Skill level for model-building: BEGINNER
The John Shastid House is located at 326 Jefferson in Pittsfield, Illinois. In the year 2000 the Pike County Historical Society began to restore the Shastid House. In 2003 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a good example of timber-frame construction and frame construction without sawn lumber. Today the Pike County Historical Society now owns and maintains the building as a local historic site.
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Tips for construction of
1) For the most relaxed and enjoyable model building experience be sure to allow enough time. The cutting and assembling takes time and you will find it easier to allow some elements to dry before you glue adjacent items. Teachers may wish to break a class project into smaller multiple-day components.
2) Print the model pages out in color onto cardstock. Normal weight paper will be too flimsy. Larger, more challenging buildings can take many sheets of cardstock. For example, the Gardner Museum takes 10 sheets; Old Main requires 17; while the Old State Capitol requires a substantial 41 sheets (not for the faint-hearted). This model and other smaller less complex buildings are better for first-time or younger builders. Of the Build Your Own Lincoln Sites, this building (the Shastid House), the Thomas Lincoln home, and the Berry-Lincoln Store each only require 2 sheets; most of the Build Your Own Main Street buildings take 2-5 sheets of cardstock.
3) Although not required, you may wish to print out a second plain-paper copy as a reference guide. Once you start cutting out your cardstock model pieces you may find it helpful to be able to read all of the notes and arrows on a second, uncut, plain-paper copy.
4) Use sharp scissors or a slim, handled, craft-knife when cutting. When using a craft-knife place some kind of protective layer below your project to protect your table or desk. A metal straight-edge will assist when you cut with a craft-knife. The cork-backed ones are less likely to slip when cutting.
5) Although standard white “school” glues will work, some similar “craft” opaque white glues dry more quickly and with less warping. Clear plastic-model glues, rubber cement, or glue sticks don’t work as well.
6) When gluing, lightly glue the tabs only, not the receiving surface. Be careful not to use too much glue or the paper may warp or pucker.
7) Let the model dry after gluing each piece before attempting the next. You may find that you prefer to space construction out over more than one day.
8) To make the crispest edges, lightly score along the inside of fold lines before folding.
9) Glue the roof on last.
10) Enjoy Building Your Own Illinois historic building and check back again as we may have added more buildings to our series.