Sunday, May 17, 2020

Scale Model - The Villein's Byre House - Part 4

This is the cutting and sanding post. A byre house is not like a modern house. It has posts down the center line, which is different than what we do today. It also highlights a fact that I have been ignoring.

My planned dimensions were 18 feet tall (3 inches in scale), 45 feet long (7.5 inches in scale) and 20 feet wide (3.33 inches in scale). This is a house that has been used since the late iron age. They didn't have rulers, they didn't go to the lumber mill to pick up supplies. That makes problems.

First, the supply issue. I want to use up materials I have on hand with as little cutting and sanding as possible. Ok, that fixes the second issue of supplies. Second, since I'm only using found materials, I can just throw my dimensions away.

Cool. That's easy and it gives a little historical realism flavor to this build, even though it's a fantasy model.

Here is the center line of this build. There are 5 posts holding a center beam.


Now, I need to create two of the four side walls. This is where a byre house is interesting. The longest walls run parallel to the center beam. I could make two different mistakes here. I could say "5 center posts=5 posts for each of the walls". Except a byre isn't built like that. The second mistake I could make is "5 center posts leave six spaces... so I need 6 posts on the outer wall". That's also wrong. The correct answer is 8 posts per wall. These posts would be located between each center line post and have one at the corner of each run of the wall. 6+2=8 per long wall for a total of 16.

10! WTF?
8 posts, with a
2 post gap in the middle
So I cut my 16 posts from basal wood and the ends came out ragged. He's how I fix this.

I put down a piece of tape and stick my neatest end against the tape edge. I do this 10 times. WTF? You need 8 posts per wall and a total of 16, why 10?

Well, I pull two out. Those posts are square, so I can now fold the whole thing in half. That gives me 2 rows of four, so we are back to eight posts. I trimmed up the tape and used the cuttings to secure the middle of this rectangular block.


This gives me a convenient shape to hold on to while sanding. It's a nice rectangular block.


I'll repeat this for the other wall and get standing. Just an fyi - I'll sand these two blocks side by side, so they will be the same. If I did them one at a time, they would just end up two different lengths. I wouldn't know anything about that mistake.... 

I'll be back with the end walls soon. 


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