February 5, 2016:

February 5, 2016: Not much done on the mini house for the last couple of days – until today. At lunchtime I worked on getting the floor in for the second floor of the house. Which is funny, because working on the floor didn’t actually involve touching the piece of wood which is going to be the floor, LOL!

I decided that the easiest way for me to get the floor installed level and without severe frustration (having only two hands and one body) was to cut two wall pieces. The idea is to cut the walls and then clamp them to the inside surface of the walls, and then use them to support the floor while I screw it in.

But there are always challenges. I had trouble with my saw, finally figured out the nut was a bit loose. Also using my circular saw cutting jig was a pain because these walls are smaller pieces and I have not gotten around to making myself some smaller jigs. The one I am using is 48” long. Need I say more. Hmph. Well, whatever. I made it happen, and the pieces are cut. By that time, lunch was over, so nothing more today except watching a few you tube videos of some modern dollhouses.

I worked a pretty long day today too. And made dinner. I think I’m too tired to say much more tonight.

I do want to comment that I can already tell I am going to continually have to rein in my tendency to perfectionism. I am not a full on perfectionist, but it is pretty ingrained in me to try to do as good a job as possible in whatever I do. I rarely attain perfection but I suppose I am always striving for it, sometimes a little too hard. It is hard work for me to try to balance out time and finance issues with the effect I am trying to create. I have to second guess myself about what will be too much to take on. I don’t really have a time limit on this house, but I don’t want to spend ten years completing one house, either. So I’ll have to take a breath and determine which items I really need to purchase instead of making them, what I don’t have the equipment to pull off, etc.

Bathtub. Definitely buying the bathtub, probably off Shapeways. That is going to be a centerpiece for my bathroom. It has to be as close to perfect as I can get.

There are definitely specific things I want to make. For instance, I really want the fireplace and some of the house exterior to be stacked stone – REAL stacked stone. I will have to work out if I can afford the equipment I will need to cut down the 12 x 12 web backed stone tiles to the right scale.

And I want to make the kitchen – ALL the fittings, but not necessarily food or dishes. I am planning on purchasing wood veneer for the cabinetry, and probably will make “marble” or “granite” or maybe “quartz” countertops. I also want to make the appliances. The stove, ovens and dishwasher should not be too difficult, as I can use veneer stainless steel from the hobby store for those.

One of the things I can see from my online research is that the mini kitchens usually suffer from scale issues that mostly are caused by failure on the part of the makers to measure actual cabinets so that their miniatures have realistic proportions within the piece so that the item parts as well as the adjacent pieces are properly related to each other. When I say “scale issues”, I mean that when you look at the photos of the kitchens, they tend to look “wrong” and obviously miniature, rather than almost real. There are certainly exceptions to this and I do want my kitchen to also be the exception in this area.

As I fine artist student, one of the things I learned is how important it is that the parts of an art piece relate to each other, and size is a large part of that relationship. This principle also applies to the Art of Design (of furniture or buildings) because the parts of an item of furniture or the parts of a building need to relate properly with each other for both practical and aesthetic reasons. Practically, we don’t want the item or building to break or fall down, leak or have any other practical downsides. Aesthetically, we want something to look beautiful or striking or impressive, or some other positive adjective, and not “off” or unattractive or boring.

So the scale issues I’ve seen with miniatures most often seem to be caused by errors in (or possibly just not being all that concerned about) scale or relationship within the parts of the item. Frames slightly too thick. Width of a cabinet out of proportion with depth and height.

Now, I’m a beginner in this. But I’m hoping that a good eye for physics, natural handiness and good mechanical ability will help me do a creditable job on my first attempt. And I will mention right here that stubborn persistence and willingness to make corrections or start over probably won’t hurt.