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Jeff Church

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  1. The plan for shipping it is to put it by its self in a uhaul trailer and bolting it to the floor of the trailer. The base has steel threaded cleats I put it with shipping in mind. Then my parents are going to drive it to Natitoches La where my niece lives. She does know its coming. I get emails from her asking how its going and she has played with it over the years as I was building it. One thing that slowed its construction was they didn't have a place to put it. Now she has a room where it can live. Anyone got hints on how to best ship these things? Should I tape doors closed etc.. I would guess its weight at around 200lbs. I can just pick one end of it off the table. Jeff
  2. 5 years 2 months and I am finished. I stared in January 2009 and finished March 2014. Here are the finished pictures. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24370911@N08/sets/72157642486683424/ All that is left is to ship it to her. Jeff PS does any one need any of the light plugins. I have 10 for a good home.
  3. I put my first light in. It worked great. 100_9280 by churchjw, on Flickr 100_9281 by churchjw, on Flickr Nine more to go. For the others I will have to make custom brass medallions to go on the ceiling to hide the wire. This one had a large enough one that I could use the one it came with it. I will post the others as I get them in. Jeff
  4. Working on putting the lights in. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24370911@N08/10257646794/ Here is the control box. I want it to look like a storm cellar. Its a rats nest right now this is just the first fitting to get everything in place. The wires will get sorted, shortened, and have a plug put on them. You can see in the box there are micro switches (light blue) for each room. There will be a master on/off switch but these will let you control the individual rooms. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24370911@N08/10257787766/ The board is attached to the bottom of the house with a 3/8" thick piece of aluminum. You can pick the house up with it. I don't want it getting knocked off the house. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24370911@N08/10370525275/ Here is another shot of the board. It will be powered by a 6volt wall supply. It plugs in on the front of the box. I will add a copper spout over the hole later. You can see the switches here and the safety fuse. The brass flower pot sitting there is the on/off switch. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24370911@N08/10448510573/ Started with a standard rotary switch. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24370911@N08/10448317734/ Made a base that threaded onto the switch. The base is supposed to look like drip tray under the pot. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24370911@N08/10448336516/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/24370911@N08/10448316794/ This is it mounted on a test scrap of wood to get the fit right. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24370911@N08/10448510463/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/24370911@N08/10448509613/ Next I made the pot. I took reference angles and sizes from a terra cotta pot I had in the shop. The set screw holds it to the switch shaft and will be to the back facing the house. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24370911@N08/10448315884/ I will put flowers in it when its all done. Next I need to take it all apart and wire the connectors in. Then I will need to pick out lights. Anyone know a good source for lights that are not $200 a piece? Jeff
  5. Yea the roof is done. I decided to not put a patina on it just leave it copper. If my niece wants to she can always add it later. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24370911@N08/sets/72157634823881550/ Last thing is to add the lights. Need to find the ones I want make a control board and a housing for the board to hide it. Anyone know a good source for Victorian lighting that is not $250.00 a room. Jeff
  6. I am using e6000 glue to attach the shingles. Its a lot like silicone caulk very sticky and a little flexible when it drys. I did some test and the wood ripped before the copper/wood bond broke. I think I will let it age naturally. Should get a nice penny brown out of it. The singles are all on now. I need to add corner trim and a little trim at the top and the roof will be done. After that its on to the lighting and lighting controls. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24370911@N08/sets/72157634015781418/ Jeff
  7. Another round of putting shingles on. I am starting to think it would have been easier to roof a real house. 100_8412 by churchjw, on Flickr 100_8414 by churchjw, on Flickr 100_8415 by churchjw, on Flickr Here it is 2/5ths done. 100 + shingles to go. 100_8417 by churchjw, on Flickr 100_8413 by churchjw, on Flickr Here is the workshop in process. Including a stack of shingles ready to go on. 100_8416 by churchjw, on Flickr Here is the die to make them. 100_8418 by churchjw, on Flickr Here it is loaded with a piece of copper. 100_8419 by churchjw, on Flickr After a trip through the press. 100_8420 by churchjw, on Flickr And out pops a tab of shingles ready to be trimmed and glued in place. Now just repeat 200 times. Jeff
  8. One step closer. I finally got the die the way I wanted to make the shingles. Here is the first fitting just to see how they are going to look. The blue painters tape is just to hold it in place to get an idea. The shingles will be glued in place. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24370911@N08/sets/72157633724182453/ The shingles are 28ga copper and are pressed in sets of 5 wide. The pressings are 3.5" wide and 1.25" tall. Should take about 210 pressings for the entire roof. Jeff
  9. Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The lights and shingles are all that are left. LoL such little things http://www.flickr.com/photos/24370911@N08/sets/72157632616071069/show/ The hard part was getting the back flat. Took days with a sander, bondo, and long straight edge. Not perfect but its close. Wish I had a 60" wide belt sander. Would have made it so much easier. Jeff
  10. Front porch rails. Got the bottom rails put on today. Someone asked how these were made. I drew them on CAD and cut them out of popular 1/8 inch plywood using a laser cutter. I have the top rail almost finished. Still trying to figure out exactly how I am attaching it. I am thinking of using dowels through the porch. The top posts will get brass turning tops. Jeff
  11. I am starting to look at porch rails. Here is the first mock up for my idea, They will get a cap hand rail and set about 1/8" off the porch deck. Would love to get feed back on how it looks with the rest of the house. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24370911@N08/sets/72157630652506214/
  12. Starting to mock up the front porch rails. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24370911@N08/sets/72157630504933302/
  13. Thanks. I think they turned out great. They are made out of .375 thin walled hard drawn copper tubing. I cut it length wise on the mill to make two matched halves. The parts are silver soldered together then polished. Jeff
  14. Thanks for the comments on the door knobs. They are faceted tourmaline 5mm rounds. Since tourmaline comes in a wide range of colors we matched the color to the room. The 5mm rounds are almost exactly the right size in scale for glass door knobs. I made the bases for them out of 4mm brass hex stock and turned them on the lathe to get the contour to match real door knobs from the time. I picked up a milk crate size box of the little plastic spring clamps and a yard sale a few years ago for $1.00 must be a 100 of them. They come in real handy. I found building this that several large rare earth magnets work great as clamps. They can hold parts deep into a room trough the wall while the glue dries. Jeff
  15. I fixed doorknobs, I think. Try and see if it works and let me know what doesn't work. Thanks for the encouragement on the time it takes. Jeff
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