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Mill Creek Haunted Hollow
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For several years, I have had a Cider Shack as part of my yard haunt. I set it up and give out hot cider for ToTs and parents. Here is a pic of the original Cider Shack.



This year, I am building a new Cider Shack (and other structures) in a Mansford/Victorian design. Here is my initial design for the new Cider Shack.



I will be building the frame out of 1x4 white board, and then cover everything with styrofoam. This will allow for lightweight structures that will be weather resistant and easy to assemble and store.
 

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Okay, I had the time so I went ahead and built the frame structure for the new cider shack roof.

Here is the basic angled frame. It is 4 ft wide, 5 ft long, and 3 ft tall.



Here it is with the dormers and windows framed out.



And here is the frame for the roof at the end of the day, with the dormer roof angle pieces added. I have built this frame so that each side can come apart with the removal of a few screws.

 

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Got started on the styro exterior last night, and put more on this morning. The Liquid Nails seems to be doing a fantastic job. Once it cures, it seems to hold rock solid. I've already used 2 tubes of Liquid Nails, so make sure you have enough. I bought 4 tubes for this project, so I think I'll be okay.

 

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I think you missed your calling, you should have been a hollywood prop carpenter! Very impressive!
HA! I would have been an architect, but by the time I figured that out, it was too late to change my major -- and the university didn't have an architecture program.

My motivation for building all of this is to test my skills and make something lighter!! I'm tired of trying to lug (or drag) heavy props around by myself.
 

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I like your original shack and love this new one. The fact that you're making a lightweight prop with that much architectural detail is impressive. The parents must love a cider break on their TOT rounds. Are you in California? I ask because you're using that crumbly insulation board instead of the good pink or blue foam everyone else has.
 
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