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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bottoms Up!

No drinking game....Just the start of the roof. I cut egg cartons apart into slate shingles last night. Not nearly enough. For a small building, this has a lot of roof. I started shingling this morning. Three rows were finished and then I got bored.

I bribed Tessie and Zar with big chocolate chip cookies to help by holding the roof vertical whilst I glued the shingles in place. That's the reason that there are only three rows. They aren't very steadfast when doing this kind of job. They kept putting the roof down and taking cookie breaks.

That pile that you see on the tray is what's usable of six egg cartons. All of the flat parts of the top. Before I finish, I will have to cut more.

I took a trip to Home Depot this morning and got the sticks to make the frame on the lot and the foundation.

Here's the underside of the ground piece. I will do the same for the foundation of the house.

I miter the corners and glue and nail the pieces to the luan.

After that, I flipped it over and put the workshop on it. I do believe that it is going to be just about right. The staircase will go on the left side, as you are looking at it.

I will have to bash that a bit. I don't want a double wide staircase. I just want it going up the side of the wall.

Poor Tessie...She keeps suggesting, "I could sure use an elevator. All of that climbing up and down to get to the second floor will tire me out. When I get there, I won't have enough energy to weave. You had better put a sleeping bag in the storage room with the wool."

It seems like, when she wants me to build something extra, she always forgets that she can zap herself in and out of places...Convenient forgetfulness....Elevator for a two story building? I don't think so...

Back to roofing...

See you tomorrow.


Lucille said...

Casey, the shingles will look really nice once they're finished. I love shingling but I think I'm an exception to the rule!

cristina said...

hi !!
you're a such wonderful artist,a great inspiration,thanks for share your work and talent with us.
let me ask about the beautiful chair in the southwest house. (saturday frebuary 12-2011) i'm trying to do a traditional mexican house and this chair is exactly what i want. please tell me how make this chair
regards from mex. :)

Kathi said...

I need to build a base for my coffee shop. I had planned to do something like you did here but didn't really know where to start.
Thanks for the bottoms up photo. I have some luan plywood but am not sure it is large enough? Will need to go check... Thanks for the tips!
Sure wish I FELT like going to Home Depot again! I hate being sick!!!

Caseymini said...

Lucille, I actually like shingling too. I enjoy the slate the best. I am not to fond of wooden ones because of all of the extra spliting and trying to cut them in half etc. These, I can easily make any size I want.

Cristina, unfortunately, I cannot take credit for the chair in that photo. It is from a company Called Take a Seat. They are now out of business. One of these days, I am going to try making some of those chairs though...Hang in there. It will be a while. They don't go with the weaver's workshop idea.

Caseymini said...

Kathi, just cut the boards for the edges as long as the base and then miter each end. The cross piece is simply cut to size. The whole thing is then just glued and nailed together with small brads.

cristina said...

casey thanks so much for answer my question you're so generous !
i'll be on touch.
the tutorial i know will be so good as everything you do...
thanks and regards :)

Sandra from Sydney said...

I really like the idea of making the shingles (slates?) out of egg cartons. My hubby keeps throwing my collections of them away - grrrr! It is tedious but the effect is so gratifying.