|Building Miniature Houses and Furniture, by Dorie Krusz|
|Image "Decorating with Architectural Trimwork"|
|First Cuts for the Project|
- Make sure you have a sharp cutting tool. I use the Utility Knife above, which gives me a good solid weight in my hand that helps me guide the cut. Others recommend a scalpel...yes, like doctors use..to make these cuts. I found the utility knife very satisfactory though, if I used care and changed the blades often enough.
- Measure the lines you would like to cut, and draw them onto the Foam Core with a mechanical pencil. I like the mechanical pencil because the line of the graphite is more controllable, and the lines can be drawn in quite lightly and precisely. I used an 18 inch steel ruler, which I highly recommend purchasing, again because it allows precision.
- Before making any cuts, be sure to measure and draw both intersecting corners. The reason for this is that you want to ensure that you have those corners square and even. If you do not, your final roombox will not be square, which creates problems for you all the way through the build. I learned this the hard way! Use a carpenters square or tri-square to ensure 90 degree angles, or an architectural triangle also works well. Measure once, measure twice...then start your cut. This is probably the most critical part of the process.
- Place the steel ruler against the line to be cut, ensuring that the edge is directly on the line. Careful...no drifting away from the line, because your cut will follow the ruler, not the line....the very act of putting pressure on the line tends to cause your hand to drift away from the line.
- SCORE the line lightly. Do not try to cut clear through the entire piece of Foam Core all at once. Hold the knife, as you draw it along the line, tightly to the steel ruler, as this will keep you from drifting.
- It is best to draw the knife from both ends of the line into the center, especially as you are working out a corner. This prevents cutting into the board surrounding the cut, especially important as you are cutting out doors and windows.
- Repeat the cut on the same line, using slightly more pressure, and cutting a little more deeply, again from both ends into the center unless you are cutting a single line clear across your Foam Core.
- Repeat until the cut is made. I have found that it takes about 4 times through before the cut is complete.
|A completed roombox|
I'll continue this post next time, explaining the process of applying the balsa sticks and showing the decisions I made to connect the roomboxes into a final whole.
Until next time!