How to make an elf cave
Page 01: Preface, introduction, safety stuff
Page 02: About measurements, tools, materials
Page 03: Construct the pipe frame
Page 04: Pipe frame, about the wire netting
Page 05: Apply the wire netting
Page 06: Make the door, a dabble into plaster
PROJECT INDEX CONTINUED
Page 07: Make a mix of plaster
Page 08: Plaster at leisure
Page 09: Apply the second coat (cement plaster)
Page 10: A few important notes
Page 11: User Comments/Photos
Video: See a short clip at Youtube
10. Make the door
Cut a hole for the door using wire snips or similar.
Fold back any excess netting on the sides and fold up any excess netting hanging down.
This will make a good solid door head. Situate the doorway at the lowest part of the ground, so that when it is finished rain water won't run in.
Make a window in any place or any size you wish. Just cut a hole in the netting and fold up the netting like you did for the door.
A dabble into plaster
Cement plaster is a mixture of cement, sand, and water. This is the most basic of cement plasters. Most professional plasterers also use other additives that can make the plaster more pliable, stick better, dry faster, or even be more waterproof. However, a basic plaster mix is fine for this project. Plaster mix can be bought in handy size bags but that is only economical for small jobs. Also bags of sand can be purchased in handy size bags as can bags of cement.
But for this project? - Loose sand can be purchased by the trailer-load which is the most economical way for this project.
An average car trailer can usually hold half a cubic metre (18 cubic ft).
When making the plaster,
make the mix ratio four parts of sand (washed sand) to every one part of cement.
You will probably need a trailer load of sand and at least three 40kg (90lb) bags of cement, but this can vary greatly depending on how thick you plaster or how much you waste.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CEMENT PLASTER AND CONCRETE?
Just the stones. Plaster is a mixture of cement, sand, and water. Concrete is a mixture of cement, sand, gravel, and water.