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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted February 11, 2013 - 10:44 AM

This project will be building a row of three buildings for a downtown area.
I'm starting with three different cornice moldings for the top of the buildings.
These determine how wide each building will be.

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The three buildings will be a cafe on the left, a bank in the center and a hardware store on the right.
The cafe will have a glass front with a glass panel that wraps around the corner.
These "store fronts" are available as a kit.

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This is how they look when assembled.

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Assembling the store front sections together.

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The bank will have an elaborate Victorian style entrance.
That is also available as a kit.
Here it is all put together.

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Here are some of the other windows and doors that will be used on this project.

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I like to use 1/2 inch plywood for a nice strong base on my buildings.
On this project though the hardware store will have a loading dock out the back so I need some sort of base that I can glue the support post too for the loading dock.
Also the cafe is going to have some interior details like tables & chairs and maybe a counter so the floor has to be lower than the 1/2 inch plywood.

After I cut out the 1/2 inch plywood base I then cut out another section out of 1/8 inch paneling.
This section of paneling will be glued to the underside of the plywood base and provide the area on the back of the hardware store to glue support post too.
It will also be the floor of the cafe.

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The floor section for the cafe is cut out so it can be removed from the rest of the base.
This is to make it easier to put the interior details in the cafe and the store front will be glued to it.
Then this section can be assembled onto the row of buildings ( like I did with the radio store front on the last building ).

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Part of the cafe floor will slide under the 1/2 inch base wood and can then be attached to the base with flathead countersunk screws to hold it in place.

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Edited by jdcrawler, February 11, 2013 - 10:47 AM.

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Posted February 11, 2013 - 10:48 AM

Cool! More neat stuff to follow! Lead on, Ray!


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Posted February 11, 2013 - 11:20 AM

Cool! More neat stuff to follow! Lead on, Ray!

 

 

That's almost exactly what I said, when I saw the thread title.

 

Have you picked which bank?

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Posted February 11, 2013 - 11:45 AM

Ray, I will be watching along to see how it turns out, I'm sure it will be awesome like always. :thumbs:


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Posted February 12, 2013 - 08:05 AM

Here is the store front section for the cafe.
The 1/2 inch thick wood at the top of the windows will have a couple of screws threaded into to it to fasten the  top of this section to the building.

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Posted February 12, 2013 - 08:35 AM

That's a good looking entryway! This will be very interesting to follow!


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Posted February 12, 2013 - 09:06 AM

I always enjoy "watching" you work Ray.


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Posted February 12, 2013 - 02:18 PM

Can't wait


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Posted February 12, 2013 - 09:40 PM

Sitting in my best comfortable chair, drink is poured, and ready to follow along Ray. Can't wait to see how this one turns out!


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Posted February 12, 2013 - 09:50 PM

The walls for the bank are all cut out and assembled along with the back wall on the cafe.

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Here is the back of the building so far.

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The store front section for the cafe slides in place next to the bank.

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Posted February 13, 2013 - 04:35 AM

Looking good, Ray! I like it!


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Posted February 13, 2013 - 05:59 PM

Looks good Ray, keep it up, we enjoy seeing the progress.


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Posted February 13, 2013 - 10:22 PM

Looking good as always Ray!! I admire your detail. :thumbs:


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Posted February 16, 2013 - 02:32 PM

The side walls are finished on the buildings on either side of the bank.
I used wax-paper on the top of the cafe store front section to keep any glue from sticking to it so the store front can be removed.

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The apartments over the bank and the hardware store are accessible from the outside at the back of the hardware store.   
There is a landing that both of the entry doors use.

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This landing is also made so it can be removed.
It sets right up under the door sills and is held in place with one screw.
The landing is going to be painted a flat black so the screw won't hardly show.

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The corners are notched out of the landing so support post for the railing can be glued on the corners.

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The support post have notches cut into them for the railing to fit into.

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Here is a section of railing and a support post fit together.

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The railing and support post are glued to the landing.

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Here's how it looks mounted on the building.

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Next was to glue the stairs to the side of the landing.

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Here is the finished stairs and landing mounted on the building.
There is a small "concrete" pad at the bottom of the stairs.

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Edited by jdcrawler, February 16, 2013 - 03:32 PM.

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Posted February 16, 2013 - 07:42 PM

I like how those stairs lined up on the back of the buildings, looks excellent.


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