False Front Assembly
By Grant Knowles

With the core of the building assembled, we can now tackle the exterior details. One of the key architectural features of this small building, is the false front which adds presence and formality to it.

Step 42
The False Front contains two “bands” of horizontal trim, one just above the store windows and a second “cap” at the top of the walls.
Locate the wood pieces for this trim – parts A1 to A4 (right hand wall) and B1 to B4 (front wall).

Rigt Wall Pieces

Front Wall Pieces

Step 43
Glue the three pieces for the Right Hand Wall together – as a sandwich.
A1 is on the bottom, followed by A2 (next biggest) and A3 (the largest).
Align the back edges when you glue them together. Note the two tabs on A1 will be extending past the edge of the assembly.

Step 44
Repeat the same process for the Front Wall assembly.
B1 is on the bottom, followed by B2 (next biggest) and B3 (the largest).
Align the back edges when you glue them. Note the two tabs on B1 will be extending past the edge of the assembly.
Also the “hook” section on the left hand end should be in alignment between the three pieces.

Step 45
Glue the B Assembly to the Front Wall by inserting the two tabs into the two holes in the wall trim – just above the store window.
Note the “hook” wraps around the left hand end of the wall.
Make sure the B Assembly is perpendicular to the wall surface. Set aside until the glue has dried.

Step 46
Now glue the A Assembly to the Right Hand Wall by inserting the two tabs into the two holes in the wall trim – just above the store window.
Make sure the A Assembly is perpendicular to the wall surface.
The 45 degree left hand end should meet with the B Assembly trim installed in the previous step. Set aside until the glue has dried.

Location of tabs for mounting the lower cornice trim.

Left - the Bottom Cornice trim.
Right - the upper two pieces have been glued togeher.

Step 47
The Upper cornice trim is also comprised of three pieces that are sandwiched together – two thin plywood layers with a thicker middle piece.
The upper two layers will “sit” on top of the walls while the third – lower piece will but against the wall.
See illustration for the details.

The top cornice assembly sits on top of the wall panels.

Align the back edge of the upper two pieces. The lower piece is inset by the thickness of the wall panel ("A").

Left - the Bottom Cornice trim.
Right - the upper two pieces have been glued togeher.

Step 48
Locate the three pieces for the Right Side Wall.
The middle piece supplied in the HO Scale kit has two errors - the markings are on the wrong side and the piece is too narrow so we have to make a new one from a scrap piece. The markings are not critical so we can fore go them moving ahead.
Locate the middle piece for the Front Wall (it is longer that the Right Hand Wall piece).
Use it as a guide for determining the width of the new piece. Dig through the left over scraps from the Kit (remember I suggested you didn't throw anyting out!) to find a piece of similiar thickness. Cut out your new piece to the new width and longer than the part supplied with the kit.
You don't have to cut it to the exact length just yet.

Step 49
Glue the piece you made in the previous step to the upper plywood piece.
Be sure to align the back edges – see illustration in Step 47. When the glue has dried, trim the ends to match the upper piece (this is when we cut the middle piece to length).

Step 50
The lower third piece needs to be positioned far enough from the back edge to allow for the wall thickness (the three layers) ("A") – see illustration in Step 47.
Glue this piece in place ensuring the 45 degree ends align.

Step 51
We will now repeat the same steps for the Front Wall Upper Cornice trim.
In this case the middle piece is about 3/32” too short so we need to address this short fall.
As per the Right Hand Wall, you have the option of fabricating a new piece for scraps or just add a spice to the end. I took the latter route.

Step 52
Glue the middle piece to the upper plywood piece.
Be sure to align the back edges and the 45 degree end – see illustration in Step 47.

Step 53
The lower third piece needs to be positioned far enough from the back edge to allow for the wall thickness (the three layers) – see illustration in Step 47.
Glue this piece in place ensuring the 45 degree ends align.

Step 54
Take the Front Cornice trim assembly and glue it to the top of the front wall aligning the back edge with the back edge of the wall.
The 45 degree end should align with the Right Hand Wall Cornice trim when it is installed in a similar manner.
Ensure it is perpendicular to the wall while the glue dries.

Step 55
Now glue the Right Hand Wall Cornice trim in the same manner.
Align the back edge with the wall assembly and the 45 degree end should mate with the Front Wall cornice trim.
Set aside until the glue dries.


The Upper a lower cornice levels are in place.
Some of the corbels are in place under the cornices.

Step 56
Install the Corbels around the lower level Cornish trim – 4 along the Right Hand Wall and 4 along the Front Wall.

Step 57
You’ll need to make a light adjustment to the wall trim before the upper row of Corbels can be installed.
The little tabs on the Overly Trim (Step 7) for the Corbels to attach to are too short.
You will either have to extend these with some pieces fashioned from the scrap or cut these off a replace with longer ones. Replace the two on the Right Hand Wall and the other two on the Front Wall.


Both tabs have been replaced with longer ones. The corbel has also been installed on the right tab.

Step 58
Glue the 1x6 trim on the outer edges of the false front walls – left edge of the front wall and right edge of the Right hand Wall. See Photo in step 60.

Step 59
Now install the Corbels along the front edge under the Upper Cornish Trim - 5 along the Right Hand Wall and 5 along the Front Wall.
Also add one to the outer edge of the front wall on the lower Cornish trim

Step 60
Install the 1x6 trim on the outer corners of the building.
a) Where the Left Wall meets the Rear Wall,
b) Where the Right Wall Meets the Rear Wall.
Note you may have to trim some of the battens to allow the trim to sit flush with the wall surface.



This completes the assembly of the core structure. Next up will be to add the roof.

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This Web page is maintained by Grant Knowles and was last updated on Jan 17, 2009.