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Attic additions and another Bauder Pine trunk

About a year ago I posted about the Bauder Pine attic roombox inside a trunk. Recently I spotted another one on eBay, but this was a Spanish style. I was going to bid on it, but I always wait until the very end of the auction, and this time I forgot that I had to log in to eBay before I could bid. By the time I logged in, the auction had ended. *facepalm*

Anyway, someone got themselves a nice treasure! I hope whoever bought it doesn’t mind that I grabbed the photos off eBay.

My attic trunk has an open front, but the front of the Spanish trunk slides open and closed.

Inside it has stucco walls and a clay tile floor. The tiles look a bit large. If I’d bought it, I might have replaced it with a dark hardwood floor.

Like my attic trunk, the top of the Spanish trunk swings open on hinges.

That allows access to the area behind the wall, but the Spanish trunk doesn’t have electricity like mine does. Seems like this would make the area behind the wall too dark to see through the windows, but maybe some light comes in when the top of the trunk is open.

The bottom of the eBay trunk was signed and numbered 19/50. Seeing this made me check my own trunk roombox, but mine isn’t signed. I heard that mine was offered as a workshop at the NAME 1987 national convention, so the fact that it’s not signed probably means it was finished by the person who took the workshop, not by Bauder Pine.

My attic has picked up a bit more clutter since I posted about it last year. Here’s how it currently looks.

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Turret house – finishing the shingles

When I bought the Turret House, it was already shingled except for the left side of the small gable. The builder had marked off rows 3/8″ apart and left instructions to “leave space” at the left side and overhang the shingles by 1/8″ at the right side.

The house came with a spacer for the side where they said to leave space. It’s about 1/8″.

The dormer on the side of the house also has the 1/8″ space between the shingles and the siding. This made the painting and staining easier, so maybe that’s why they did it, but I decided to run these shingles right up to the side of the house.

As for the overhang, last week I added 1/8″ trim to the front of the gable, so I just needed to install the shingles flush with the trim. This is good, because I don’t think my overhang would have been as neat.

I was intimidated to do these shingles, because the builder did a very neat job and I wanted my shingles to match. I often have trouble with the second row of shingles sticking out more than they should, because the first layer that they’re overlapping is flat against the house instead of slightly angled like the rest of the rows. I noticed that the builder had put a little piece of wood under their first row of shingles so they stick out from the house.

I decided to try this. I also cut down the first row of shingles so they would start at the line the builder had drawn.

The second row overlaps nicely. I think this is partly from the spacer under the first row and partly from the 3/8″ spacing between rows, which is larger than I usually do. In the past I’ve done 5/16″ and 1/4″, but the 3/8″ spacing looks nice, so hopefully I’ll remember this for future houses.

Unfortunately the builder hadn’t left instructions for how to handle the top row. This section of the roof lifts up, so the shingles can’t be glued to the edge of the opposite roof, but I thought I could glue them at the bottom with enough overhang to reach peak. But if I lined up the shingle with the top of the roof edge, this left too much of a gap at the bottom.

I stained a piece of corner trim and set it on top of the peak.

The corner trim is only glued to the side of the roof that lifts up, so the part that overlaps the stationary side of the roof lifts away when the roof is open.

Then I lined up the top row of shingles so the tops just meet the edge of the corner trim.

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Turret house front facade (part 2)

Here’s where we left off last week:

Two things were bugging me. One was that gold trim on the front edge of the porch roof. For some reason I had thought it would be MUCH easier to paint the edge of the porch blue, since the surfaces were also blue. But as soon as I saw that gold trim up there I knew the blue andmsl the gold had to be the other way around. The other was the gold corbels over the fishscale shingles, but I had decided to let those sit to see if they grew on me.

Ripping the gold trim off was easy. I painted over the edge with gold, which only took one coat.

Painting over the gold trim was a little more difficult. It has a grainy texture and even with a few coats it seems more muted than other blue elements. But I think it looks much classier this way. After gluing it on, I went over the top and bottom edge to cover up the little bit of gold that was showing at the seam (which of course turned out to be way less work than painting these twice was).

Next I masked off the quarter round at the bottom of the bay window and filled in the gaps to paint over them.

And somehow I hadn’t noticed these huge gaps in the crown molding I glued over the entry peak.

Wood filler to the rescue!

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