Big wall beams – big roof


Got a rush of blood to the head late on Saturday and was still running with it on Sunday so did quite a bit of this and that.

Four images in mind

Shake them all up, gently pour the resulting battery mess and smoothly spread – I seem to have tumbling roof lines, echoing layers of market cross gateau.

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross kit - homemade roof

On the kit box there are these three suggestions

So far this is what I’ve got up to

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross kit - homemade roof

Descending layers of roof lines, including a little frill of weather protection roof at the bottom of the layer cake

The outer walls

Lead partially by the small wood strip MDF pieces provided in the kit, I’d assumed I’d be doing much the same delicate and regular pattern, though a little more roughly using obeche wood lengths.  Figured it would take me two days or so to do all eight faces.  Then I pulled out the 20 mm wide strip wood bought last weekend at Pudsey fair and compared the look of it with the mix of 12 mm and thinner when held up against a wall and was immediately sold on the idea of big and chunky.  Not so much because it would be quicker (honestly) as that it seemed to look just about right to me for holding up the rather oversized roofing.

Almost down to ground level

Going up the layers from the ground, or downwards from the walling, the last piece of original kit I used is the floor of the office (the roof of the market below).  It is thick MDF with a layered stepped edge.

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross kit - homemade roof

To me it looks to have a raw finish, doesn’t take colour or sealant very well and is generally doing not a lot

Facing the MDF edge all the way round with good wood felt like a waste, so I thought about it some more.  This is where the Dunster Yarn Market lower roof made me think of adding a bit of one here.

The step shaping proved a helpful feature to plant the supports for the small skirt of roof.  I’ve used card for the roof bit, glued on the curved face of a piece of quadrant to give the slope and then sandwiched under the overhang.  Also lined the roof with wood flooring and added joining internal beams where each section meets its neighbour.  It seems fairly solid as long as you don’t go lean on it!

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross kit - homemade roof

Stop some of the rain blowing in and protect dawdlers while shopping.

Lighting compromise reached

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross kit - homemade roof

Totally gave in, bought another LED candlestick and am placing the mock torch down in the market along with a couple of others, yet to be sorted out (hopefully) to add interest and ‘warmth’ down amongst the stalls.

Why is the lower roof so shallow?  Partially me being cheapskate and not wanting to buy yet another load of tiles, but mostly I didn’t want it going out as far as the full width of the base.  The small overhang seemed a fair compromise.


Next up are decisions about that base.  Full cobbling all round or a mix of cobble, slabs of mock stone and mud?  Probably some form of mix and match …




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