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Jeff Church
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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

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I put my first light in. It worked great.

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100_9280 by churchjw, on Flickr
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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
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5 years 2 months and I am finished. :banana: 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.

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Gorgeous, Jeff! The colors and patterns in the wallpaper are perfect, and the stained woodwork throughout really pulls it together. Combined with your exacting craftsmanship, I'd vote this one museum quality. Congratulations! :thumb:

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Gorgeous, Jeff! The colors and patterns in the wallpaper are perfect, and the stained woodwork throughout really pulls it together. Combined with your exacting craftsmanship, I'd vote this one museum quality. Congratulations! :thumb:

"Museum quality," - that's it. Thanks Kathie for posting a most acurate description. Jeff, congratulations on a job well done and well worth the wait. - How do you plan to ship it, and where is it going to? Does your niece know it is on its way or will this be a surprise?

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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

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