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Cemetery Shed ~
The cemetery needed a shed for all of the tools. First off, the walls are glued together.
The shed has no interior. It's simply a box. The door does not open.
I put a shelf on the side for flower pots.
Tools are spread around. I made a roller for smoothing out new graves.
I also made some wooden shovels and tools.
The undertaker needs a lean-to for storage and to park his hearse out of the weather.
The roof is made of boards.
The gravediggers need a wheelbarrow.
Undertaker's Shop ~
The undertaker's shop and lean-to.
The hearse parked in the lean-to.
Lumber piles for making coffins.
The back of the lean-to.
The front of the lean-to.
The undertaker's work table.
Several outhouses has to be built for the town. These are simple structures made for one purpose.
The toilet seat.
The interior is installed.
The half moon is cut into the door. This acted as a vent.
The latch is installed on the door.
The inside and outside are stained dark to appear old and weathered.
The door is installed.
The floor is dabbed with gray paint to look like many dirty shoes have visited.
Because there was no toilet paper in those days, catalogs and newspapers were used for...well, take a guess.
This outhouse is finished.
Double Outhouse ~
The double outhouse is for the school. One side for boys, the other side for girls.
The walls go up.
The toilet seats are cut out and drilled.
The interior gets a coat of whitewash.
The outside is painted red to match the schoolhouse.
The floor is painted to appear dirty from children's shoes.
Stools are made for the smaller children.
The stools are installed.
Another thing that was used in schoolhouse outhouses were seat adjusters. These could be lowered over the toilet seat and had a smaller hole for smaller be-hinds. We wouldn't want the little kids to fall in.
In the lowered position.
Framing is put on the front of the structure.
The trim is glued on.
The doors are made and installed.
Another thing that some of the outhouses had was a lye bucket. A small bucket was kept in the stall filled with lye and a scooper. Once you were done, a scopper of lye was dropped in the hole to speed up disposal and to control odor.
Newspapers are on the seats in place of toilet paper.
Cactus Creek Graveyard ~
If people live in a town, odds are, they die in a town. Cactus Creek was no differant. So, we needed a cemetery. I made every single piece to the cemetery.
I started out by making the frames to the fence sections.
I made 18 of these fence sections.
The front gate to the cemetery after it was stained. I wanted the fencing to look old and weathered.
The gate is opened slightly inviting you to enter.
This was careful work. The sections didn't want to hold much glue. So each section was glued and let to dry before the next one was added.
The sections was stained as they were made before gluing in place.
More sections are made.
In selecting a name, I thought "Boot Hill" has been done to death, (no pun intended). So I figured that the town was named, "Cactus Creek". I also remembered that in those days, many old cemeteries in the small western towns were called, "graveyards". So, I decided on Cactus Creek Graveyard.
The fence is completed and all glued together.
The headstones have to be old, weathered and in some cases, unreadable.
Plus, there hase to be large family monuments.
Remember those old rounded gravestones?
I endded up making around 32 gravestones and monuments.
I cut a piece of thin plywood for the base of the cemetery grounds.
I set the gravestones in to check the size and area of the cemetery. It's the right size.
To create the ground for the cemetery, I use DAP caulk.
First I cut the top off of the container so I can scoop it out.
I put several clumps on the board.
The caulk is smoothed out leaving a few ruts and unevenness.
Now it sits and dries. It will take 24-hours for it to dry so that it can be painted.
Ruts are left to look like earth.
There's footprints in the dirt where the gate will be.
This will be the top of a freshly dug grave.
I began painting the dirt ground after the caulk had dried enough.
The foot path at the gate is lighter.
The fresh grave gets heavier paint.
The dead tree is actually a small piece of a limb from the maple tree in our back yard.
More caulk is spread around the tree to look like earth.
Next, I begin the painting. The green is dabbed on with a very large artist's brush.
The walkway is done where the gate will be.
Area around the tree is finished.
The fresh grave is finished.
Then I begin gluing the fence together and putting in the gravestones and monuments.
Some of the gravedigger's tools are by the fence.
The cemetery is almost finished. All of the fence is in place.
The sign is over the gate.
Old Red welcomes you in.
The cemetery shed is right next to the graveyard. All of the tools and things needed for the cemetery is at hand.
The cemetery beside the old schoolhouse.
Many old west town had a sawmill to supply the residents with the lumber they needed to construct their buildings. So, the next project is the town's sawmill.
This project began on Sept. 19, 2012. The floor framing in first to be done.
The side wall studs are next.
The side walls are glued to the floor.
The walls are clamped and left overnight to dry. The one side wall will be opened. So not as many studs are used.
A few pieces of floor boards are layed to see how they will look.
The flooring is glued in place. A hole is created for the pulley belts for the saw.
Three gables are made for the roof.
The strips are glued to the gables to hold the roofing planks.
The gable supports are cut and glued in place.
Along with the sawmill, a lumber shed lean-to is being built to store finished lumber.
More supports are added to the gables.
I had to cut another hole in the floor for the large saw blade.
I cut 12 "sandstone" blocks to set the building on. Then roughed them for age and wear.
Using my Demel with the sanding drum, I sanded the valley in the wooden pulleys.
A steam engine has to be constructed. So I begin getting the parts together.
The bed is glued onto the saw table.
The 12 blocks are glued under the building.
The legs are glued onto the saw table.
Pulleys are installed.
Another pulley is made for under the floor.
The roof boards are glued onto the lean-to.
A ramp is cut and glued.
It's not glued to the building yet.
The saw table is glued into place.
The pulley is installed under the floor next.
The saw in action???
The boiler is started. This will be the steam boiler that will operate the saw mill.
Next, the drive belt is put onto the pulleys.
The rollers are put into the feed table. This will feed the logs into the saw.
More lumber piles are made for the lean-to.
The feed table is glued into place at the end of the saw table.
The siding is glued onto the back wall.
A window is put into the back wall.
The building with the ramp at one end.
The boiler is painted.
The boiler chimney is installed.
The window framing and glass is installed.
All of the lumber piles are finished.
The tool for man-handling the logs is made.
Some of the accessories are made. Notice the rolling pin to the right of the picture...
once it's carved it becomes a spoke shave, or draw-knife.
The framing is glued around the window.
A tool box is glued to a post to hide a bad spot on the wood.
The log handler is painted.
The spoke shave is painted.
An extra saw blade is cut out of wood to hang on the wall.
The blade is then painted silver.
The accessories are put in to check the scale.
The drive pulley is put onto the boiler.
The roof planking is begun.
A beam is layed through the gables and a heavy chain is hung from it to feed the logs through the saw blade.
One side of the roof is done.
Main drive belt is installed to the boiler.
Scrap pile of wood is glued together for a firewood supply to the boiler.
The ramp is glued into place at one end of the building.
Both sides of the roof is finished.
Sawdust is glued to the floor.
Rough cut boards are on the floor after being freshly cut from a log.
A log is on the saw table after being cut. The other half of the log is on the floor.
More logs are on the feed table waiting to be fed into the saw.
All of the accessories and tools are glued into place.
The interior is finished.
A pile of cut boards are glued together.
A sign is glued into place and clamped.
The saw mill will represent a "new" building in town and will not be painted or stained, aged or weathered. Many of the old mills left one side open. So our mill will have only the back wall sided. The front wall will be left open as well as both ends. All total, the complex will consist of the mill, lean-to for finished lumber, a shed and an outhouse.