This week has been exceptionally busy for me but i have managed to construct the footings and floor for my very first build. As mentioned in my previous post i have decided to construct the cobblers shop in 1/24th scale as opposed to 1/12th the main reason for this is at the moment i am limited to the amount of old oak timber i can lay my hands on and constructing it in 1/12th scale would use a considerable amount.
All the floor boards were cut individually and sit on a framework of oak joists which are then surrounded around the edge with Cotswold stone each floorboard is fixed into place with tiny dowels i used a total of 129 boards and over 500 dowels to fix them in place then just treated the floor with bee's wax. Its not perfect by no means but that's the way i like it, they look like battered and bruised boards which have been sitting there for the past couple of hundred years. I spent a day last week visiting a local property that was built in the 1600s looking at and measuring floorboards and measuring the stone work foundation that the house sits on.
This wont be a quick build its mainly something for me to do when I'm not making furniture, in saying that though its something I've wanted to do for sometime now and thought it was about time i started it. I have no idea how its going to turn out although the basic plan of the ground floor is firmly stuck in my head and as the building grows other ideas and thoughts will probably creep in so I'm keeping open minded. I will also be making most of the furniture and other accessories for the shop so its kept in line with the period.
The building itself will be Tudor but the shop and all the contents will date from around 1850 as this is the time period that the cobblers shop my farther served his apprenticeship with was established.
I'm looking forward to this build and I'm sure that i shall come across many problems and dilemma's but half the fun is working around these and solving them.
A warm welcome to my new followers, many thanks for taking the time to read my journal and take an interest in what i make.
Have a great weekend everyone.