[Dt99jay] lives in a historic Victorian-era district in the UK. Most homes in the area have ornate exterior window dressings with stone consoles holding up heavy stone hood molding.
The window hood molding turned out to be wood — most likely the result of damage repaired after the blitzkrieg bombings of WWII. The 1940’s era work is now rotting away, so it was time for a repair. When the hood was pulled away from the window, disaster struck. One console completely crumbled, while the other lost large chunks of material. The They weren’t solid stone after all, but replacements most likely molded with Coade stone.
There are no ready replacements for consoles like this. [dt99jay] couldn’t just swap them out for modern looking replacements, so he set about replicating the consoles. The remaining console was much too delicate to remove from the building, so [dt99jay] glued the missing pieces back on. He then filled any missing parts and carefully scraped way all the loose paint. Then came the difficult part — making a mold while the console was still mounted on the house.
Room Temperature Vulcanizing (RTV) silicone rubber was carefully applied to the console. The RTV is thick enough to stay on while it dries. After several thick layers of RTV, the console was covered. [Dt99jay] then covered the mold with plaster of Paris bandages to support it. The finished mold was carefully removed from the house, and [dt99jay] filled all the low spots and air bubbles with RTV.
New castings were made using a mixture of cement and playground sand. Once painted, the results matched perfectly. The historic conservation committee was pleased, and the window was once again structurally sound.
27 thoughts on “Replicating A Victorian Era Console”
this article’s title was a HUGE troll for me lol
Same. But I learned a new use for the world “console” so it wasn’t a waste.
So what kind of games can you play on a Victorian console?
Game of thrones? Battle of Waterloo? In search of the Holy Grail?
This is just a fucking bullshit article coming from hackaday. This is NOT a tech hack.
I wasn’t aware it had to be a tech hack? The about page for Hackaday doesn’t mention the world ‘tech’ at all. The closest thing to the word ‘tech’ on that page is “technical”.
From the Hackaday about page :
“This highly creative activity can be highly technical, simply clever, or both. Hackers bask in the glory of building it instead of buying it, repairing it rather than trashing it, and raiding their junk bins for new projects every time they can steal a few moments away.”
From my perspective, this is article is exactly what Hackaday promises. A hack.
Where’s the Arduino?
Maybe you’re the tech hack.
We are all tech hacks on this blessed day!
Hacks a hack…
Do you need consoling as well?, you seem hung up on a console not being the console of your preferred type.
I suppose one could make it a hack by scanning the surface with a laser, and printing out a replacement using a 3D printer?
Try Alt+F4. If your problem persists, try: sudo rm -rf ./
TLDR; Go. Away. Thanks :)
Oh good, we can toss every article about 3d printing, which also isn’t a hack.
I was expecting an article about Victorians console games. Was that when Pong came out?
No the pong came out when they used the privy aka the Windows.
The Victorian term for pong was “miasma”,
I was thinking some steam punk arcade machine …
I’ll have to look it up but I thought the dohickys he replaced were called corbels.
Well there you go a console is apparently an S shaped corbel.
Molding and casting is a system Ive never used I should look into it and give it a go one day.
Dealing with the hertitage committees can be a hack in it’s self :o
Some places seem to get it right and the results are very impressive – that Art Deco town in NZ ( is it Dunedin?? ) is amazing yet the Victorian esq town I live in (in Australia ) is rather pathetic yet the heritage committee is rather vocal about minor changes, except when a large company is paying them off I guess.
Wow! That’s a beautiful rebuilding work.
A 555 timer could do that. ♥
Nice job and well done but RTV cures with either a tin or platinum catalyst and doesn’t “dry).
I meant “dry”!
Sadly, he took the time to make these but decided to cover the beautiful brick work under the shelf… oh well, not my house.
May not be his choice as it’s in a conservation area. IOW, it needed to be fixed/restored to the original look.
That brickwork was structural, it was never intended to be seen.
Nice work finding that. Always wondered how to fix those horrid things so that the Conservation groups wouldn’t go bonkers.
Mind you, this also shows me how to make custom Corbels for nonpreservation properties.
Double Thank you for sharing!
As a side thought, the same method could be employed for hollow resin versions for hiding electronics inside like a Raspberry Pi W with camera!
(Trolling the tech crybabies! )
Excellent hack. HaD definitely benefits from these ‘wider’ hacks.
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