Dumbwaiter & secret room

So after I laid some floors last weekend, I also worked on two extra special projects: building a dumbwaiter & a hidden room behind a fireplace.

dumbwaiter

dumbwaiter

The dumbwaiter is going to run from the kitchen, to the 2nd & 3rd storeys.  It is large enough for a person (well, a 1/12 size person) to get in.  I had to make a tray myself out of balsa wood (easy to cut), which I glue gunned together.  Then I added wiring to the corners.  I can’t create an actually pulley system until I start working on the next floor.

 

secret room

secret room

The hidden room is behind the fireplace in the entry hall (which is placed in a corner against a thin wall).  I’ve cut out a square in the wall over where I’m going to mount a painting in which I can cut out the eyes for spying.  This may take a few tries, being so tiny.  Access will be from the beside the library fireplace: I’m using wainscot to cover the access & will probably use some kind of spring hinge on the inside to keep it closed.

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