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    • January 16, 2020 10:37 AM EST
      • Ormond Beach, Fl. 32174
         
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      Could be my cracker house, nice, Bill

    • January 16, 2020 3:22 PM EST
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         Great start, and from what I've read....your build looks more durable and stable than the original cracker houses!

       

       

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    • January 17, 2020 10:21 PM EST
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      Day 7

      Thanks for the comments guys.

       

      Well been pretty slow, we had a storm blow through and knock down power lines on Wednesday night, so have been living on generator and camp stove until this morning.  Way to cold and dark to work in the shop but got a little bit done this afternoon.

       

      The roof panels are cut and fit, with the test chimney, these will be removable for future access. The porch posts, I decided to go with three instead of the four on the mockup, are installed.  The posts are fastened solid at the top and use a centered alighnment pin to hold them in place at the bottom, they will lift off with the ceiling/gable panel.

       

      Here you can see the ceiling panel with the posts and the alignment pins. Also the wiring for the lights that goes down through the building to underneath.  I installed a mini plug so the ceiling panel can be completely seperated from the box. Thinking of the best way to mount the 9V battery for the lights I believe I came up with a pretty good solution, more on that later.

      Hopefully the power will stay on now, snow level is supposed to raise off the valley floor.

    • January 17, 2020 11:08 PM EST
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      hate to hear about the weather woes, Rick. Maybe it will warm up a bit for ya. The building is coming along fine. What are the walls made of?  It looks like some type of plywood. 

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    • January 18, 2020 3:56 PM EST
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      Snow?  Explain.... (He says while suffering through a 72 degree cold snap!).

       

      This is looking really great!

      - Eric

    • January 18, 2020 5:25 PM EST
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      Eric Mueller said:

      Snow?  Explain.... (He says while suffering through a 72 degree cold snap!).

       

      This is looking really great!

      - Eric

      It's that white fluffy stuff that falls out of the sky. Send me your address, I'll mail you some...........

      I was making a delivery in Pompano Beach Fl one time on a 70 degree morning and this guy comes out of the guard shack dressed like Nanook of the North. I guess he was expecting a blizzard.........

       

       

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    • January 18, 2020 6:14 PM EST
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      Them southern folks do not know what cold weather really is. I guess they have thinner blood living down there.

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    • January 18, 2020 7:10 PM EST
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      Dan Hilyer said:

      hate to hear about the weather woes, Rick. Maybe it will warm up a bit for ya. The building is coming along fine. What are the walls made of?  It looks like some type of plywood. 

       

      Dan, it is a 3/16 hardwood plywood that they call/sell as, underlayment, used to get a smooth finish on the floor before floor coverings.  I like it for 2 reasons it is solid, no voids, and it is cheap, usually 10-14 bucks a 4x8 sheet.  I can use it because I don't leave my buildings out all Winter.  By sealing it good with Titebond III as discussed in another thread recently I have no problems if it catches a shower or two during the running season.

       

    • January 18, 2020 7:27 PM EST
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      Local big box has it for $16 a sheet (4x8).  Thanks.

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    • January 19, 2020 7:35 PM EST
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      Day 9

      Only one side left to glue Popsickle sticks to.  These craft sticks look so uniform in the package but when you start trying to use them the dimensions are all over the place. Gonna take a lot of sanding to bring these down to a fairly even surface.  These are Birch or some similar hardwood, I'm use to working with nice soft stuff like Cedar and Redwood

       

       

      Got the chimney all cut down, assembled, painted and the weathering started.  At this point it is ready to attach to the building then do the final details like flashing and mastic, gotta have lots of black mastic smeared around all the places that water leaks in

      I was going to use black roofing felt cut into shingle strips for the roof but I found a partial bag of doll house wood shakes in some stuff I got a while back, looks to be enough of them so I think the station will get a shake roof.

      Thanks for taking a look

       

    • January 19, 2020 7:38 PM EST
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      Nice paint job and details on your chimney!

    • January 19, 2020 7:41 PM EST

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      Jim Rowson said:

      Looks like you got a lot done to me!

      Keep your eye on him Jim to make sure he don't cheat !

          

    • January 19, 2020 9:46 PM EST
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      OK.... two Bonus Points awarded to Rick, for best looking cut down ( all on his own ) Chimney....

       

       

      Dave

       

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    • January 19, 2020 9:46 PM EST
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      Rick, the unevenness of the Popsicle sticks gives a very rustic look, fine by me but may not be the look you're going for.  Love the cap on the chimney and the paint job is very realistic.  

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    • January 19, 2020 10:08 PM EST
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      Dave Taylor said:

      OK.... two Bonus Points awarded to Rick, for best looking cut down ( all on his own ) Chimney....

       

       

      Dave

       

         And two more bonus points for a GREAT paint job. Way to go, Rick.

       

       

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    • January 19, 2020 10:11 PM EST
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      Great job on your paint job on chimney

      Dennis

    • January 20, 2020 3:36 AM EST
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      These craft sticks look so uniform in the package but when you start trying to use them the dimensions are all over the place. Gonna take a lot of sanding to bring these down to a fairly even surface.

      I ran into the same thing with the freight house I rebuilt and I cut all them myself. I just ran it over the belt sander and that evened them up a lot. 

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    • January 22, 2020 9:59 PM EST
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      Day 12

       

      Thought I would cut some Redwood for the freight platform/porch.  This is what old growth Redwood looks like, I have a few chunks of this that was taken from an old water tank.  I don't know if it was a railroad tank or just a regular water tank, Dad didn't say, but it is some beautiful wood.  You can see on the near end where it was chamfered and on the right side where it was taper cut for the tank diameter. 

       

      The deck laid and ready for final sanding.

       

      All the siding and trim is complete and ready for paint, well except for the doors and windows.

       

      I was going to use asphalt shingles on this build but I found a partial bag of Cedar shingles that I got in a bunch of stuff a while back.  Looks like there is enough to do the job so I'm going to use them.  They call them shingles but actually they are shakes, which is even a better fit for the local and era of my building.

       

      Thanks for following along.

      More later

    • January 22, 2020 10:04 PM EST
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      Here I thought I was being sinful for using aromatic cedar. Here you go and use old growth aged redwood. It is pretty. Nice work all around

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