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 Posted: Sat Jun 6th, 2009 06:51 pm
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I decided to open a miscellaneous thread for everything left to build on the Proctor Farm. I'm not real sure what you will find in this thread, but it will be a whole bunch of detail items that hopefully will make the Farm come to life.

To start out with the kids have a fire pit that was built several years back from brick pavers and field stone. The pit is a foot and a half deep and about five foot across, so a very nice fire can be built there. We have spent many an evening sitting out there under the stars watching the satellites go by overhead. Yep, we had lots of fun out there, just us, the mosquitoes, june bugs, and the bats!

Enough jabbering, heres the fire pit:








The talus I used for the field stone has a bit more jagged edges than the actual field stone, but that's ok, once the fire is lit it will round out the edges! :shock: :shock: :shock: :mutley

The gaps between the rows of brick look hugh in these pictures, but actually they are barely visible. Since I can see them in the photos so well, I will try and fill them with something, not sure exactly what though. A grain of sand would just sit up on top.

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Wayne you might just get away with a little paint ,worth a try.

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Like Owen has said just paint it, as it looks good as it is, just what are you going to come up with next.

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Alan, I have three fences to build, 2 flower gardens, 1 water garden, trees, shrubs, mail box, old fashioned diner bell, to name a few. Most of which I haven't a clue yet on how to make them.

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Wayne Williams wrote: Alan, I have three fences to build, 2 flower gardens, 1 water garden, trees, shrubs, mail box, old fashioned diner bell, to name a few. Most of which I haven't a clue yet on how to make them.

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And after that,........................ a layout :thumbs

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we hope !!!
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Alan wrote:And after that,........................ a layout :thumbs

You Betcha :thumbs

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Wayne Williams wrote: Alan, I have three fences to build, 2 flower gardens, 1 water garden, trees, shrubs, mail box, old fashioned diner bell, to name a few. Most of which I haven't a clue yet on how to make them.

Wayne


"And a partridge in a pear tree ", :mutley:mutley:mutley

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Today being Monday I have plenty of time to work on the Misc. items. The first being the fire pit is in bad need of stones and painting. The stone posed a unique problem in that I wanted each stone to stay where I placed it without showing great globs of glue.

My solution was to make a very thick version of PVA glue. I mixed some foot powder (50/50) with the white glue. It became very thick and as you can see in the second picture it even holds my stir stick upright, and the glue is still wet too.

Anyway, that mixture worked perfectly, I could place each stone right where I wanted it and it would stay there.




Now comes the painting. The prototype stones are red and blue in color, so I will try and duplicate that. The colors came out very sharp looking as you can see in the next two photos.



Now to tone down those bright colors. I used a concrete colored paint watered down quite a lot. I applied three coats of that and two coats of a black wash. I even added wood in the pit for the next evenings gathering.


While I was adding the wood in the fire pit I decided to make some outside storage areas for excess fire wood that the wood shed can't hold. You can see the results in the next two photos. The dark brown bottom board will be sunk down into the foam at a later date. I ran out of cut logs, so that is now on my to do list. I also want to make a pile of uncut logs, ready for the splitter, to place around the wood shed on the layout.




Still lots to do.

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certainly a busy bee Wayne,the pit is spot on.
can`t wait till spring for all that snow to melt
bet the grass will be a lovely green then ???

:doublethumb:mutley:mutley:cool:

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This just keeps getting better Wayne!

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Another masterpiece!  You might need a bit more insulation before you light the fire, though. :mutley



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Thanks for the progress reports Wayne, nice work going on there :thumbs.

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It's all so good, I just cannot tell you how good this is going to be when you have finished and this is just the farm section, you are without knowing it, building a Master Layout here, one that people will talk about for years to come. :thumbs

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I have a couple of buildings that need making for New Bou.................................. No doesn't matter, you will be to famous soon to remember us :roll:

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Thanks Everyone for your very nice comments! It does help in keeping me going.

But please don't forget to let me know when something doesn't look right, I need to know that too.

Alan, Don't fret, if I forget you all, it will only be because of dementia! :lol::lol::lol:

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Looking great Wayne - and don't worry, we've been trying to find something that isn't right but so far, we've failed.

I thought I'd got you in your first couple of shots of the fire pit - I thought you were making a Catherine Wheel and wondered if you'd got an explosives licence. :cheers:cheers:cheers



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I might need it when they light their first fire! :pedal:pedal:pedal

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Lovely stuff Wayne...but did I read it rightly....FOOT POWDER????
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Cheers,John.B.

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Wayne im surprised Max has not suggested a flickering red LED for the firepit

That will give it a real firepit look

cheers Brian

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