A little information about this build:
This is a continuation of a project that we started with the initial “design and drafting” of a simple set of plans. Anyone who has a pencil, scale rule, plastic or metal T-Square and a flat board with at least one straight edge such as a clip board can draw a similar set of plans.
Download a PDF copy of Designing Jolie's Bakery & Cafe to see how you can hand draft a set of drawings for a similar structure. This set of instructions will explain some of my thought processes and demonstrate how I go about designing a structure from scratch.
Here’s PDF copies of the “cleaned up” CAD drafted version of the plans for this build. This version includes all the design changes I made when transferring my markups from my hand drafted drawing to the construction materials. In other words for you engineering types, this is the “As Built” configuration. These CAD drafted sheets do not include the “Interior lines” for cutting out the openings for the windows and doors. To get the actual “opening” size for a particular window or door, move each outer edge of the window or door inward 3 scale inches. These files are formatted to print out on Legal size 8.5" x 14" paper.
Jolie’s Bakery & Café Sheet 1 includes a Bill of Materials
Now that you are up to speed on what I have been doing, and you have the plans and the castings or some similar castings in hand, it’s time to decide on the siding material. I am going to be working with wood siding and all my comments will reflect using that material but you may decide to use styrene sheets. Remember that you are working on the back side so all measurements will be opposite hand. If you are using directional siding such as lap siding, prior to transferring your design, place some arrows along the sheet on the back side to indicate which direction is down. Yes, I know it sounds stupid until you discover that you have accidentally made that mistake.
Tools and Other Sundries:
Before getting into the building of Jolie’s Bakery & Café, let me talk briefly about tools, techniques and skills associated with this project. I am going to assume that you may want to build your own Jolie’s Bakery & Café or some similar structure so allow me to throw out a few comments about tool and materials selections.
You will need a few basic tools to complete this or a similar project. You’ll need one or more X-Acto knives with no. 11 blades and a chisel blade would be nice to have. I have a personal assistant, Stanley who I introduced in my June 23, 2012 Blog. Stanley assists me by keeping all my tools readily available and within easy reach.
Many modelers use a white or yellow carpenters wood glue, I prefer to use Ambroid glue because I like the way it permeates the wood and shrinks when it dries. I have models over 35 years old that were assembled with Ambroid glue and have never had a joint failure.
I also use a medium viscosity ACC glue for adding small parts. Whatever your preference in glues, a box of round wooden toothpicks and a box of the thinner flat wooden toothpicks are indispensable for applying small quantities of glue exactly where it is needed on the model. Some modelers use way too much glue as they must feel it is necessary to achieve a good joint or maybe to compensate for a bad fit between parts. The trick to achieving a tight bond between components is not how much glue is used but rather keeping pressure on the joint while the glue dries. To achieve tight joints, I first select what I believe is the proper glue for the job and then I make use of numerous clamping devices as well as heavy objects from around my shop to compress assemblies while the glued joint is drying.
I have been a faithful user of Floquil paints for many years. On this build I use three Floquil colors and to make a stain that is dry brushed on the walls I thin the paint with a solvent called Xylene/Xylol which I buy at my local ACE Hardware store in quart cans. On this project I used a #3 size soft bristle brush for applying the India ink stain. I used a #5 flat, stiff bristle, brush to dry brush the walls and all trim. I will be using my airbrush to paint the window and door castings but they can also be brush painted.
I have found that given enough time, any structure built from wood will warp and twist itself so as not to sit level. To offset this tendency, I have added a lot of 3/16” x 3/16” interior bracing.
With coffee in one hand and jelly filled donut in the other let’s head for the shops and start building Jolie's Bakery & Cafe.