|Gate assembly on the left, fencing on the right|
The basic method I used was to glue the stirrers (with one of the rounded ends cut off to a strip of coffee stirrers (two stuck together) as the base.
The picture on the left shows the approximate method.
The "uprights" parts of the fence are about 40mm and I can get two strips of fencing from a single length of stirrer plus another length of 50mm.
The gates are made in a similar fashion to the fences. They are three coffee stirrers wide, have a height of about 35mm and are reinforces with the double thickness stirrers (I made a lot of these).
The photograph on the left shows 4 completed gates and another nine gates in the making.
I would be making 16 yards in total, so I needed a lot of doors and I had estimated about six feet of fencing ( I was wrong)
|Strip of gates|
A strip of gates in the making.
These started similarly to the ones above and have had the bottom 'strip' of gates cut from it.
The gate strip just needs to be cut vertically apart for another four doors.
The horizontal pieces are a single thickness of stirrer.
|The gates cut apart|
|The four doors in the pictures above.|
|Several different styles of gate|
The gate posts were two pieces of double thickness coffee stirrer glued either side of the 'hinge'.
I use several of these four-layered coffee stirrers for lintels and posts.
The large gate is for my next large model (already in the planning stage).
|Hinged gates with posts.|
The picture shows the gates with their respective posts cut to match the original one
I found it almost impossible to use clamps on them too which didn't help.
In the picture the horizontals seem to be crooked but they haven't been glued on yet and are there to merely support the uprights on the base whilst they stick.
Those of you with better eyesight than myself can spot the ruler at the foot of the picture showing the length of fences (about 14inches by 3 and a bit rows) I've made. So about 7 feet of 40mm height and four feet of 50mm height, which combined with all the gates and posts I made I reckon I've gone through well over 300 stirrers and maybe as many as 500.
They're both rough and ready, but do the job imo.
The one on the right has a stirrer base attached, that will be trimmed. I've included this not for stability, but again for strength. The left and right fences of the gate assembly are
fairly flimsy and need more reinforcement.
I'll also use the lip of the base to add some filler.
That's it then for this week, I'll be showing some of the completed enclosures next week.
As always, your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.