A Place For My Head
by Jim "Nobody" Cornell
Days of walking and many more to go. The road is can seem endless but for the occasional inn where the weary traveler can stop and wash the dust from his throat and fill his belly with a warm meal and, if lucky, can find a comfortable place to rest his head.
I wanted to build the kind of inn weary travelers might find at a crossroads somewhere. The following is how I did it...
1/4" x 1/16" basswood strips
1/4" copper tube
1/4" x 1/4" basswood
1/8" x 1/8" basswood strips
Heavy card stock
Step 1: The Lower Floor
On a piece of 1/4" foamcore, draw out the inn's lower floor using the diagram (1A) and cut out the shape. Do the same with the walls as shown in diagram (1B). The ends of each wall was cut at a 45 degree angle to cut down the amount of foam showing. From basswood also cut the shapes shown in (1C) and assemble as shown in diagram (1D). Cut the half-timbers from 1/8" x 1/4" basswood. I included an example of what they should look like in diagram (1B). I edged the floor made in step 1A with rocks made of greenstuff. When you are finished it should look like the photo (1E).
Step 2: The Upper Floor
As in Step 1, draw out the dimensions of the inn's upper floor using the diagram (2A). Cut the walls from the diagram (2B) and assembles the walls and add the timbers. The railings are made out of 3/4" lengths of 1/4" x 1/4" basswood. The thinner rails are 3/4" lengths of 1/8" x 1/8" basswood. Matchsticks would also work. When you are finished it should look somewhat like the photo (2D). I cut a few pieces of 1/4" foamcore and glued them to the bottom (2E) so that when the upper floor is placed on the lower it fits snuggly and will not move around (2F).
Step 3: The Roof
You would think that the two roofs would be an easy measurement and fit. Not so, Wall O messes everything up and to make it fit you need to cut a notch out of the second pair as shown in the diagram (3A). Now that you have that assembled it is time to do the chimneys. I cut mine out of heavy stock using the diagram (3B) and using greenstuff to sculpt the rocks. The tops were made by cutting 1/4" lengths of 1/4" copper tubing. When you get all of that done it is time to do the shingling. I cut individual shingles out of thin stock and affixed them to the roof using whiteglue (3C). If that is too much work for you, cut strips of shingles and glue them on. Sissy.
Step 4: The Paint
I started by blocking out some color to get a feel for how it might look (4A). A few lighter colors and it is finished. I included a figure to show scale (4B & 4C).
Afterthoughts: This is a fun and quick project for the beginner. If I had it to do again I would have painted the railing separately and attached it after the rest of the piece was painted.
Well, got to start the next project. 'Till then,