I've been busy the last couple of days :)
I did some more work on the back wall of the ground floor. Here it is, out of context, and in front of the castle kitchen. Man, is my workroom messy!
Here's a view of the rooms before any gluing has happened -- my last "dry fit" run.
Here's a better view of the hallway. The panelling isn't finished, but I'll do that when it's all glued up, because I have to fit some baseboards in situ (because of the thickness of the tile floor, I need to deal with that extra depth.) I love this room -- it's the hallway I've always dreamed of having. Before I glue the stairs into position, I need to paint the wall inside the closet black, or something.
And here's a better view of the parlour. The wallpaper still looks lumpy because it hasn't really dried totally in this picture (although I'll admit, there ARE some lumps!) Again, I'll finish the panelling in situ.
Yesterday evening, I started gluing the ground floor together, which was so exciting!
I glued the left end wall on first, holding it in place until the glue caught -- then taping it down. Then I glued the back piece on. This was more difficult because it's 4 feet long, and I had to use a lot of tape and weights and so forth to keep it in contact with the base and left wall until it set. Then I glued the right hand end on. The foam glues really nicely to the plywood, and everything is pretty solid. There's some wiggle in the foam, of course, but every wall and piece I add from now on will make the structure more rigid.
I knew I'd have a few gaps to fill once I'd glued things together -- in the kitchen because there's a dent at the end of the back wall there, and in other rooms because my panelling isn't exactly precise :)
Here's the fix in the kitchen, where I'm going to have exposed beams anyway. It's a little piece of 1/4" square balsa, painted first, that covers the gap in that back corner nicely.
I glued the first interior wall in place, between the kitchen and the dining room. In the dining room, there's a gap at the back corner of the panelling. I glued another bit of 1/4" square balsa -- I do need to touch this up (or put a screen in front of it :) since I did it in the dark and it's not great! (When will I EVER learn -- don't do stuff in the dark!)
And here's the right hand end of the ground floor. I cut the window hole in the hallway's back wall before gluing. The other windows I've used so far have been standard Houseworks ready-built ones -- this one I have to build myself -- yikes! We'll see how it goes ... :)
After a couple of months of messing about with this structure, knocking over walls and so forth, it's very satisfying to touch it and have it stay in place! I've got lots of patching and bodging up to do, but this is a really happy day for me and the William and Mary House!
Love to you all,
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