Mill Creek Haunted Hollow: Construction BLOG
This is the left dormer. There's still masking tape hoping things together while the gorilla glue dried, but it's looking pretty good. After I add the ridge cap and do the obligatory caulking and painting, it will look as pretty as the other one.
And here we have the first one. All sealed and painted. I still want to add some color, but I'm not sure how yet. Maybe bring some of the chianti red into the front and inner row of the two corbels. I'm sure I'll figure it out.
These are the smaller dormers on the tower. I need to design something similar to the large dormers, but maybe not as elaborate. What I do want is a larger finial on the ridge cap of each dormer.
Added the two corbels to the underside of eack dormer wing.
Right side (before cleaning and caulking).
Left side (before cleaning and caulking).
The ridge cap and finial glued and dried. I'll trim and sand before final paint.
Another shot of the cap with some caulking started to fill in the gaps.
Extended the roof on both sides to cover the side fins of the dormer trim.
Glued in place, clamped to secure, and more caulk and paint.
Not the best angle, but you can sorta see I added the ridge cap with finial on the top
When I finally opened the panel, I could see the "size" of the problem.
I spent a lot of time designing the trim to go around the dormers. After looking at the various dormers in Disneyland, I decided to create my own pattern and go for it.
I start with a block of cedar I've ripped to 3" by 3".
Then I just go for it with my lathe chisels.
The lathe can be messy. Good to do this sort of stuff outside.
Sor far, I have three done. I need to build a template so I can get them a little more accurate.
First shot shows the tower the way it's been.
Here you can see I've added some corner edging to the roof.
Next, I added the crown molding to the top of the tower roof. (still need to paint)
The littles had their autograph books with them the whole week and got to meet a lot of celebrities.
Had to take a pic of them in front of the statue.
We usually went back to the hotel for dinner. Some people were more tired than others.
Daydreaming about the park as we ride the ART shuttle.
Candid as we ride through Storybrook Lane.
I begged to go on the monorail. Turns out they changed the route and now all it does it take you outside the park to "Downtown Disney" which is a mall. If you sty on the monorail, to continues around back to Tomorrowland.
On the train passing by It's a Small World.
A blurry pic of the castle at night.
We're ready for the fireworks! Even brought ear protection for Elly so she wouldn't get too scared or anxious.
My pilgramage is complete. The Haunted Mansion!
It was great to visit again and see the old house again.
Lovely funeral carriage.
Can't forget the pet cemetery.
Elly in line, ready to get in to a doom buggy.
We're on the road! Yesterday was a good travel day, and this morning we're waking up at the Running Y Ranch in Klamath Falls, OR. Thought I'd take a pic of the sunrise.
Built five support posts for the 12 ft bench. Each post goes 2 ft into the ground.
Saturday morning and I'm digging holes in the park! What fun.
M.J. came out to keep me company. She wanted to help dig, but I didn't want her getting hurt.
M.J. got bored, so Elly came out to play and supervise. She was very excited to help mix concrete.
All five support posts are in with concrete. First seat board shows they all line up.
Elly approved of the construction!
A shot of the completed bench with the play area in the background. The next few weeks will be weeding the play area.
Went op to the tower roof to watch the fireworks in the neighborhood.
I think the girls (Elly and M.J.) really enjoyed the time. Had their noses pressed against the glass for an hour.
The older girls were off having fun elsewhere, but I think they missed out on a great memory.
The two front sections go across the raised bed where the pumpkins grow. This really enhances the path and yard.
Need to do a bit more aging on the two posts, but I'm really happy with it. Just like everything else, these are removable. (Like I'd ever want to do that!)
I keep looking at old cars. It's a sickness, I know. I'd really like to get an old garage find and restore it. I've looked at Model A 4-doors, Hupmobiles, Plymouths, etc. If anyone has a barn find they want to get rid of for $2K or less, please let me know. You know I'll take care and restore it with love.
There are always fun, potential barn finds on Criagslist and/or eBay. Such tempting possibilities.
Last week there was a 1929 Model A 4-door (parts car) for sale on Craigslist. Seller was asking $2,000 for it.
I found the ad again this week and the seller has dropped the price to $1,650. If I call, I can probably negotiate even lower. It's not a pretty vehicle. It would need a lot of love. Probably take me several years to restore it.
Doesn't that sound wonderful?
So, here's the sign with all the pieces attached. The glue is drying and things are help on with brads and clamps.
These end caps will attach to a piece of PVC pipe which will slide over the center posts of the fence pillars.
Here's a shot of the PVC pipe and how it should attach to the wood. I used my sander to round the wood piece so it would match the curve of the pipe.
Had to get the ladder out to put thwe sign up. Also had to unscrew the two top finials from the center posts. Thank goodness I didn't glue those on!
