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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Applying the wattle and daub.

After yesterdays post Catherine  http://kilmouskiandme.blogspot.co.uk/ kindly asked if i could post on how i added the wattle and daub to the building. Its a very tedious and time consuming process and starts off like this.
 Firstly i cut very fine strips of Oak these are usually from off cuts which i have no use for anyway the strips are around 0.5mm thick the other main reason i use oak is that it tends to bend quite easily at this thickness without splitting.
 Once i have enough pieces i start to weave the timber together and apply a tiny amount of waterproof wood glue to the overlaps it looks complex but once you have done a few it gets easier and these can be formed to fit uneven shapes too.
Once trimmed up these can then be fitted between the main structural timbers with a tiny amount of glue.
For the Daub i use very fine filler with a small amount of water proof wood glue added to the mixture this tends to help bind it better and also helps it stick to the timber once its gone off i have also found that by adding the glue it stops the filler from shrinking or cracking, notice on the above photo how it has squeezed between the small gaps of timber to help form a secure bond.
Just before the filler goes off i tend to give it a wipe over with a damp cloth this helps smooth it out and also reduces the amount of sanding required. As i have said its a fiddly process but its as realistic to the original process as i can get. which is what i wanted from the onset of this build so a little insight into how i have achieved this step of the construction and hopefully one you all find interesting.
                                                            Happy New Year  Tony.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Adding the Duab

So i have made a little more progress on the timber framed building i have been working on.
I decided from the onset that i wanted to white wash all of the exposed timber and give it a worn type of look this made painting the daub slightly easier and also less time consuming.
Once i have completed this level i shall then start working on the roof timbers but before i attach these i will then revert back to completing the interior.
Its coming along slowly but surely and im very happy with how its turned out at this point even though i have encountered a few problems along the way. I hope all of my followers have a happy and prosperous 2018 and i look forward to sharing many more updates with you all .
                                                            HAPPY NEW YEAR  Tony.