My wife sells a lot of these wooden boxes as personalized recipe boxes, but over time, the she has collected quite a few with flaws that she won’t sell. To me, they look a bit like miniature, one-room homes right about the correct size for miniatures.
A step not shown was to sand down the lids to be a sharper triangle. I used scratched popsickle sticks to create the wooden beams and window framing. I intend to use these modularly so I put no doorway frame. Where I need a door, I will put one of my existing free-standing doors next to it.
Here you can see the sharper angle I sanded down the “lids” to using a belt sander. This way, when I flip them around they would make a taller roof peak.
I tried to create a half-and-half beam at the seam so when I stacked multiple pieces there would be a “floor” beam at the intersection. This caused them to not fit together well, so I pulled them all off.
With PVA/White-glue I pasted on row after row of “shingles” in offset layers up to the top. Then I used the leftover “shingles” trimmed to make the other rows fit and bent them into a corner/peak tile.
Getting ready to pour the plaster of paris “daub” by using masking tape to tape off the edges.
A mix of plaster of paris and water poured into the areas between beams. Not pictured is the needlepoint grating (8mm) cut to use as lead-pane windows. The tape held up well for the first pour, but any part that got wet from a previous pour would let more plaster through. Once it started spilling, I decided to also pour some on the inside for interior plaster walls as well. If I were to do it again, I would mask off each side as I was going to pour and doing the interior walls first made it easier (I could pour a bit and slosh the whole thing around to spread it before setting it down and doing the outside).
I hit everything with many coats of paint+primer in one to try and give the plaster as much strength against chips as I can. The edges were still fragile and I had to glue some back on.