The Welcome sign is up! The clamps are still on because I used Gorilla Glue to attack the wood mount to the PVC pipe. I also used some brad nails, but knowing how Gorilla Glue expands, I thought it best to keep the clamps on overnight.
A close-up of the clamp/mounting collar.
A nice coat of gloss spray paint to set things off. I'll hit it with a few more coats and then the water seal.
Well, the sign gets lost in the tree branches right now, but I think it looks great! Now I need to build two more sections of the iron fence to go across the front (where the white bucket is).
I just don't know what to put between them. Pattern, text, straight bars?
Got a lot of suggestions on Facebook, but it was my daughter who walked by and said, "why don't you just say, 'welcome'?"
Yes, I've very proud. At the same time, I know I'm going to miss her terribly when she goes to College in the fall.
Put some dark paint in a spray bottle and thinned it with water. Started the aging process on the fence columns.
First coat of weathering looks pretty thin in the sun.
I like where it's headed, but I need to go darker with some of the aging.
Four sections of fence up and both pillars in place.
I need to design and build the arch to go over the entry. At first, I was thinking about an arch that would say "cemetery" or "Burnside Manor" or maybe "Haunted Hollow", but now I think I'm just going to go with a nice design and not confuse people with text.
In my planning, the arch will span the two top spires.
This section will rest on top of a regular 4 ft column. The additional height will give clearance for an arch to go across the entry.
Puttling together the top section of gate pilar.
Here's the plan. First I dig a hole 18" down and put in a 3" piece of plastic pipe.
One strip will remain solid and the other has 3/4 in. squares chiseled to slide the vertial rails through.
I took an 8 ft. length of pine 1x4 and ripped it into four lengths of 3/4 in square. I then cut those to match the lengths I wanted.
Bought 50 plastic spike tops off eBay for a good price.
Happy with the fit. Gorilla glue will keep them on.
Slide each vertical piece into the top bar.
Glue and nail the bottom plate on. Very happy that each 6 ft. section will contain 13 verticals.
Securing each vertical to the top bar with a brad and some Gorilla glue. I'm hoping the glue will give a welded look when dry.
Looks like th Gorilla glue may have expanded too much. Looks a little more puffy than I wanted.
I'm going to let the glue dry completely and then see if I can sand it down a bit.
Finally painted in the base cut-outs on the porch columns. Love it.
Front porch looks very nice and pretty clean. Picked up some porch furniture to make things more comfortable.
Love my doorbell. It lights up at night.
white trim, clean siding, it's all coming together.
Corbels and coach lights look great.
The front porch. Another "to do" this summer is add the gutter to the hip roof.
For now, I just have the two columns closest to the entry painted with the red chianti detail. I'd like to add it to the other columns as well.
Wife has been working in the garden (when the kids will let her).
Under the wheel barrow is one of the two bins for the foggers to go in October. They pump fog through buried pipes across the path and front yard.
Some of them may be weeds, but they have nice little flowers.
The old bench made out of some recycled decking from a previous remodel.
Still need to finish the dormers and add the fretwork detailing.
Nice to have things painted and clean.
Pretty happy with the door dormer roofs. Added the sloping sides and other details. Still need to add the top caps and fascia.
Took a sunny afternoon to scrub the shingles on the hip roof. They had sawdust, pollen, and moss.
The two door dormers are looking better and better the more I work on them.
A rare shot of the side of the house (over the shed) showing the almost finished siding and paint on that side.
Thank goodness I have a spray gun! Still need to move the remaining wood and paint that area.
That's a good 20 feet of siding.
Working on the fascia. Looks like I need to attach the downspout.
What once was green is now dark grey. Hard to believe, but painting the house only took 12 gallons.
Need to get the brush out for the pieces of siding around the sun porch. Also need to get the weed whacker out and give it a serious pep talk.
This is the back of the house, which overlooks the park. Still need to repaint the trim (and wash those windows while I'm up there).
Another shot. My "to-do" list never ends. I need to clean up the deck railing, too.
The bare area under the tower just needs it's section of red panel attached, then I can put up the final corbels on that side.
Happy tower. Dry paint.
Detail of the apothecary (garage) tower. I need to climb up and add a shingle strip to the base of each dormer. Probably add a drip edge, too.
Love the tower, need to finish those dormers!
Another shot of the apothecary tower with clean, white trim. Of course, I'm always seeing the little things I need to fix - like filling in the nail holes on that base piece of fascia.
If you look across the top of my head, you can see the clean band of scalp where my headphones were.
This is as much as I got done. Believe me, when you're painting with a spray gun that only holds one quart at a time, it can take a while.
This is the tall side of the house. The nice thing is, it's in the shade.
This is the back of the house. Got most if it sprayed, but I know I'll have to go back with a brush.
This is the southwest side of the house. This is the side that gets all the weather. Two coats minimum for this side.
Another shot of the southwest side. I'll have to get the taller ladder over to this side so I can get to the top. Then it's up on the roof for the other green areas.