I am deliberately writing this as the build goes along so if things occur to me as I go, I can share them........
Here's one .........This may well be stating the obvious but I admit to it not being thought about by me on my first build. It is pretty much essential you have a good, clear, level surface to work on. My previous builds have all been done on a piece of the packing cardboard on a kitchen work surface and this has been fine as I had the luxury of a space I didn't have to use so the work could sit there for days as the build/painting went along. This time I am working entirely on the trolley that the house will eventually inhabit. This too is fine. Flat and strong and big enough is what's needed.
Another thought is, if you can, scrounge up (or buy) very large clamps that carpenters use they would really help the process. I don't have any, or access to any, so I manage best I can by holding joints together (applying pressure) until they 'tack up' or weighing down with books. Now and then the occasional bit can be clamped with the few puny clamps I do have. Being a bookworm always helps!
|couple of apologies for clamps and some books to add pressure while drying|
The tips/thought will be pretty random - here's another..... remember to move your pieces around as soon as they will allow otherwise you could find you have just unintentionally glued two pieces to the surface you are working on!
Here are some more thoughts and pictures of the pavement being built.
|square up as you go|
|best tool in the box|
Without a doubt the best tool in my toolbox is a toothpick - well hundreds of them actually. They do too many jobs to list them all here; right now that little soft point is clearing out excess glue.
|extra wall (right side)|
|needs one here? (left side)|
|front piece a bit too tall|
The final thought for today is: Try your very best to stop being a perfectionist.
You are dealing with a mass produced, machine cut, MDF doll's house and it will not be perfect. By all means be fussy and, later, remedy what annoys you with wood-filler, sanding down and paint. The only person viewing your house that will pick at microscopic faults will be you, try to be like them and just enjoy it.
Eh, Voila! a pavement front to the basement all finished...... now for the big one!