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    • February 11, 2020 12:28 AM EST
    • Thanks Jim, I appreciate the compliments

      Dennis

    • February 11, 2020 12:26 AM EST
    • Peter Lewitzke said:

      Hey Dennis.  I just happened on to your build.  Fantastic modeling (as usual).  Will using the PB replace your famous Magic-Sculp process of the past?  Just wondering.  And thanks for posting.

      Thanks Peter

      Wont replace the magic sculpt, but it will reduce the use of it, this is quicker.

      Dennis

       

    • February 10, 2020 11:51 PM EST
    • Gad I learn a new valuable technique every time I look at one of your builds! I love it! Nice job Dennis!

    • February 10, 2020 11:49 PM EST
    • Hey Dennis.  I just happened on to your build.  Fantastic modeling (as usual).  Will using the PB replace your famous Magic-Sculp process of the past?  Just wondering.  And thanks for posting.

    • February 10, 2020 11:49 PM EST
    • Sorry, double post.

    • February 10, 2020 11:33 PM EST
    • Finished Wall showing with light shining through

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irQwK3][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49519138792_40c90f1132_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irQwK3]IMG_4971[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

    • February 10, 2020 11:30 PM EST
    • Fence made from Redwood all cut on tablesaw

      Drag thin boards backwards on a bandsaw makes a nice way to cut edges to look uneven/rotted.

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irRL4L][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49519378722_179f7c672b_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irRL4L]IMG_4911[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

    • February 10, 2020 11:26 PM EST
    • The wall to hold up the lean too roof

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irMYx2][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518640223_f96e689a0e_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irMYx2]IMG_4912[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irMYoz][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518639733_7b7afdfa3d_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irMYoz]IMG_4913[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irQDo7][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49519161126_bce2248d76_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irQDo7]IMG_4915[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irRKQj][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49519377942_ff525f0654_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irRKQj]IMG_4914[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

    • February 10, 2020 11:20 PM EST
    • Thanks Dan

      Laser

    • February 10, 2020 11:19 PM EST
    • The bolt in the center will hold the roof down, the building does not show the board yet, I will fasten a board something like a ceiling, the front doors open

      so i can put my hand inside to access the wingnut holding the roof on. 

    • February 10, 2020 11:18 PM EST
    • Nice looking roof structure, Dennis.  Do you use a laser or CNC to cut the acrylic?

    • February 10, 2020 11:13 PM EST
    • Here is the rafters for the lean to shed. I cut them out of acrylic 1/16" thick, with the perlins out of 1/8". I notched the rafter to accept the perlin with

      a locked in feature. The complete rafter display uses no glue, the joints fit quite snugly.

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irNwcd][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518746722_34c9cb8625_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irNwcd]IMG_4963[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      The next picture shows what I use sometimes for my roof. I either use a 20Gage carbon steel or a thin aluminum. I use a foof that will turn the water regardless

      how well the roofing (shingles or tarpaper ect) turns the water. This one is the 20 gage steel, I know most people do not have access to equipment to do this procedure.

      This works very well for long lasting roofing systems that will endure all extremes of weathers.

      [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irPoZK][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49518917621_42f22b35c3_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irPoZK]IMG_4961[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

    • February 10, 2020 11:11 PM EST
    • Ingenious, Dennis.  Thanks for sharing.

    • February 10, 2020 10:52 PM EST
    • My chimney needed to be made smaller, it is not easy to cut the parts down SAFELY. I used my table saw with a sled, set for 45 degrees cut, with a special hold down to

      hold down the part safely, then sliding through the blade. 

      The finished chimney can be viewed in the finished models

       [url=https://flic.kr/p/2irQDCq][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49519161956_74501199d3_c.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2irQDCq]IMG_4888[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/56388842@N06/]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

    • February 10, 2020 11:58 PM EST
    • looks pretty good!  (way better than mine)

       

    • February 10, 2020 10:51 PM EST
    • Eric and family, this building will have so much more history in all the hands ( including girl from next door who thinks she lives here) that went in to building it. I think you are the big winner here!!! Great job !!!

    • February 10, 2020 11:40 PM EST
    • Editing thru the pics and noticed this window shot...damm that really looks like the real thing.....

       

      Dave

    • February 10, 2020 11:15 PM EST
    • Yeah, John, all we've had lately is liquid sunshine.  Got liquid moonlight right now 

    • February 10, 2020 11:08 PM EST
    • A few final statistics on this build:

       

      Total Print time = 297 hours

      Total individual print jobs = 109

      Total individual pieces printed = 205

      Total length of filament used = 5,346 feet (just over a mile)

      Total Cost of filament = $96.23 (all in possession before Jan 1, 2020, so it doesn't count toward $30 limit) But still ridiculous.  I could have built the entire project out of wood for free 

       

      I've hinted all along that I didn't think this was an efficient nor productive way to model a project of this size and the above statistics prove that without a doubt.  Is 3D printing a valuable tool for modeling, absolutely.  But it has its limitations with the current printing technologies.  Details, one off parts, tools, small, complicated models and such are ideal for printing but not large scale structures.  I print all sorts of tools for many jobs I do around the house including modeling.  For example, when building the deck for this project I found I needed some more small squares of a specific size.  Took about 2 minutes to create the model and in about an hour I had 8, specifically designed squares ready to use for literally a few pennies.

       

      Many thanks for following along on this project and a special thanks to all those who provided comments and suggestions.