Monday, August 22, 2011

Still working....

Not much new to show though, since I have been to the Dollshouse Club yesterday.  I can't do more spray painting, because it's raining, so I'll show you the pictures of the completed boxes and handle bar.  All I need to do now is wait for the correct hinges (I am short of one pair) and then I can finish off the wooden parts.  I am also thinking of buying new hinges for the smaller box.  I do have a pair that'll fit, but they are not the nice triangular hinges that are used for the original.  Well, in the end you'll find out what I have decided upon. :-)

Ready to be assembled

The 'stay' is not correctly placed, but tha's because I have not fixed any hinges yet
I guess the next step is making lots of bread and rusks before I can go back to my florist....

Since I welcomed a large number of new followers the other day (22 to be precise) I discovered two more.  So, a warm welcome to

Paky from Spain at Paquicheli's blog and Gleise, who doesn't appear to have one.  If you do, please let me know and I will tell the world. :-)

See you next time with a new update when the rain has stopped.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Nearly finished

Although we both have been working hard today, I haven't much to show for it.  It was repetitive work mostly for me: sanding, staining, sanding, painting, more sanding, more painting........pfff.....  However, I am happy with the results so far.

Hubbie has been working on the bike part of course.  More soldering for him, but his part is as good as finished.  I have spray-painted the parts and with a bit of luck we can start assembling tomorrow.

The first coat done, although you can't see much yet

Sanding in between coats of stain

One of the holders for the steering bar

The bike parts after a coat of spray paint
 I also would like to thank my followers for the nice comments.  Hobbying I do for myself, the blog is there to share with you about my hobby, so it's nice to see that people are interested.  I have noticed too that I have so many more followers than before I went on my three-month holiday.  I have to welcome you all together and do so today, because I lack the time to list so many in one go.  Of course I am interested in all your blogs too, but will go and have a look when I have a few spare moments.  I also have to wait till next month, because I have already reached my limit with my provider and all this is going to cost me...! :-(

So, a warm welcome to all my new followers and be assured I am interested in your blogs as well.  I will get to it, I promise. :-)

For now, that's it.  Tomorrow it's our monthly meeting day at the Brisbane Miniatures club and I have to prepare the workshop tonight.  I don't think I'll be able to work on the project, but you'll see me again soon enough (I hope)....

Bye for now.

Friday, August 19, 2011

More work on the latest project

Just a quick update on the bread delivery cart.  Yes, we've been working hard today (after we'd both done the boring household chores!)  Frank kept cutting and soldering and burning his fingers (and saying a few words I pretended not to hear), and I kept cutting, and sawing and sanding and nearly (very nearly) also said a word I shouldn't have.... ;-)

And here are the results:

sanding the little box

on the table saw cutting through the sides (partially) to produce a lidded box

cutting the lid off the box

the lid and box separated

if you're a perfectionist like me you see a little mistake

just a different view

the big and small boxes together

the side insets to keep the lid in place

the inserts glued in and the metal stay fixed in place

the bike being soldered together to hold the box

the front wheels attached temporarily

just wanted to see what it's going to look like....
And that's it for today.  I am going to sit in front of the box.  You know which one...........

Bye for now

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A new project

I am taking a short break from my work on the florist's and have started on a project I have been planning to do since the year 2000!  It's an old fashioned bread delivery cart from one of the miniature magazines I subscribe to:

Can you see it?  It's the one at the bottom in the centre.  The magazine was published just as I was holidaying oversees with my brother and SIL.  The latter lost her father when she was young and he was a baker who used to deliver his own bread in a similar cart to this.  She's got a picture of him with his cart on the wall and I thought this would make a nice present.  So, 11 years later, I have finally started!

Luckily I'd bought the bikes that I needed at the time.  They were sold at a special shop where goods from third world countries are sold and they are no longer available.  Lucky I got them back then.

My other half, better at soldering then I am, promised to help me out and he is taking care of the bikes:

They both had to be cut in half, because I need two wheels for the front.  The other half of one of them is being modified to be used with the box.  I think the other incomplete half will have to go to a shed sometime in the future....

In the meantime I have started on the big box and the small one that will be attached to it.  The top of the big one that will contain the bread, is drying now with very sophisticated clamps:

The smaller one, which is meant to keep 'beschuiten' (rusks in English) is also drying, but I could fit that one in my glue jig:

So, there's not much to be seen yet, but at least I have made a start.  Will keep you posted.

Bye for now.