I laid my sketch of the trailer on a kitchen chair last night before I went to bed. Little did I know that elves would add finishing touches to the drawing....I caught Zar, pencil in hand, standing on it this morning.
Poke the photo and you will see what he did to the plain old half timber trailer....Now he wants all of his ideas put to use. I am beginning to think that he is related to Rube Goldberg as well as being Steampunkian.
He now wants a rooftop pavilion, a staircase leading up to said pavilion, lots of plumbing around the kitchen area and also pipes leading to what he is calling the "Shower Tower"...
As if I didn't already have another couple of weeks of work on this project.
Oh well....I should start. He is helping. He wants this done, so that he can stop handing out cookies and muffins and relax.
I started with the stair steps going up the end of the trailer to the roof. At least he didn't demand an enclosed staircase....Please don't suggest this to him.
I am making the stairs from 3/4" cove molding. It is perfect for making stairs without a lot of math and planning. I cut it in 2" lengths and then applied those to a piece of 1/16" bass wood, cut to size. One edge of the front of the cove is cut straight across and the other is rounded. I glued each step to the bass wood base with white glue, keeping the rounded edge of the cove to the top. I will later put an extra cap of wood on each step with an extended front. Right now I am just blocking things out.
I fitted it to the side of the trailer and cut between the steps that I didn't need, knowing that I could use the rest of the steps to finish the L shaped stairs. I think that Zar is going to have to do a few steps ladder style, going up the straight side of the roof.
I cut a couple of old porch posts to the right height to make the steps level.
Right now they are just propped up against the wall to make sure that they fit.
Of course, Tessie couldn't wait to try them on for size. And of course, she started complaining when she discovered that they didn't yet go all the way to the top.
I am designing this, with Zar's input as I build. Who knows what it is going to look like when I finish? At least I am not getting bored and the six year old's attention span is keeping busy.
See you tomorrow.