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Posted March 24, 2014 - 03:35 PM

We were watching the movie - Fried Green Tomatoes - last week and my wife said " you need that Whistle Stop Cafe on you railroad ".

Here is a photo from the movie of the cafe.

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These are some photos of how the building looks today.
About the only difference is it no longer has the white siding around the base of the brick porch pillars.  

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Starting with the base cut from 1/4 inch OSB.
The side walls are cut from 1/8 inch paneling and glued to the base.

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The roof sections are glued together with tape to hold them in place.

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Strip wood is glued to the sides of the roof to hide the rough edge of the paneling.

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The front porch is cut from OSB and strip wood is also glued to the sides to give it a smooth finish.

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A piece of 1/16 thick balsa wood is cut to fit the porch.
Then grooves are scribed into it to form " boards ".
This is then glued to the top of the porch.

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Posted March 24, 2014 - 04:15 PM

That building has a similar look to the car sales office you did recently. It should fit right in. Thanks for posting. I enjoy seeing your building process and the final results are always nice! 


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Posted March 24, 2014 - 04:56 PM

Nice. How are going to do the brick work ? Noel


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Posted March 24, 2014 - 05:01 PM

This is gonna be cool! Go for it Ray!


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Posted March 24, 2014 - 05:04 PM

Nice. How are going to do the brick work ? Noel

I use a brick pattern printed out on paper and glued to the wood.


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Posted March 24, 2014 - 05:35 PM

Smart idea. Noel
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Posted March 24, 2014 - 05:38 PM

I've eaten lunch there several times.  There used to be an MC museum on the other side of the tracks but it didn't make it.  There are several old buildings (like the Cafe) on the other side of the street that has stores in most of them.  Just about any weekend you see more MC's then you do anything else around there.


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Posted March 24, 2014 - 07:38 PM

I never paid attention to the building in the movie. Interesting structure.


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Posted March 24, 2014 - 10:47 PM

Very cool can't wait to see it finished and placed, Thanks


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Posted March 25, 2014 - 09:36 AM

This will be another nice project to follow. I always wondered why they built the front porch the way they did. Some weird angles on this one. Have you decided whether or not to put the siding on the lower section of the piers? 


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Posted March 25, 2014 - 09:44 AM

This will be another nice project to follow. I always wondered why they built the front porch the way they did. Some weird angles on this one. Have you decided whether or not to put the siding on the lower section of the piers? 

 

They made it that way because of the way the property is.  It is sandwiched between a road and railroad tracks.  The tracks are only a few feet way from the cafe.  If you ever get to eat here save room for their apple pie ala-mode! You won't regret it, until you try to button you pants. :smilewink:


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Posted March 25, 2014 - 05:54 PM

Because I use printed paper on the outside walls of the buildings that I build, I make them so the roof is removable.
This allows me to paint the underside of the eaves easily and also allows the paper siding to be wrapped over the top of the walls and glued to the inside.
I also wrap the paper siding down under the bottom so there isn't any exposed paper edge at the top or bottom

This is typical of how the bracing looks on the inside of the roofs.

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I also make the porch and porch roofs removable.
This makes it easier to paper the side walls and easier to paint the porch.
This porch has a "tab" that fits into a notch in the base of the building.
The porch is fastened to the building by a screw that goes up thru the tab.

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Here is the base of the porch roof.    
It has a block of wood fastened to it where it fits to the front of the building.
The roof section will be fastened to the wall by two screws that go into that block of wood.

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Here you can see the notch in the base to attach the porch and the two screw holes above the window openings for the screws to attach the porch roof.

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Here is how the underside of the porch roof looks with it fit to the building.
The screws heads in the underside will be filled with wood putty and smoothed over before the roof it painted.

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Starting to cut and fit the pieces for the porch roof.
I put a piece of wax paper between the porch roof and the building wall to keep any excess glue from sticking the roof to the wall.

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The porch roof is built.  It has some strange angles in it to make it fit right.

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Here is how the building looks so far with the porch and porch roof attached.

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Posted March 25, 2014 - 06:45 PM

Looking at these photos, I just realized that I screwed op on the porch roof.
If you look closely at the photos of the real building, you can see that the left side of the porch roof comes straight out from the building roof line for a little bit before is angles over.

The porch roof on the model starts to angle right from the building roof right now.
I just removed that section of the porch roof and I'll re-build it correctly tomorrow.

 

If I don't correct that area of the porch roof, the brick pillar on that corner will not line up with the roof correctly.


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Posted March 26, 2014 - 08:21 AM

The left side of the porch roof is corrected.

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Posted March 26, 2014 - 08:45 AM

Good save there, Ray!


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