Thursday, April 4, 2019

Wild West Exodus Build #1 Doctor's Office

So, after a long, long time, I'm back at blogging.  I have put together several of the Wild West Exodus buildings by Warcradle and I'm having a blast with them.  I thought today I would take several pictures and post my thoughts and comments.  Overall, the WWX buildings go together very easily and very well.  I have only have very minor problems and once I put together a couple and figured out a few tricks they have gone together smoothly.

Today I put the Doctor's/Post Office office together during lunch.  It's great that you can build this as two different buildings.  In this build, I used the Doctor's office sign.  It took about 75 minutes to build and that includes letting my dogs outside and actually eating lunch.  I would rate this as one of the easier builds of the series and would be a great place to start.

Here are all the pieces laid out and the tools I used, Gorilla wood glue and an exacto knife.  In most cases I break out the pieces just using my thumbnail.  In a few cases, I use the knife to help cut out the piece.  All the pieces on this build come out very easy except part of the door frame which as been a chronic issue with all the builds. 

This is a typical front for the buildings in the series.  The doors have been the biggest challenge overall, but I'm getting the hang of them now.  Overall the directions are pretty good,  I do dry fit the pieces as sometimes it is hard to tell which way the pieces go together.  Sometimes when you are bunching out one piece another may fall out.  I just set these aside and make sure I know what number the pieces go to, in this case the numbers where on the piece that come out. The number of the piece I will use later on is on the far left side on the top piece (A4).  I will mention this again later.

One thing I did learn from the doors is to make sure the notch that is mention in the instructions goes in this orientation.  The single notch goes at the bottom and faces out. 

One of the few problems I have had getting the pieces out has been with the top and bottom of the door frames.  As you can see below, part of the notch on the left has extra wood in the notch.  I have found that this is really no big deal, just make sure you clean the notch out with a knife. 

Here is the front completed. 

The next section took me a minute to figure out as the picture wasn't super clear.  Once again dry fitting really helps when you are not 100% of how the pieces fit together.  Mainly which is top/bottom and left/right.  I actually attache one piece backwards at first.  The good thing about the gorilla wood glue is that it is sticky enough to hold the pieces together but gives you time to redo pieces if needed. 

Wasn't sure about what "horizontal" meant in the instructions,  The front of the build should have the side pieces even with the roof.

The back should hang over the roof piece.  

Here is the completed roof.  Notice the back piece lines up with the overhanging side pieces.  Also you can see the front of the roof piece attached correctly.  I had the texture facing forward at first. 

Not a very good picture but the start of the front porch.  

Note the notches for the stairs are facing down. 

The front with frame for porch and stairs attached.  One note here is that the textured piece goes on first with the small piece going underneath.  I actually built this part upside down, then turned it over to fit into front of the building. 

Another view the the step-by-step insturctions.  This is the piece A4 from the very beginning.  Also note that the numbers listed E2/E3 on the picture of the building do not match the numbers in the directions A7/C9. 

The final product


  1. Nice work! Looks like it came out well, despite the numbering errors. I'll get behind Gorilla glue as well, its good stuff.

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