Moving at Warped Speed....
I Probably should Not be surprised, Dear Readers, at just how warped the the plywood walls for the base of the Dollmaker's Studio have become in the nearly four months that have passed since I launched this project back in July. I had thought I would build a nice sturdy little base for the Sugarplum Cottage kit to perch atop, and thought the quarter inch plywood would be quite strong enough given that the kit walls are less than an eighth inch thick. But I wasn't thinking at all about the warping possibilities! Alas, the weather is now much drier than it was in July, and the pieces that looked just fine in the humid air are no longer just fine. In the above picture you can see how much the right hand wall is twisted.
And here you can see just how much the floor is buckled.
I had thought that by putting primer and paint
on both sides of the walls,
I could prevent this sort of warping,
but apparently I was wrong.
Even the top edge of the front wall,
where I needed to cut openings for the door and the alcove,
has become alarmingly twisted out of alignment!
This will need some adjustments!
So, for starters, I had decided to add a rear,
opening wall framework, (much like for the Castle)
Which would allow for me to (hopefully)
with screws and glue,
align the twisted front the way it should be.
And even allow for the addition of
hinged doors to the front of the Studio!
(When I get to the hinges, of course)
But you can see how far out of alignment
the front wall is on this corner!
The other corner is not too bad.
The addition of the front framework will
really add stability to the whole building,
so perhaps I should be thankful that the warping
has caused me to re-think the structure before I had gone too far!
And the view from the arched doorway
will be much improved by having the fourth wall there too!
I was all set to get started
adding the screws and glue, Dear Readers,
when I discovered that my battery powered drill
was no longer taking a charge!
I have been using that drill for over twenty years
and it always charged up just fine....
but not this time.
It was too late to go out and get a new one...
if I could even get a battery for the old drill.
Clearly, Everything is going to just take longer to get done!
But at least the Dollmaker's Studio
is now on the Worktable...
And Progress is being made....
Even if it is at Warped Speed!