are slightly overwhelming... The instructions require manual cutting of wallpaper with an exacto knife, and there is no extra wallpaper for the floors... this is a 1x operation, no practice and a little intimidating for the person who usually makes three of everything the first time I make something on my own. While the cut sheet clearly indicates exactly how to cut this out with a very nice visual layout and documented cut sheet, there are a lot of tiny pieces. I feel a really strong necessity to do this particular project with a machine. My ability to cut a straight measured 1/8" strip of wallpaper is humbling. Give me a saw and a fence and I can do this. An exacto knife? What was I thinking, I know this is not one of my natural skills. I have searched for their marble wallpaper online, and without actually going to a wallpaper store to look through actual samples I will test my cutting capabilities with other wallpaper first, as I have never done this before... it is most interesting to learn how they created these floors. At this point I'm thinking class would have been priceless and I should have spent the money - oh well, no going back now, and are they really retired from classes? Please, please, I hope retirement isn't true! I have my WB Roombox base in the middle of my living room floor right now, and I laid out the floors yesterday in drafting software. My points of my squares on their point must be off a degree or two, so I need to edit this and snap it to 45 degrees in the software. I printed it to adobe on 11x17 paper so I could cut it out and see what size this is truly supposed to be. It was definitely extra work but the drawing was not to scale, and also did not find the magic number to enlarge it to in any instructions. This has definitely given me some anxiety and since the floors are the first thing I was supposed to do, I used this as a great excuse not to start. Now that this is drawn in software my next step is to ignore the instructions to use an exacto knife to cut and get out my Bosskut Gazelle and send the files to a drag knife for an accurate machine cut. I am pleased after getting the kit contents out and going through it that my printed drafts are the correct size. I also went to our local makerspace and learned to use their laser, but I'm not convinced that I want these charcoal lines at this time, as they are not visible in their floor photos. I joined the makerspace 8/12/2019, and at this point while not an expert in using a laser, I think I can muddle through my own projects now. I am looking forward to making some leg templates soon. The item that most attracted me to this room box is the ceiling, the colors are perfect, a natural light creme and black and white... "Bond Street" was a very clear reference to shopping on Bond Street in London. Since 2019 was my first trip to the UK, it seems the time to indulge and work on the box is now, as our life size kitchen remodel phase 1 is close to its finish, and we only have some finishing details to complete before the Family Holidays. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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