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  1. Didn’t think of grid paper need to get some
  2. obviously i haven't finished the cabinets yet either which is why some are still light colored do you draw plans up when making things from scratch? I do simple ones to size this is the one i drew for the bookcases
  3. The doors are done just not hinged yet having a little fun stacking and restacking the units I made a four unit bookshelf and a two unit chest of drawers
  4. I have bought from Bell Forest Products before they are good as well. Good selection of exotic woods but not in the real small dollhouse size. The bookcases you have are often called barrister bookcases they are, essentially, a version of campaign furniture. On the real sets each shelf unit is a separate box that detaches from the others as does the base and top. The modern reproductions often have the look, sort of, but they are often one piece construction. They were invented for traveling barristers to hold their law books back when some lawyers and judges travelled a circuit. The front when closed would hold the books in place and the shelves could be taken apart, books and all, and stacked in a wagon to travel to the next town, then reassembled quickly and easily. Add in a pedestal desk with removable top and a few chairs and the entire judges office could be put in a wagon and carried to the next town center for him to hold court. Often made from oak, and with brass hardware and handles on the sides, they were not only flexible, being able to customize the number of shelves by merely stacking them higher, but both portable and attractive. So they migrated from barristers to regular offices and even homes. Typically glass fronted there are also ones with drawers, wood fronts, desk unit with a drop down writing surface and pigeon holes inside, etc. They served not only as bookcases but to hold collectibles in the home.
  5. yes it is more subtle in person looks quite good actually
  6. Cherry frame with Deft Satin lacquer. I stippled on Liquitex Gloss medium to give the painting some texture and body then two coats of Liquitex Matte Varnish to tone it down. It looks a little glossy in the photo but that is mostly the lighting.
  7. look here and you can see what i am trying to loosely copy and my progress so far
  8. I buy a lot of my wood here https://northeasternscalelumber.com/shop/ this place is more specialized and offers all type of woods http://shgoode.com/ i have been working on glass fronted book cases where the glass is 1"x3" this might be too small for you but the idea is basically the same. Do you have an example of what you want the final to look like?
  9. yes will give them the old hard boiled egg treatment
  10. I had some custom designed and "printed" in bronze by shapeways to use as masters. I will have copies lost wax cast in brass. Shapeways actually prints a wax model and then lost wax casts it in bronze. When cast I plan to treat them a little to add a natural patina to the metal Attached is a picture of a few of the doors I am making. They are 1/16 and 1/8 wide 1/32 strip. You can see the lip on the inside for the glass to fit in and the gap in the upper corners for the hinges. The microscope cover slides are 1" x 3" so I literally build each door around one using a magnetic building board and clamping and glueing each strip in place
  11. Hi Lee I am making my own hinges from brass rod and tubing. For pulls I bought some 1/24 scale door knobs which look about right for 1/12 scale pulls. The hinge will be a tiny piece of tubing mounted on the door and a long brass rod with an "L" shape at the end that will go into the tube. Then mounted in the case is another short length of tube that the rod will go into. So the door will pivot up and then slide back into the case (in theory anyway although I did mock up a test one and it worked). I plan on using a 1/32 piece of cherry sheet to cover it all up and provide a shelf for the door to sit on when it is pushed in. Would love to see pictures of yours I am collecting pics of vintage ones to use for inspiration. One thing I like is since the base and top aren't glued on I can swap them out for different ones, say ones without a side overhang so I could make a "wall of shelves". I am making them from cherry with madrone burl veneer for the top. For the finish I am trying something different. I made a stain from an old recipe I found in a 1908 book on woodworking consisting of powdered alkanet root and dragons blood dissolved in alcohol which gives the cherry a deep red color (dragons blood was used by the old violin makers in their varnish to give it that deep red violin look and alkanet dissolved in oil is an old time gun stock finish) and then spray Deft satin lacquer. I wanted to avoid an oil finish as they will have books on them and oil finishes never completely seem to dry. I am also working up some bookends to go on top. They will have a cast "marble" base (marble powder and dental plaster mix) and cast sphinx sculptures on top. I am waiting on the correct sized bases and some additional sphinx castings from Shapeways before I send them off to be cast but here are some preliminary shots (the bases are being redone to be longer and narrower)
  12. I like the mix and match idea of them. Each section has a board on the bottom that fits into an opening on the section below. Even the top and base are made the same way. So I could use three shelf units, three drawer units, two drawer units and three shelf units, whatever is needed. I am also working up a drop down desk unit and a matching pedestal desk as well I am working on the doors now. I am using microscope cover slides for glazing which is really thin glass and building the frame up from 1/32 x 1/16 and 1/8 strips. The glass is about 1/32 thick so it fits nicely. I have tested some hinge ideas where you can pull the front of the drawer up and then slide it about 1/3 of it's length back into the case so we will see how it all works out. I am sort of basing them on the plan above and some of this although theirs are a bit different https://jansenfurniture.com/products/combination-7/
  13. Been working on some barrister style bookcases. Bottom shelf unit will be two drawers the next two up will have glass fronts. Modular they come apart into each shelf component and you can mix and match as well as make them taller or shorter. Will post some more photos later but here are a few in progress shots
  14. Yes the Japanese wood block prints translate really well in this scale (bottom row) can’t wait to assemble one. The colors are so vibrant when I toss in Asian art, Persian miniatures, Greco-Roman art and sculpture, architecture, pottery, and on and on I could easily see the series going over 200 books
  15. Definitely will post pics. But it’s hard to flip through the pages of a photo together a feel for how it is
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