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  1. Well thanks guys. Encouraging that there are options. I'm just worried that every connection at least in the upper level is going to go like this! Fingers crossed. At least there are some things to try now.
  2. Hi everyone, It has been a few years since I've been on the forum. I was working on wiring the Arthur, ran into a frustration point, and life got busy, but... time to finish this project (or at least make progress again!). To avoid trying to pound an eyelet into the weak upstairs wall of the Arthur I tried using a manual drill someone suggested, but the eyelet connections are really loose and there is not electrical connection in the joined wire because I couldn't hold the drill steady enough (I did try to use the block of wood that came with the drill for support). Is there anything
  3. I used wood glue, and wasn't pounding hard at all. The upper wall just isn't held in by much at this point since the joint with the lower wall is just a straight line and the joint with the side walls also doesn't stick into any other wood part like the other walls and floors do. The roof is not complete yet, because I want to add the wallpaper before I secure it in place. I'm sure having a secured roof would add stability to the wall, but since this is my first time installing wallpaper too I'm hesitant to complete the roof at this stage. If you add staples how do you trim or hide t
  4. Hi everyone, I'm sure this may have come up before, but I haven't found it in my search so here goes- When I started trying to add tape wire and hammer in eyelets in the back wall of my Arthur, I noticed that the glue began to come loose around the walls, and I have been stalled on my build ever since. Does anyone have ideas for how to keep the back walls that are less structurally integrated stable when hammering on the house? I'm very stuck. I don't want to permanently damage the house. I thought about wiring mostly from the floor which seems more stable, but I'd also like
  5. Aww... I miss that house! I had it as a kid. Yours looks great!
  6. I found cutting things square much harder than just cutting straight, and I learned the hard way how not to do it. I started making some mini furniture earlier this year and thought it would be no problem to just cut along the lines I traced from pattern using a razor saw. I spent weeks cutting out all the pieces and in the end I don't think a single piece of the 20 I cut actually went together like it was supposed to. I did a lot of sanding and guess work, and I've temporarily abandoned that particular project... However, I've since found a really helpful set of instructions on a blog,
  7. Hello everyone, I'm in the middle of my first build (Santa's workshop in an Arthur) and have some project specific questions about the order of next steps. I have built the house as far as adding the front portion of the roof (but not the gable roof or the cutaway part that looks into the house, and I have not built the porch yet. I do not plan to add the stairs between the floors so that I will have more space for decorating. Here are some other plans specific to my questions- -I plan to add electricity (tapewire) and plan to add a few outlets inside and then a few outside so I can
  8. Endless possibilities for things to create and no deadlines or pressure! I spend all day taking care of or teaching small children and it's nice to have some quiet project time away from everyone at the end of the day. Also I'm randomly obsessed with looking at real estate listings online, and now I can call it research...
  9. Fountain pens made of casein plastic are really nice and often really pretty because the plastic takes dye really well. They have held up well over time much better than the celluloid stuff from before which is almost all stained (My dad repairs old fountain pens as a hobby, and I remember seeing lots of stained celluloid). I don't know if casein plastic stains also, but I don't remember this as distinctly. I bet this video is showing a try at home version of a complex process though. As I've looked at some more websites I keep reading about casein plastic taking a full year to cure, whereas
  10. kemck

    Shutters & Door

    Neat! These turned out great. Definitely a nice detail, looks very polished
  11. Thanks everyone, I'm feeling a bit better now. I had my husband fit it with me, and it just took two people to get things lined up, though the front roof had to gap to make the back go together. (phew). I do have one more tab to cut down in the back, but I'm more encouraged now. I may just have to wait to glue those back roofs at the center. You did that, Holly, right? Did you have to do anything special to get them to stay?
  12. Hello, I've been reading all the construction blogs on the Arthur. Many show the roof magically appearing or show it easily going together. Mine is not going together at all now, and has been a challenge from the first dry fit. I finally (thought I) had things working, and to be forward thinking I had dry fit the back roof to the house every time I glued other parts of the house together, thinking this would ensure that it fit later. (I may or may not have put this part on upside down by accident during the early stages, so maybe that messed things up??) Well it doesn't fit now. On my
  13. Thanks for the detailed advice, Sable! I'm feeling more confident to try it now!
  14. Yes! That's what I was trying to say, they always seem to curl at the bottom in pictures! I'm a little nervous about the 15 minute work time with the liquid nails glue. do you focus on the edges or cover the whole surface?
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